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USB type and fast charging explained.

Why use magnetic lightning cable.

Charging your iPhone, or any new smartphone using a magnetic phone charger cable exerts a lesser amount of stress on your charging port than a typical charger.

As a smartphone owner, you have invested a great deal of money by purchasing your phone, as much as $2149 for the new iPhone 11 Pro Max with a 6.5-inch display, or $2099 for the new Samsung Galaxy Note20. Therefore, it makes sense to protect your investment where you can. A damaged charging port is one of the top 10 most common problems with modern smartphones.

Using a magnetic charging cable with an iPhone guarantees you an extra level of protection as it prevents wear on your charging port as well as preventing foreign debris from ending up in the port.

Using a magnetic charging cable will enhance the life of your phone and by reducing the wear on your phone port. Instead of purchasing a brand new device when your charging port wears out, the magnetic cable micro USB plug will provide you with the bonus of stopping debris from blocking your charging port as well as preventing wear from constant plugging and unplugging.

Unfortunately, every recharging cable begins to degrade over a period. However, while this is unavoidable, most standard cables on the market are cheaply made and of inferior quality, some only lasting several months.

The THORS magnetic cable is one of the toughest and most durable cables available and with careful use and care can last you for a much longer time than the cheaper cables.

Fast charging.

Most new smartphones support fast-charging.

Thors magnetic cables support fast charging up to 3A as long as you have the correct power pack to push the watts.

iPhone Fast Charging Explained

Starting with the iPhone 8 back in late 2017, Apple has adopted the USB Power Delivery standard and all new iPhones released since then, including the recent iPhone 11 Pro family, support the same maximum charging speed of up to 18 watts. (Watts = Amps x Volts)

However, in order to use that maximum speed, you do need to have an 18W power adapter as well as a cable capable of handling the amps. Apple was notorious for not providing such an adapter in the box with most iPhones. Only the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the iPhone 11 Pro ship with such an adapter. For all other iPhones, you need to purchase this adapter separately.

You can however use a third-party power adapter that is not made by Apple and still get those fast, 18W charging speeds. You must make sure that the adapter you purchase supports the USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard. For example, a standard Samsung Galaxy S20 series phone charger also supports the same USB-PD standard and will also deliver the maximum 18W charge to iPhones.

 

Samsung Galaxy Fast Charging Explained

Samsung has been supporting different fast-charging standards in the past, but it has now adopted the widespread USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard with the Galaxy S20 series and the Note 10 series of phones.

There are some nuances, though: for example, only the top tier Galaxy S20 Ultra and Note 10 Plus support a super-fast charge rate of 45W. To achieve those charge rates you need to purchase a separate power adapter from Samsung. The regular S20+ and S20, as well as the Note 10 only support 25W charging speeds, and they come with 25W adapters in the box.

Earlier Samsung phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, S10 and S10e only support the Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 standard and they max out at charging speeds of 15W.

For somebody who's always on their phone or prefers to get a quick top up before going out, you can use your Thors fast charging magnetic cable, which can handle up to 3A of current, however using a slower charger will negate your reason for purchasing a new fast charger.

The Stella Magnetic data/charge cable allows the transfer of information from your phone to a computer or some other USB device like a drone, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. www.thors.co.nz has the Stella data/charge cable in 1m and 2m lengths and adapters for iPhone, USB type-C as well as micro USB

A magnetic charging cord, but you can find many lingering questions about safety. You can certainly not be too cautious, and you have to be sure beyond any uncertainty that a magnetic charger won't damage your device in any way.

The magnetic USB c cable appears much like a micro USB connector in the beginning glance. However, it is much more oval fit and somewhat thicker to support it's a most significant feature: unflappability.

Like Magsafe and Lightning, the Thors magnetic charging cable USB type-C does not have up and down orientation. Simple line up the connection plug correctly and plug it in. You won't ever have to flip it through to plug it in the ‘right way’.

The Thors magnetic cable micro USB connection plugs have the same trapezoid shape as the standard plugs and need to be aligned in the correct manner, ie they will only fit in one way.

The Thors iOS/Lightning connector plugs need to be placed with the pins facing down and the blank plate facing up to correctly get a charge in your iPhone.

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