Ok, so you have a big battery phone but how often do you have to charge it? Here is a list of the fastest charging smartphones in 2022, so you don’t get tied down to your phone charger every few hours.
With insane camera specs and processors being shared between flagship phones and budget-friendly mid-rangers, smartphone manufacturers are racing to put out the fastest charging smartphones as a differentiator.
We neatly arranged them by wattage and how long it takes to charge from 0 to 100%. We also have a list of 65W phones, a new standard in 2022.
Plus, you will get a chance to review the drawbacks of faster charging times, so you can decide if it’s worth it for you.
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Phones with 65W charging
While the phones above offer the best fast charging speeds on the market, for most users even 65W, the standard for flagships and mid-rangers nowadays, can offer a great deal. Here are some devices you should look at, from best buy gaming phones to lesser-known flagships.
- Asus Rog Phone 5
- Xiaomi Black Shark 3S
- Lenovo Legion Duel 2
- Oppo Reno7 Pro and Reno7 5G
- Honor Magic 3 – video review here
- Honor 50 (all models)
- OnePlus Nord 2 5G
- OnePlus 9 (all models)
- OnePlus 8T & 8T 5G
- Oppo Find X2 & X2 Pro
- Oppo Find X3 (all models)
- Huawei Mate 40 (Pro, Pro+, RS)
- Huawei P50
- Huawei Nova 8G, 8 Pro 5G, 8 SE, 8 5G
- Honor V40 5G
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
- IQOO 9T
- REDMAGIC 7S Pro
- Black Shark 5 Pro
Fast charging drawbacks
First off, once you try fast charging and get a full battery in 30 minutes, it’s easy to say you won’t go back to previous speeds. However, in the current state of the industry and materials, fast charging does have some drawbacks.
The main one is battery health. It makes sense that the faster you go through charge cycles, the faster you’ll exhaust your battery’s maximum charge cycles.
Fast charging works in two phases. First, when they’re low battery they take in a lot of power fast. Then, once they reach a threshold set by the manufacturer, they slow down to minimize the damage to the battery’s longevity.
Plus, fast charging and the heat it generates can have a significant impact on your phone’s battery health in the long run. Manufacturers are also aware of this and implement various failsafes and cooling solutions.
Still, it pays to be careful. If you plan on keeping your phone for more than 2 years, you’ll eventually have to replace its battery if possible. If not, poor battery health will eventually force you to upgrade to a newer phone.
The second big drawback of fast charging is the added bulk. The battery needs a separator, which makes it thicker, and that results in bulkier than average phones. Each company also implements various safety mechanisms to deal with overheating from fast charging, and that adds bulk as well.
In our experience, you won’t really find a slim phone with a fast-charging battery of over 65W on the market with current limitations.
Could this be why Apple doesn’t have fast charging per se? It’s highly likely.
However, their phones do lag behind the Android competition when it comes to battery and charging. Here’s what Apple fast charging really means.
iPhone Fast Charging Comparison
Since 2020, Apple does not include a power adapter in the Phone box, so you will have to buy your own iPhone fast charger. Fortunately, the market is full of options and you also probably have one sitting at home.
Here are the maximum recommended charging speeds for each iPhone model:
- iPhone 8 12W
- iPhone 8 Plus 18W
- iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max 18W
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max 22W
- iPhone SE 2020 12W
- iPhone SE 2 18W
- iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max 20W
- iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini 20W
As you can see, none of them approach the fastest-charging Android phones on the market, so, if speed is of the essence, avoid Apple’s ecosystem.