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Google Launches New High-Amp Charger for Faster Nexus Device Charging

March 19, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

We all know by now that Google loves to drop things on us seemingly out of nowhere.  Sometimes these mystery announcements are huge, like yesterday’s Android Wear announcement, and sometimes they’re not so big like today’s release of a new charger for Nexus devices.  Dubbed simply the Nexus Charging Accessory, this charger is a pretty bare-bones wall charger that includes a power brick for your wall power outlet and a cord that eventually leads to a micro-USB port for your Nexus device.  As the name suggests this should work for all Nexus devices, and in fact it includes all Nexus devices released since 2012 which is the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10.

Besides just being an extra wall charger what’s so special here?  The power rating, that’s what!  Instead of the lowly 1 to 1.2 amps that a regular Nexus charger delivers, this puppy ramps it up to 1.8 amps at 9 watts.  That’s a significant power increase that’s guaranteed to give your Nexus device a much speedier recharge than most chargers out there.  In fact that’s about the same amount of power that Samsung has been putting on its newest devices and requiring a special USB 3.0 connector for.  So while you won’t need some fancy new adapter to get your existing device charging more quickly, you will need to buy this specific charger from Google to get it without worry.  Right now the charger sells for $14.99 in the US and is also available in the UK and Canada, and possibly some other countries given Google’s recent expeditions with selling its devices in new territories that it previously hasn’t.  It only comes in black though, so if you were hoping to match that shiny new red Nexus 5 you’re going to probably be disappointed, although given that Google dual-tones the colors on the Nexus 5 no matter what color you pick it might not be that big of a deal.  Check out the Play Store link below to see if it’s available where you live.