We’re live and kicking with this product since May 2019. We have development going on and our company, Lighty Electronics SRL (RO35245011) is legally incorporated and paying taxes in Romania, which is an EU country. Take a look at our Google Play page (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ble.chargie) to see other users’ feedback on our work. We ship fast via DHL (1-3 days anywhere in the world), or by regular post – takes longer but costs nothing to cheap.
Chargers are as smart as their manufacturers want them to be. Obviously, when you wake up in the morning the phone is still at 100% which means the charger didn’t do any charge limiting on your battery. If the battery is also a bit warm, they also didn’t do any proper temperature protection either. So short answer is no, chargers are not that smart. They’re only designed to protect batteries from extreme conditions like fires.
Yes, there is an iOS app. You can preview its functions even before you have the Chargie device, here: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/chargie-phone-charge-limiter/id1559014917
No. And water shouldn’t even be near high-voltage power outlets. We strongly discourage the usage of Chargie in an environment with more than 80% humidity.
Chargie does not contain any type of battery. It just forwards data and power lines in a USB cable from the power source to the smartphone. The only moment in which Chargie intervenes on the charging process is when it has to interrupt it, as instructed by the user.
There’s no point in controlling current. That is a function of the phone and is done according to many parameters that only the internal phone electronics have access to.
Chargie only switches power on and off according to temperature, state of charge and scheduling. It’s enough.
Of course, there may be a slight current drop but it’s due to the extra contact points added by the Chargie device. However, starting with Chargie A GE, all connectors and internal traces are gold-treated, so that the power loss is minimal.
There may be another case where your charger is PD (Power Delivery) but you have a Chargie A device. Since USB 2.0 is not compatible with PD, you may only see charging currents of about 1.4 – 2.7A, but that’s good. High currents damage the battery quicker due to heat production.
Starting with Chargie A, all of our devices carry current-measuring capabilities. Chargie Founder Edition did not.
You can use the Hardware Limiter function in the Chargie app to set up the power threshold at which the Chargie device will cut off charging by itself, without needing the app.
This will make it usable with all kinds of batteries or battery-powered devices, not just phones. So, for example, if you have a mobile speaker that’s sitting plugged in all day you may use the Hardware Limiter function in the Chargie app to cut off at, say, 2W, and check if it still needs charging every 2 to 6 hours.
Chargie’s casing is made from PLA, which is a corn-based substitute to petrol-derived plastic. We strive to make our products from materials that are as eco-friendly as possible, since being green is one of our biggest aims with this device. PLA is still not biodegradable under normal conditions, but because it’s made out of renewable resources makes it less harmful for the environment than petrol-based ABS.
Chargie can be powered up at 16 Volts and 10 Amps. Practical values used in phone charging won’t reach those values. Anything beyond that can and will ruin the device and will void your warranty. Chargie logs maximum usage limits all the time. If you only use it to charge up your phone with a suited charger, you should be good for an indefinite period of time.
Depending on the delivery address and the carrier used, shipping costs from nothing to a few euros inside the EU.
For remote destinations, pricing changes according to the carrier. Please refer to the Checkout page to find out how much you’ll pay for shipping.
We accept Paypal and all other major credit card providers through our partners’ secure payout gateway.
– DHL: 1-7 days. US/East coast and Europe get it the next working day, rest of the world 3-4 days. Remote area deliveries may take a week. Please consult the actual tracking number you receive for DHL’s official estimated delivery date.
– Regular post: anywhere between 10 days to a month, depending on where you live.
Current Covid-19 restrictions may delay your regular post shipping to a month.
Post transit times are unfortunately and understandably beyond our control. We do our best to ship as quickly as possible.
The Chargie shop uses an industry-standard security system in what regards the connection between our server and your computer. Your card data is processed 3rd party secure payment processors like PayPal or PayLike. No card data is kept on our servers, nor do we have access to it.
If you need an invoice for your company, just ask for it at [email protected] We send them by default inside the package for customers who provide a valid VAT number or fill in the “Company” field at checkout.
We are working on a 100W USB-C PD Chargie hardware version. It it primarily targeted at MacBooks, but will also be compatible with newer phones and laptops using the standard.