A comparison of Fast charging standards (Infographic)

Smartphones with their many useful features have become indispensable in our lives. Because of the many tasks a smartphone can accomplish, they tend to have a common problem – low battery life! Even with extraordinary changes to technology we rarely get a smartphone with great battery life. While there are many factors to it from hardware to software, the major issue is there hasn’t really been any major breakthrough in battery technology.

Our fast-paced lives not only demand smartphones with higher battery capacities, but much smarter batteries and faster chargers. Although the boffins at Samsung and LG Chem are hard at work trying to find the ultimate battery technology, our problem with batteries will still be around for a while.

So if we can’t make batteries last any longer, what can we do to improve the situation? The logical thing is to make smartphones recharge much faster. This way you are ready to use your smartphone for a much longer period of time while spending very little time waiting for the phone to charge.

So which smartphone has the fastest charging? To find the answer to this very important question, the Hometop team came up with an infographic that beautifully explains the various types of fast charging standards present in the market (Yes, there are a lot!) and which one amongst them is the fastest.

But before we get into who is the fastest let us look at what exactly fast charging is. A fast charger is not much different than a regular charger expect that it can output at a much higher voltage and current which can drastically reduce the charging time.

Qualcomm is a world leader in mobile processors (Soc’s) and given that most phones in the market use a processor made by Qualcomm they have a very wide reach. This is useful as they can easily implement their fast charging solution “Qualcomm Quick Charge”. Launched way back in 2013, Quick Charging is at version 4.0+ presently but their QC 2.0 and QC 3.0 are far more popular in the market. This makes it very easy for people as they can continue using their Qualcomm fast chargers with newer Qualcomm devices.

While Quick Charge is a standard in itself it has a much wider reach and while they are versions of it you can still use QC certified charges with phones from Motorola and Samsung who use a slightly tweaked version of the QC standard. But on the other end of the scale you have OnePlus with its Dash Charging borrowed from their partners at Oppo. The Dash Charging standard is more like a walled garden with not cross-platform compatibility. If you need to fast charge a OnePlus you need the OnePlus Dash charger and cable else you don’t fast charge. This lets OnePlus make some vital changes in the charging mechanism that has kept them ahead of the pack in terms of charging speed, but with the many competitors on the field is it still the fastest?

Read HomeTop’s infographic to know the answer to which is the fastest charging standard currently.


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