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Fully charge your phone in 9 minutes? OPPO says why not with 240W fast charging

Chargers on a table

OPPO is at it again with their innovations in fast charging. At Mobile World Congress 2022 they announced a 150W SuperVOOC fast charging standard that will debut in a OnePlus phone in the second quarter this year.

With this crazy fast charging, you will be able to charge a phone with a 4500mAh battery from 1% to 50% in just 5 minutes. That’s not a typo, you can replenish half the battery in just five minutes. To get from 1% to 100% you will need only 15 minutes. 

Fifteen minutes to charge a 4500mAh battery while my 4000mAh phone takes one hour longer feels like a flex. That’s how crazy 150W is, my LG V50 can only manage 18W and it feels stupid to call that fast charging any longer.

For context, the iPhone 13 Pro Max can reach up to 27W, and the Galaxy S22 supports 45W charging. The Galaxy takes about an hour to fully charge whilst the iPhone takes longer and yet these are the two most desired flagships on the market. A 2021 14” Macbook can only manage 96W. 

If you have an older phone that doesn’t support fast charging, you can only charge at 5W at best. A far cry from the 150W OPPO announced which fully charges a phone in just 15 minutes.

The OPPO madness did not end there. They unveiled a proof of concept fast charging standard that gets to a ridiculous 240W. With this kind of power, one can charge the same 4500mAh battery in just 9 minutes. Charging a phone to 100% in less than 10 minutes sounds like science fiction but the tech is in the works. There is no date yet for when this 240W standard will hit the market though.

Watch this ridiculousness in action:

What such fast charging would mean

These kinds of charging speeds would change how we use our phones. I had this conversation with my colleagues earlier this week and we imagined how our phone usage and charging habits would change if we could fully charge our phones in less than 10 minutes. Having a shorter screen on time would not be too bad if you could top up back to 100% in just 5 minutes.

Would we even demand huge batteries in our phones if it would take 5 minutes to fully charge a 3000mAh battery? Smaller batteries would free up space in the phone’s chassis. Making it possible to get the headphone jack back, a stylus, better cooling, crazier cameras with periscope zooms and the like. I would take that trade.

What about the heat?

Fast charging generates more heat than slow charging would. That and other reasons usually mean that fast charging is not ideal for long term battery health. Fast charging leads to faster deterioration in battery health. That’s even at 15W fast charging, now imagine how bad 240W could be for a battery.

It would be bad if not for the fact that manufacturers have developed adequate battery management systems. All this business of the 0-50% charging time being shorter than from 51-100% is part of the methods they use to reduce the damaging effects of fast charging. This is why fast charging started to gain popularity in the last few years, the manufacturers can now manage the power.

In OPPO’s case, they were quick to assure us that they improved their battery management system. They say even whilst charging at 150w, their new Battery Health Engine should result in the battery maintaining up to 80% of its capacity after 1600 charge cycles. That is impressive.

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12 thoughts on “Fully charge your phone in 9 minutes? OPPO says why not with 240W fast charging

  1. If we had a say, we could ask them to manufacture fast charging power banks for our situation as we keep our handsets, (most of which are second hand or handed downs), for a very long time. Maybe the author of the article can influence Xiaomi or Oppo to make such power banks for us and the third world.

  2. Never thought of that…a fast charging battery bank then no need on the phone and hence save on battery health.sound like a solid plan

    1. Not really cos your device can communicate with the charger and as you see it reduces the fast charging as the device battery is getting full

  3. Fast charging is moving forward at a rapid speed but like trying to buy a bentely it is expensive to buy those chargers especially when most companies are removing charges in the context that they want to save the planet *wink wink nug nug* but all they want is to make moeny out of you by selling products separately.

  4. This is just a weapon 240w who goes around carrying a bomb😂😂😂 keep on buying not like im jealousy but guys be careful, any way whats the rush it started with cars now its phones to chargers 5G is another issue (5 GRILL) some other people cry about their laptop screens they make them dizzy because of the RAYS produced by the screen someone is controling your lives and you don’t even realise

  5. looks like im not only the only one who fencies lg phones wish they were still making them mine takes about an hour when using the lenovo 65 watts charger

  6. Doomsayers have come out the woodwork every time there’s been a big leap in charging speeds. As a former doomsayer myself, I’m optimistic about this growing trend. By now, they’ve got a good handle on validating the tech, and customers can also mitigate the risk by downgrading chargers. Personally I look forward to the day when I don’t have to have a small existential crisis every time I wake up to discover I forgot to plugin a charger!

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