New Samsung accessories include two 25W fast charging power banks and a 45W car charger
Tuesday was a big day for the tech world. Samsung Unpacked 2020 was a comprehensive event as Samsung launched the flagship Galaxy S20 series, the clamshell Galaxy Z Flip vertically foldable phone, and the Galaxy Buds+ wireless earbuds. The Galaxy S20 series consists, of the standard Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. These phones have many upgrades, and come with super-high price tags to match. Samsung’s Galaxy S series is the world’s top selling Android flagship phone series, and they have an whole ecosystem of accessories. Samsung’s first-party accessories page for the Galaxy S20 5G series in the US is now live. Along with many cases, it details that Samsung has quietly launched two 25W fast charging 10,000mAh banks and a 45W car charger.
The first power bank is called the 25W Wireless Battery Pack, and its battery capacity is 10,000mAh. It has two USB Type-C ports that enable users to charge their phones at up to 25W charging speed via the USB Type-C Power Delivery standard (USB-C PD). It has Qi wireless charging as well, which lets users charge their phone, smartwatch, or wireless earbuds by placing them on top of the power bank. This one received FCC certification a couple of months ago.
The second power bank is named the 25W Battery Pack. It also has a 10,000mAh battery capacity and a wired charging speed of 25W for compatible phones. The major difference here is that it doesn’t have wireless charging, while retaining two USB Type-C ports. Samsung mentions that 25W fast charging is not supported by the two power banks when two devices are being charged at the same time.
The third new item is a a 45W car charger. It’s named the “Dual & Super Fast Car Charger.” It has two USB ports. The first is a standard USB Type-A port that outputs 15W of power, while the other is a USB Type-C port that outputs 45W. It comes with a 5A USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable that is necessary for 45W charging. This same cable is bundled with Samsung’s 45W wall charger. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the second phone by the company after the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ to support 45W fast charging, but Samsung doesn’t bundle a 45W charger in the box. Instead, that must be bought separately as the box only contains a 25W charger, same as the standard Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy S20+. Both of the latter phones support 25W fast charging, instead of 45W. The 45W car charger will charge 25W charging speed-capable devices at 25W, as that is the maximum these phones support.
Samsung is relying on USB Type-C Power Delivery 3.0 for 45W charging on the Galaxy Note 10+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It hasn’t been all smooth sailing as many users have reported the Galaxy Note 10+ refuses to charge at even 25W with many third-party chargers. PPS support is an absolute must if users want fast charging on Samsung phones. At least the company isn’t using a proprietary fast charging standard unlike many of its China-based competitors.
Samsung hasn’t revealed the pricing and availability details of either the two power banks or the wall charger. It’s fair to expect this information to be released around the time of the Galaxy S20’s official launch date, which is March 6 in the US. These accessories are expected to be widely available considering the history of Samsung’s strong device ecosystem.