Got my hands on another one off to review, and I think this is going to see long term use in my house. There are no less than 18 USB ports in my living room, combining my mid tower computer and my partners mini ITX build with the built in ports on our keyboards, and for some reason that is still not enough. Granted, it might be because less than half of those ports are USB 3.0. When I have guests over more than one person is going to need to charge something, whether it’s a phone, tablet, book, cigarette, calculator, fridge, doesn’t matter, I run out of port and spend the res5t of the evening juggling peoples devices. With the Jelly Comb 3.0 quick charger I no longer have to worry about running out of good USB ports. Rather than just slapping on a few USB 3.0 ports and calling it a day, Jelly Comb have opted for the new Quick Charge 3.0 USB ports, these are a new technology from Qualcomm, that charges compatible devices in no time flat.
I got the thing in the mail about a week ago, wanted to get some good use out of it before writing this, and I short of the thing shorting I don’t think I will be going with another brand, Jelly Comb have something that fits me to a tee here. I had never heard of the company though, so I did a little digging.
About Jelly Comb
Jelly Comb are a relatively new player on the cheap peripheral scene, but I am glad to see more competition. The firm is based out of Shenzhen,China, which means they are getting the hardware direct from the source. Their focus in on high quality peripherals, like wireless mice, USB extensions and mechanical keyboards. I hope to get one of their mechanical keyboards to try out at some point, as the level of expertise that goes into building a good mech keyboard is not insubstantial. Going by the quality of this 3.0 quick charge dock I am expecting the keyboard to type like a dream. Unlike dropshipping sites, Jelly Comb are able to deliver very quickly, or so I thought, a few days was all it took for me. I have a little trick when I review a product for a firm, I like to get in contact with them as a consumer, rather than as a reviewer, just to see how fast they respond. Jelly Comb took an hour or so to get back to me with answers, I asked about warranty information, which was very encouraging. Overall the firm seems to have a good grasp on what consumers want, and partnering with Amazon was a clever move.
Jelly Comb Quick Charge 3.0 Design and Build Quality
I spend a lot of my time reviewing product lines, and mostly items that do not benefit from looking very nice. Granted, I am always happy to see some aesthetically pleasing design work, but who cares what a mattress or radar detector looks like, it’s all about the use. With this Quick Charge 3.0 build the aesthetics are nearly as important as the build, and honestly, this is one fine looking piece. Granted, I might be somewhat biased, it goes perfectly with my new unit, and matches by NZXT H440 mid tower computer case wonderfully, down to the blue LEDs. The slick curve of the build makes it almost ornamental, and if there is one thing I like it is useful decoration. That said I think the use of a red accented Quick Charge 3.0 port at the bottom of the stack was a mistake. Two colors are more than enough for a stylish piece, and we already have the clean white and the electric blue. A minor oversight, but seen as they couldn’t use blue, one that I can understand.
There are a number of different ways to charge via USB these days. Using USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and using the specially made Quick Charge 3.0 ports. It is also possible to charge on the more advanced USB type-C ports, but I have come across a whole host of issues with that. USB 2.0 is the slowest, supporting only 0.5A, with USB 3.0 a little faster, at 0.9A. Bother operate at 5V though, so the difference is only slight. The issue with the more recent lighting fast USB tech and charging is the fact that while that tech can pump more juice through the line they vast majority of that bandwidth is being used for data. Any device that claims compatibility with Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C is only technically true, the transfer speed is neutered to maintain the variable voltages.
Fast charging is amazing, going from 0 to 71% in less than an hour is impressive, and those numbers are going to get a little better as time goes on. Normal charging provides a battery with a fixed voltage and current to work with. The bigger the difference between the source and device the fast it will charge. That means that it will go up a fair bit quick then slow to a crawl. Quick charging provides a variable voltage, creating that nice chasm between source and device all the way up to that 71% mark. After that it charges at the normal speed, but 71% is more than enough to get your through the day.
The Jelly Comb Quick Charge comes with a full five ports, all of which use the same Qualcomm tech. Quick Charge 3.0 tech is backwards compatible with 2.0, meaning that the list of devices that are compatible with the tech is huge, and includes a number of modern high profile releases. The Qualcomm site has a number of pdfs that outline what is and isn’t compatible. Last year I bought a Nexus 6, which is compatible with the Quick Charge 2.0 tech. I tested out each port and found that going from 0% to 71% took on average 33 minutes or so, sometimes less, sometimes more. The claim is that it can take 30 minutes to charge, so I was impressed with the accuracy.
Overall this does everything I want it to do. It fits perfectly with my set up, and removes a problem that I face on a weekly bases. I have no idea why I never looked into this tech before, I mean, I had no idea my hand set was compatible with the thing until I got offered the review. Now that I have had a week to get some use out of it I cannot recommend it enough. If you need to charge a few devices at once, or if you use battery intensive apps often, then you are going to want a Quick Charge 3.0 port or five.
Jelly Comb Quick Charge 3.0 USB Pricing and Warranty
The tech used here is fairly new, and that is reflected in the base price. On average you can expect to pay around $50 for the Jelly Comb Quick Charge 3.0. It’s a fair price, considering the use I get out of the build, and a look at the competition is enough to tell me this is one of the better options on the market right now. If that is a bit steep for you then I have some great news, right now the Jelly Comb Quick Charge 3.0 is on sale. It is currently listed at $16.99 on Amazon. How they can sell it so low I have no idea, but it makes recommending this already excellent device all the easier.
Warranty information is a little hard to find, but I can confirm that all purchases are covered by a one year limited warranty. One year is fairly standard in the world of low cost electronics, so I can’t complain too much, but I of course would prefer to see a little more time, and a little more coverage. The customer support offered by Jelly Comb is good, judging by their response time, so seeing a limited warranty was a bit of a surprise. There is a silver lining, the fact that the vast majority of their products can be bought on Amazon.com. One of the many benefits of Amazon is their excellent consumer protection policies. It means that while the core manufacturer’s warranty is less than stellar, you don’t have to worry about not getting repairs or a refund in the unlikely event of a mechanical failure.
The base price is fair. I stand by that estimation. The amount of time saved on a daily basis, combined with the phone rescuing, makes the Jelly Comb Quick Charge 3.0 a steal at near any price. The fact that the offer price is so low right now means that if you are in the market for a couple of Quick Charge ports then this is the right product for you.
Jelly Comb Quick Charge 3.0 USB Conclusion
A lovely surprise on my end. I went from not knowing about this feature to considering it a must use in the space of a week. Being able to charge my phones so quickly has been a real time saver. I no longer than to plan my phone use so stringently throughout the day, removing an unknown worry. The look of the build is wonderful, matches by other hardware, and the tech used in near cutting edge. The warranty might not be much to write home about, but that is par for the course when it comes to low cost consumer electronics. Te base price is good, but the current discounted price is absolutely astounding. A real steal.