I have no charger atm and I am a bit strict on money right now.

Anyways, I have a spare Samsung charger and it has 2 values.

  • 9V = 1.67A
  • 5V = 2A

It's a fast charger so I don't know what applies to the Pi.

Also = the "=" sign has a full line on top and 3 small lines under it.

  • 1
    What do you mean by "I don't know what applies to the Pi". The voltage requirements are not secret and have been fairly widely documented.
    – joan
    Jan 26, 2018 at 21:40
  • I know that it uses 2A and probably 5V but I am not sure about the 9V & 1.67A output thing.
    – Clark
    Jan 26, 2018 at 22:01
  • The 9V = 1.67A is for fast charge devices only.
    – Manny265
    Jan 26, 2018 at 22:51
  • @Clark, did you finally use the adaptive charger without issues? Jul 30, 2019 at 11:10
  • I tried powering a RPi Zero W using a Samsung S6 "Adaptive Fast Charging" (output 9V 1.67A or 5V 2A) model EP-TA20JWE and the RPi died instantly. No leds, no activity. A PiTFT display connected to GPIO was unaffected and works on another RPi.
    – Per Ljung
    Dec 5, 2019 at 18:03

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This charger has the so called "Adaptive Fast Charging" (see here) with an output voltage of 9V or 5V. While the 9V are way out of the Pi's spec, 5V are perfectly fine (see Raspberry Pi Power Limitations for all the details).

So the real question here is, how and when does the charger output 9V? Obviously anything that comes with a micro-USB should not be outputting a voltage outside of USB spec (the 5V) per default. Thus all higher voltages should only be applied after the device and the charger negotiated that.

According to this post:

Samsung's adaptive fast charging uses Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 (QC2.0) protocol. This protocol allows the phone to switch the charging output voltage of the adapter to 5V, 9V, 12V, or 20V up to 3A using the USB D+/D- pins.

Increasing the output voltage of the charger requires the connected device to apply certain voltage levels to the USB data lines. Those data lines are not connected on the Pi 3's powering micro-USB connector (see schematics). So the Pi cannot (accidentially) increase the voltage.

More about fast charging standards: How does fast charging work? Here’s every fast charging standard compared. Which unfortunately states that Samsung's Adaptive Fast Charging differs from Qualcomm's Quick charge.

In conclusion I would strongly guess, while not 100% sure, that it is ok to use this charger with the Pi.

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