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Lifewire / Yoona Wagener
Compatible with most Apple devices
18-watt wall charger provides fast charging
Velcro strap keeps cord organized
Good for charging and data syncing
Long 6-foot cord
MFi certification questionable
The Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable offers fast USB-C power delivery with a Lightning cable connection and boasts MFi certification, but there’s no proof of that in the official MFI certified accessories database.
If you’re interested in a fast-charging cable and adapter for your newer iPhone or Android tablet, the Quintis PD Fast Charger and Cable could be right up your alley. Use the Lightning to USB-C cable by itself or plug it into the wall power block for rapid 18-watt power delivery. I used this charger with an iPhone 6S and iPhone X and was pleased by the fast charging performance, but underwhelmed by the design and product integrity overall.
The Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable is small and portable, thanks to the Velcro strap that makes for easy and neat folding and travel. There’s no wow factor to the look of this product, however, and that is underscored by some weird fit issues. The USB-C head fits very snugly into the PD port, but almost to a fault. I had to really pull the cable when removing it from the power adapter. The USB-C connector also didn’t fit smoothly into the port in my MacBook.
There’s no wow factor to the look of this product, however, and there’s some weird fit issues.
The Velcro strap, which at first I appreciated as a nice design touch, doesn’t actually work very well in practice. It doesn’t have much sticking power and constantly fell off the cord and was easy to misplace.
One thing the Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable does have going for it is performance. The manufacturer claims that it supports fast charging on new iPhone models like the iPhone 8 and better. The manufacturer also says that older iPhones will charge just as fast as they will with the official iPhone Lightning cable. I was able to verify that claim that with an iPhone 6S.
One thing the Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable does have going for it is performance.
I charged it a few times and it powered up from completely dead to 100 percent in a consistent 2.5 hours. While I didn’t put the fast-charging 30 minutes to 50 percent to the test on a newer iPhone, I did charge an iPhone X for an hour and it charged rapidly from 10 percent to 96 percent within that short time frame. The iPhone X did become noticeably warm to the touch when charging, which isn’t something I experience with the proprietary Lightning cable.
The Quntis charger packaging and product info both emphasize MFi certification. When I tried to back this up on the MFi Licensed Accessories database, I had a difficult time matching up the two entries in the database with this product. Only two Quntis Lightning cables appear and there’s no wall charger. It could be the case that I received a counterfeit product with an incorrect UPC or that one of the entries does apply to the Quntis cable.
Either way, this was a bit of a red flag for me since I was able to find other MFi certified cables from Anker and other brands in the database.The Quntis site lists this product at around $43, which Quntis isn’t much more affordable than the proprietary Apple parts, which would cost you about $48. You can find the Quntis for less on Amazon, but the extra assurance of authenticity from the Apple products could be worth the extra money.
If you’re interested in Apple certification and want to pay a bit less, then the Anker Powerport II USB-C to Lightning Cable combined with the Anker PowerPort III Nano would be a good option. This combination retails for about $37, but for $13 more you know that you’re getting an MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cable. Plus, the power block provides the same USB-C to Lightning cable universal compatibility with iOS and many non-Apple devices. The block is even more portable than the Quntis since it’s the size of the 5-watt iPhone charger. Anker also happens to be a more reputable and recognized name, so for a bit more money you’ll gain firm warranty coverage and make less room for doubt about product quality.
A decent fast charging solution for multiple device types.
More devices, including iPhones and non-Apple devices are turning to the quick power delivery of Lightning to USB-C connections, and the Quntis PD Fast Charger and Cable offer solid performance. But if you’re a stickler when it comes to knowing the accessory you’re using is built for your iPhone in particular—and the MFi badge on the packaging isn’t enough to eclipse its distinct absence in the MFi accessories database—there are other reputable iPhone Lightning cables out there.