The quick flurry of Nexus 6 purchases at retail on Thursday brought one previously unknown fact into the light, the fact that the phones were shipping without the much vaunted Turbo Charger.
The Motorola Turbo Charger offers ‘up to 8 more hours of battery life’ on just ’15 minutes of charging’ on the latest Motorola phones using the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology built into the chipset. It’s a pretty nifty idea in this day and age of power hungry phones and new Nexus 6 owners who purchased the Nexus 6 from JB Hifi yesterday (and The Good Guys today), were soon finding that they would have to use a redemption system to access their Turbo Charger.
We asked Motorola about the redemption offer, when customers would receive their Turbo Charger as well as whether this would affect Nexus 6 orders from Google Play.
A Motorola spokesperson advised that the delay is due to the different electrical standards here in Australia. Due to these standards the Turbo Charger which was built for the global market is not suitable for our needs. The Turbo Charger being offered via redemption has had to be designed from the ground up for our market and it’s this version that will be sent out to Nexus 6 owners. The updated Turbo Charger will be the same Voltage/Amperage output as the international version and hence deliver the same results.
While we’ve already seen the redemption offer for the Turbo Charger on retail units of the Nexus 6, Motorola has confirmed that this will also affect stock of the Nexus 6 being ordered and delivered from Google Play as well.
Motorola Australia is working to get the Turbo Charger delivered to customers as soon as possible, with stock due to be delivered out around the middle of Q1 2015.
So, while you will still have to redeem your charger, it will arrive as soon as Motorola can physically manufacture and send it. Until then you should probably use the official charger, although at 850mA it’s going to be a slow process to charge that massive 3200mAh battery.