A Comparison of Fast Charging Standards (infographic)

Most smartphone users are unhappy with their phone due to their phone’s battery draining too fast and barely lasting in a whole day. This is because processors and displays have seen huge improvements in performance, while battery technology hasn’t progressed at the same pace. What has changed is their capacities from a measly 1500mAh to sizes of 3000-4000mAh. So larger sizes are meant to improve the battery life but they bring another issue – longer charging time. With the size of the battery increasing it is natural that the charging time will too. While we’ve  been accustomed to slow charging, the pace of charging is picking up with newer phone launches.

Fast charging is very relevant today. Unlike a few years back we can’t swap our phone batteries. Our lives, as well as our need for a phone with fast charging, have become an absolute necessity. So the team at HomeTop came up with a useful infographic that compares the various fast charging standards to see which phone is the fastest.

If you’re using one of the latest flagships phones or even a good mid-range phones, you probably have fast charging enabled on your phone. Brands like Motorola have fast charging on every single smartphone in their lineup.

Qualcomm, whose processors are found in pretty much every major smartphone, has the widest reach in terms of their fast charging technology and were one of the first to have a fast charging standard. While Qualcomm does make processors that support their latest Quick Charging standards, not all manufacturers use it in order to cut costs. Then there are some manufacturers that tinker with the Quick Charge standard to make their own versions like Samsung and Motorola.

iPhones are quite possibly one of the slowest charging phones amongst all the flagships. Apple also doesn’t bundle the fast charger in the box and you have to shell out separately for it. But the fast charger does improve the charging time tremendously, but not enough to save it from an embarrassing last place in the comparison.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the Honor 10 and Oneplus 6, ‘budget flagships’ or ‘Flagship killers’ as they are fondly referred to. These two phones are almost neck and neck with the Honor and its SuperCharge technology inching ahead. While most fast chargers make use of higher voltage, to charge up your batteries quickly. This sudden burst in power can cause your devices to heat up. So, OnePlus and Huawei (Honor) quite smartly shifted the charging mechanism from the phone onto the chargers and then sped up charging speed by increasing the current instead of voltage. This gives you a massive speed boost without any heating issues.

Hometop’s cool infographic will help you understand which modern day fast charger is the best option for you to choose from. Hometop’s infographic highlights, not just which charger is the fastest in terms of time taken but also the charging rate which is a more important statistic as most smartphones don’t have the same battery capacity.

 

Comparison of Fast Charging Standards Infographic

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.
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