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What is Fast Charging? 5 common fast charging techs explained

Ease of life is something that everyone looks for, like being on the constant lookout for an outlet at a nearby café or public space when you’re left with a trickle of charge is something that everyone dreads. This is where fast charging comes in to help people.

Well as the name suggests this refers to charging at a rate faster than what a regular charger can provide. It is more of a marketing term than anything else.

The charging adapters which are capable of this are usually rated at a higher voltage or a higher amperage resulting in an overall higher wattage.

This technology was brought to the masses by Motorola’s TurboCharge technology. It was made mainstream by OnePlus’ Dash Charge(Fast Charge), which set high standards for this technology.

This article will tell you about the different fast charging options that are present in today’s market and how they changed the industry for good.

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Qualcomm’s QuickCharge

What is fast charging? 5 common fast charging techs explainedThis technology is synonymous with anyone who has heard about fast charging. It is Qualcomm’s version of fast charging and is present on all phones that sport their SOC’s

It has gone through several revisions over the years, and the current generation is known as QuickCharge 4+. The constant developments have brought the rate of charge to such a point that you can have 5 hours of battery life in 5 minutes. Qualcomm has not released a numerical rate of charge.

Oppo’s VOOC Charging

What is fast charging? 5 common fast charging techs explainedVOOC stands for Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging. Oppo’s proprietary technology at present can charge their phones from 0% to 75% in just 30 minutes

One disadvantage that is brought about by fast charging is the extra heat which is generated. Oppo has managed to develop a software interface between the components of their charger and their phone which reportedly helps maintain cool temperature levels and increase safety while improving the overall speed of the charge.

What is fast charging? 5 common fast charging techs explainedOppo also has Super VOOC technology present on a small number of their phones (Oppo R17 Pro and Find X – Lamborghini Edition). This uses a 50W charger which can provide a full charge in less than 40 minutes.

OnePlus’ DashCharge

What is fast charging? 5 common fast charging techs explainedSince OnePlus and Oppo (as well as Vivo) are owned by the same parent company, BBK Electronics, it has internal access to each other’s proprietary charging technology.

Hence using the same technology, they have implemented FastCharge (popularly known as DashCharge) in their devices.
The current generation of this technology can charge their phones up to 50% in 30 minutes.

With the advancement in technology, OnePlus was able to bundle a 30W charger with the McLaren Edition of the 6T which uses their WarpCharge technology. This charges the phone up to 50% in 20 minutes. The company has mentioned that all future phones are set to support this standard.

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Samsung’s Adaptive Charging Technology

Samsung might soon unveil a foldable smartphone that doubles as a tabletThis is Samsung’s take upon fast charging; it is based on Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 standard which they have used since the Note 4.

Samsung’s devices from a few years back used software for their wired solutions; hence their devices have been found to charge from 0% to 100% in approximately 120 minutes.

The Adaptive Fast Charging tech is currently only available on Galaxy Note9, S9, S9+, Note8, S8 and S8+

Samsung also offers fast wireless charging on their devices which provides up to 100% in 120 minutes with 10W of power which is twice as fast as standard wireless chargers.

Motorola’s TurboCharge

What is fast charging? 5 common fast charging techs explainedThis charging technology is what made its way to masses first with Motorola’s G-Series phones. It comes in several variants, some of them are TurboCharge 15 and TurboCharge 30 which provide 8 and 15 hours of battery life in 15 minutes respectively.

Motorla’s TurboCharge technology is also cross-compatible with Qualcomm’s charging standard and can be used to charge those devices too.

Other technologies

The technologies mentioned above are the ones that are the most prevalent, but USB Power Delivery is slowly coming into play and is setting up standards for safe charging.

There is also MediaTek’s Pump Express present in phones using their SOC’s which quotes speeds which will provide up to 75% charge in about 30 minutes.

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