Ventev holds a special place in my heart as my first Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 charger, so when their PR person wrote and asked me if I wanted to play with some of their new products, yup. I’ve been using their first QQC2 charger since I reviewed it with no issues other than my wife stealing it because it works better at her office.
Ventev has a response to this article you may want to read afterward as I state incorrectly how things would charge under full load.
So, we’ll start with what’s wrong (in my mind,) with this because that’s what’s on my mind at the moment. That is there’s only one 2amp Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 port, and then five ports that share 8amps.
This means if six things are empty, plugged in, and pulling maximum amperage, you’re looking at 2amps to the dedicated QQC2 charger, and then 1.6 amps per port.
Now normally this isn’t the use scenario. You’ve got a phone or two that’s power hungry (and one can use the full 2 amp QQC2 port,) you’ve got a tablet or two sitting there that have been charged and are just fine not pulling anything, you’ve got that one smartwatch type thing that’s sitting there pulling half an amp.
Normal use, including for power hungry jerks like me with an Amazon Fire Kids, an iPad 2, my wife’s phone, the HTC EVO 3D we use for light, sound, and baby music, my phone, and a rogue SNU:MEE, it handles everything without compromise.
I’ll point out if all of those devices were drained completely and then plugged in it still would not be compromised because the draw on the non QQC2 ports would be 2.5 for the iPad 2, 1 for the fire kids, .75-1.0 for the EVO, and 1 for the SNU:MEE.
If I had a bunch of tablets or 2+amp phones attached and dead, it would be a problem.
Also having two Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 devices – my wife’s M8 and my M9, only one of us gets to fast charge. I’d love to see more dedicated ports as I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed 5-port devices with two (although lower total amps so you really screwed with the remaining).
Overall, under load, I didn’t notice a perceptible heat increase, the thing performed like a charger should, the only issues you’re going to really probably face are that at the moment it doesn’t stand out for features, and the price is about double what comparable products have.
Hopefully that will be remedied when they get onto Amazon with this product. However at this point we’re seeing Quick Charge 3.0 making its way into everything so I’m a little bit skeptical that even with a lowered price this will be the tech to wow in the next couple of months.
As bad as all of that sounds, it doesn’t heat up, the one QQC2.0 port works amazingly, and it’s a very solid device, if a little late to market.[Ventev]