What is PPS Fast Charging, and What’s the Difference Between PD, QC, and PPS?

Samsung phone charging via a PPs charger from a wall outlet

Mobile devices are becoming more powerful by the day and their power consumption has increased drastically, making fast charging indispensable. In 2017, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the organization that supports the advancement of USB technology, added PPS fast charging to the USB PD 3.0 standard, creating a unified solution for today’s fast charging devices. That same year, Qualcomm’s QC 4.0 met the PPS standards, attaining a unified charging scheme. 

So, what is Programmable Power Supply (PPS)?

PPS fast charging is the most advanced charging technology for USB-C devices. The technology adjusts the voltage and current in real-time, depending on a device’s charging status, feeding it with maximum power.

What’s the Difference Between PPS, PD, and QC?

Programmable Power Supply PPS allows for stepwise changes in current and voltage. It decreases the conversion loss during charging, ensuring the charge is more efficient. When the charge is more efficient, less heat is produced, and when less heat is produced, a battery’s lifespan increases. So, PPS fast charging is better for your device’s battery.

Power Delivery (PD) is a standard for handling higher power that was introduced by the USB Implementers Forum. It allows devices to charge fast over a USB connection. It provides high-speed charging with variable voltage using intelligent device negotiation. Devices negotiate a power contract to determine how much power they can pull from a PD charger.

Power Delivery is designed to allow devices to fast-charge over a USB connection. Its newest version, PD 3.0, is one of the most popular fast charging protocols. PPS is the latest addition to the PD 3.0 standard. PPS and PD protocols work seamlessly together. PPS allows for renegotiation of non-standard currents and voltages between the charger and the device.

Quick Charge (QC) is one of the most common fast charging protocols on the market and is found in many popular smartphones. It was invented by Qualcomm, which makes mobile CPUs. The charging standard supports backward compatibility, which means a QC 4+ charger can fast-charge a QC 3.0 device. Quick Charge achieves fast charging by increasing the charging voltage, boosting the wattage in the process. QC 5, the latest standard in Quick Charge technology, can recharge smartphones to 50% in five minutes. 

Which Devices Support PPS?

Samsung Galaxy S20 was the first phone certified for PPS fast charging, but there are three other devices that likewise support the standard: Samsung note10, Samsung S20 ultra, and Samsung S21.

Can PPS Charge Laptops?

Yes, many laptops support the PPS charging protocol and can be charged faster, safely, and more efficiently.

Get One of These Two RAVPower PPS Fast Chargers

1. PD Pioneer 20W Wall Adapter (RP-PC150)

RP-PC150 wall charger that support PPS fast charging

When it comes to tech, the general consensus is that smaller is better. This RAVPower charger with PPS fast charging is small in stature but big in performance. It was specifically designed for the iPhone 12 series and offers a total output of 20W.

The charger is the same size as Apple’s 5W charger but delivers up to 3 times faster charging speeds. It supports PPS, USB PD 3.0, and QC 3.0 for wider compatibility. The wall charger optimizes charging speeds for almost all USB-C powered mobile devices. If your bag is already spilling over with accessories and you’re looking for a tiny, powerful charger, get it. RAVPower sells two in a set.

2. PD Pioneer 30W 2-Port Wall Charger (RP-PC144)


iPhone 12 owners need a new power brick to make use of the phone’s maximum 20W wired charging rate. Apple recently announced that it will no longer be including power adapters with the iPhone, so it’s important to get a charger that is specifically designed to replace the Apple adapter, like the RP-PC144.

The RAVPower PPS fast charger is designed for the iPhone 12 series and is MFi certified. Also, it has a total power output of 30W and 2 ports: a 20W USB-C port and 10W USB-A port. The USB-C port features PD 3.0 fast charging and can charge an iPhone 12 from 0% to 50% in about 30 minutes. The power adapter comes with an MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cable.

3 RAVPower Chargers Which Support PD and QC Charging Standards

1. PD Pioneer 61W GaN Wall Charger (RP-PC112)


The RP-PC112 uses both USB-C and gallium nitride (GaN). GaN allows charger chips to be smaller, creating a power brick that’s small enough to fit in a trouser pocket. Therefore, these two technologies make the wall charger both small and affordable. What’s more, foldable prongs ensure it is fully portable.

The power adapter also has safety features and protects your devices as it juices them. They are safe from overvoltage, short-circuiting, and overheating. In addition, it pushes 61W of power and can charge iPhones two hours faster than other chargers. But you need a USB-C to USB-C cable to activate the QC technology.

2. PD Pioneer 20000mAh 60W 2-Port Power Bank (RP-PB201)


When looking for a power bank that can charge your laptop or gaming console, there are two important things to consider: can it deliver enough power to your device and can it do so fast? Laptops and consoles can’t charge over a standard USB port; they need a PD port. 

The RP-PB201 has one PD port and one QC port to fast-charge your laptop and phone simultaneously. It can charge your MacBook Pro just as fast as its original charger. It has a smaller, less bulky design and is shorter and narrower than most smartphones.

3. Portable 252.7Wh Power House with AC Outlets (RP-PB187)


Sometimes you need a big power boost, not just a little, especially when there’s a power outage, and that’s where the RAVPower Power House comes in. If you want a charger that can power a laptop, tablet, smartphone and a console, this is it. You won’t have any problems charging your devices to full capacity multiple times. And we’re talking about mainstream devices here, like the MacBook Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The portable power station has a 60W USB-C PD port and two AC Outlets. These can power handheld devices as well as small appliances, like a drone and a car refrigerator. The power bank has a very small footprint and is lightweight for a portable power station. RAVPower provides a carrying bag, an AC adapter for recharging it, and a USB-C to USB-C cable.

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7 Replies to “What is PPS Fast Charging, and What’s the Difference Between PD, QC, and PPS?

  1. “consensus on tech is that smaller is better”

    I respectfully disagree. IMHO excessive miniaturization is also a bad thing. I am an early phablet adopter (before the term existed) and my favorite for size is still the Nexus 6 (no suffix). I realize I’m in the minority on that, but for me the perfect phablet is the largest device that still fits in my pocket(s): anything larger is a de-facto tablet. In particular I’m not happy with the ever longer & narrower candy bars.

    Foldables are interesting and I used to own flips but until the former’s reliability track record & the latter’s software & firmware components improve, I’m sticking with the largest standard device with the most frequency bands & 5G I can get–in my particular case it is likely I’ll upgrade from a Pixel 3XL to a Pixel 6 Pro because of various Samsung problems and because the Pine Phone is still early-to-mid beta.

    1. Hi Wael, PPS is a supplementary protocol for PD. Not all devices support PPS. Therefore, many chargers do not support PPS (not required), but can charge devices that support PD protocol.

  2. can I use charger PD or PD+PPS to enable quick/fast-charging (9/12v) phone based QC3/4/5 (like Xperia Z5 mini/OnePlus 5T)? thankyou

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