When Samsung announced its new Super Fast Charging 2.0 system was based on USB PD, the industry rejoiced. By using an open standard, Galaxy users could pick from hundreds of third-party chargers in addition to first-party options from Samsung. Trouble is, this never came to fruition.
The big hurdle is the fact Samsung's Super Fast Charging 2.0 (SFC 2.0) requires chargers to support two standards: USB Power Delivery 3.0 (USB PD 3.0) and Programmable Power Supply (PPS). USB PD 3.0 is pretty easy to come by, but finding a charger or power bank with it and PPS is another story.
Whereas USB PD 3.0 allows supported devices to use fixed voltage levels to charge (e.g., 5 V, 9 V, 15 V), PPS lets the power supply communicate with the charging port and battery to dynamically adjust the voltage and current based on the current conditions. This allows the charger to ramp up to higher voltages when conditions permit, then slow down when the battery needs to cool off.
So it makes sense that Samsung would require both standards, but the fact remains there aren't many power banks that support both. In fact, I scoured the internet for one to go with my S20 Ultra preorder and was only able to find one:
At $59.99, it's pricey, but it's only $10 more than the 45 W power brick from Samsung. But this is a portable power bank capable of charging your Galaxy S20 Ultra four times before it needs recharging. And with Super Fast Charging 2.0, that means it can charge your S20 Ultra from 0% to 100% in less than 75 minutes.
The Galaxy Note 10+ also comes with ships Samsung's Super Fast Charging technology, so this power bank will charge at up to 45 W with the late-2019 flagship as well. Who knows how many more third-party manufacturers will support these standards, but for now, take advantage of one of the few that does, especially considering it's such a great price.
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