Which are the fastest charging phones out there? Samsung vs Apple, Huawei and LG

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Fast charging can save a phone that is chock-full of specs and power draw and is as important a metric as battery life itself. This is why we are taking our charging tests, which are done with whichever stock brick and cable come in the retail box, and applying them to the battery capacity to determine who’s the boss of fast charging standards at the moment. We already did rank the phones that discharge those milliamp-hours of battery capacity the slowest, and now is the time to do the opposite metric – the fastest charging ones, per mAh/min.

Virtually all good phones these days support fast charging, and some are going to crazy speeds and amperages to pump those batteries full of electrons. Fast chargers that come with your phone do one and the same thing – they top up your handset quicker than those puny bricks of yesteryear that took many hours to do the same thing. 

Every manufacturer, however, calls their system differently, despite that it all boils down to that. Bear in mind that Apple doesn’t supply the fast charger in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X boxes, so you have to get it as an extra. Also, devices like the Xiaomi Mi 8 may support Qualcomm’s latest Quick Charge 4+, but such chargers aren’t readily available, and the difference in speeds would be negligible compared to what the stock 3.0 brick is able to achieve anyway.

It’s confusing to know the differences between Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charge, Apple’s Fast Charge, the OnePlus DashCharge, Huawei’s SuperCharge, Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, Motorola’s Turbo Charge, Oppo’s VOOC and so on. So, whose standard wins?

Battery capacity Charging time (min.) Charging speed (mAh/min)
Huawei P20 Pro 4000 90 44.44
OnePlus 6 3300 80 41.25
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 4000 102 39.22
Honor 8 Pro 4000 106 37.74
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 4000 109 36.7
Motorola Moto Z3 Play 3000 84 35.71
OnePlus 5T 3300 93 35.48
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 3500 99 35.35
HTC U11+ 3930 113 34.78
Honor 10 3400 98 34.69
Asus Zenfone 5Z 3300 97 34.02
Nokia 7 Plus 3800 113 33.63
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 3500 105 33.33
LG V35 ThinQ 3300 100 33
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 3300 102 32.35
LG G6 3300 102 32.35
Huawei P10 Plus 3750 117 32.05
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 3000 97 30.93
HTC U11 3000 98 30.61
LG V30 3300 108 30.56
Samsung Galaxy S8 (Exynos) 3000 100 30
HTC U12+ 3500 117 29.91
Nokia 8 Sirocco 3260 114 28.6
Razer Phone 4000 140 28.57
Samsung Galaxy S9 3000 107 28.04
LG G7 ThinQ 3000 107 28.04
Samsung Galaxy A6+ 3500 131 26.72
HTC U11 Life 2600 101 25.74
Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition 2730 110 24.82
Google Pixel 2 2700 111 24.32
Google Pixel 2 XL 3520 152 23.16
Honor 7X 3340 146 22.88
Sony Xperia XZ2 3180 145 21.93
Sony Xperia XA2 3300 158 20.89
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium 3540 172 20.58
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact 2870 144 19.93
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 2691 178 15.12
Apple iPhone X 2716 189 14.37
Apple iPhone 8 1821 148 12.3

As you can see from our ranking, Huawei’s SuperCharge takes the cake, followed by the OnePlus Dash Charge, which is very similar to the sister company Oppo’s VOOC in performance. Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charge is also high up there, with the Note 9‘s 4000mAh unit getting fully pumped in less than two hours, while Moto’s Turbo Charge gets an honorable standing, too.

Apple and Sony come last in terms of charging speeds. That’s not because their gear can’t be fast-charged, but rather as they provide puny chargers in their retail boxes, and you have to splurge extra for the privilege to top your iPhone or Xperia as quickly as phones from other major brands.

Given Huawei’s top 44mAh/min. performance, we’d be very curious to measure the charging speeds of the upcoming Mate 20 Pro, which is tipped to arrive with a huge 4200 mAh pack but also 40W charging power. SuperCharge is now fast enough, but what if Huawei supercharges it even more?

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