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Does USB 3.0 charge items faster then USB 2.0 ??

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by chaparral, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. chaparral


    Joined: Nov 27, 2005

    Posts: 17,151

    Location: Guernsey -channel islands

    Am i right in thinking that having my rechargeable items plugged into USB 3.0 ports will charge faster then being plugged into usb 2.0 ports ??

    (As USB 3.0 output is rated at 900mA and USB 2.0 output is only rated at 500mA)

    List of some the stuff i charge by plugging into a USB port..
    Sony PSP
    Sony Vita
    Razor Mamba Mouse
    Mobile Phone
    Xbox360 wireless pad
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012
  2. FreeStream


    Joined: Apr 10, 2004

    Posts: 13,077

    If the device is capable of charging faster then yes.
  3. Unicorn


    Joined: Dec 24, 2011

    Posts: 4,356

    Yes, If u want to charge super fast take a look at the BitFenix range that includes a Super Charge port :) (Will support all tablets/iPads etc)
  4. C.R.A.Z.Y


    Joined: Aug 21, 2010

    Posts: 3,999

    Depends on the device being charged tbh.
    Not sure if it's a standard but with Android it will not detect AC-Charge unless the data lines are shorted so even if you plug it into USB3 it will still only charge at 500mA.
    You can overcome this by purchasing a charge only cable that has these lines shorted.

    That said it's better to charge at a slower rate anyway as it damages cells less, I always trickle charge my phones overnight with a custom made <250mA charger :)

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