Fastest charging phones (2016 edition)

Fastest charging phones (2016 edition)

While the phone is probably the single modern device that has undergone the most profound and significant change in the past 20 or so years, there is one component inside it that has not caught up with the fast progress in chip and camera designs. We're talking about the Lithium-Ion battery, of course, the trusty power source that keeps your device running.

Well... at least most people considered it trust-worthy until the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, which made us realize that even a technology as proven as the Lithium-Ion battery cell when pushed to its limits can malfunction in shocking ways.

And pushing the technology is what many did with one particular aspect of batteries: fast charging. Qualcomm, maker of the popular on Android Snapdragon chips, has introduced its fast Quick Charge 3.0 at the end of 2015, and many flagship phones this year support it. There are also others with their own, proprietary fast charging solutions. At the end of the day, though, it is clear that there are significant advantages coming with quick charging: you no longer need to put your phone for a full night charge. You can just give it a 30-minute recharge at lunch or in the evening, and get a significant battery re-fill.

With all this in mind, we looked at all the major flagships in 2016 to find the ones that are fastest to recharge and won't keep you waiting long. Take a look.

minutes Lower is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
197
Apple iPhone 7
141
Apple iPhone SE
155
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
99
Samsung Galaxy S7
88
Google Pixel XL
118
Google Pixel
119
LG V20
86
LG G5
76
Motorola Moto Z Force Droid Edition
110
Motorola Moto Z Droid Edition
72
OnePlus 3
74
HTC 10
100
Sony Xperia XZ
174
Huawei P9
146
Xiaomi Mi 5
139

Right from the onset, it's clear that there are really three phones that are in a league of their own when it comes to fast charging: the Moto Z Droid Edition, the OnePlus 3, and the LG G5, each of them taking around or less than an hour and 15 minutes to get fully re-charged from 0 to 100%.

That's a remarkable score, especially when you consider that battery charging is not a linear process: you get a faster charge at first, while the last few percentage points are the slowest to fill up.

It's also worth pointing out that the world's best selling flagship phone, the iPhone 7, still does not support any form of fast charging and takes a painfully slow 2 hours and 20 minutes to recharge fully. The iPhone 7 Plus takes even longer: an excruciating three hours and 17 minutes for a full charge. This is definitely one key area where Apple's devices seem to lag behind Android phones significantly.

With all this in mind, we were also curious to see whether there is any improvement in phone charging speeds this year when compared against the previous one.

minutes Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
165
Apple iPhone 6s
150
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
81
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
83
Samsung Galaxy S6
78
LG V10
65
LG G4
127
HTC One M9
106
HTC One A9
110
Google Nexus 6P
89
Google Nexus 5X
100
OnePlus 2
150
OnePlus X
121
Huawei P8
180
Sony Xperia Z5
156

Interestingly, looking back at the most notable phones from last year, we see that the LG V10 stands tall and is actually one of the fastest phones we have to date: it was faster than all of 2016 devices, taking just an hour and 5 minutes to get its battery fully recharged.

Overall, we do see some differences, and it does seem that there are some slight improvements. Let's see whether those lagging sorely behind can catch up with modern fast-charging speeds in 2017.

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51 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The iPhones do have tiny battery capacities, so is it really a pros for it to be at the top of this chart? Really? This is embarassing, to say the least.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Oh, this chart is by Alphabetical order. Didn't notice that. But it should have been ranked by lowest charge time, not alphabeticaly by name, as that makes the Apple iPhone top the chart, duh! The iPhone's recharge time is still embarassing for a flagship of this age.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Duh. Which school did you come from? Bedrock High? As you can see it's nowhere alphabetical; Apple Samsung LG HTC Google OnePlus Huawei Xperia. Our education system continually fails us.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I beat ya to it. See post #10, dummy.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Sorry about the "dummy" word I added, didn't mean it, bruh. But I had already realized that it isn't alphabetically, like I previously thought, before you came to correct me with your post #8, as I saw my mistake a minute after posting my original comment.

52. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You do know theres an edit option, unless you're on mobile.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wow, your times are off. And some are completely wrong.

40. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Xperia XZ has a new charging mechanism. Plus it learns when it's the best time to charge. However you can change that. Especially since the Xperia XZ has quickcharge 3.0. I see iPhonearena is at it again. Clearly you guys don't know what you are doing.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The iPhone's recharge time is still embarassing for a flagship of this age." This age? The hell are you talking about? I don't need fast charging degrading my battery thanks. Once someone finds a method that doesn't effect battery cycles, I'll recommend it.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Whatever floats your boat, dude. There are phones with QuickCharge and removable battery. So, if battery degrades, a swap is all what is needed to replace it. Your charge time is literally the slowest, though having a tiny battery capacity. Deal with it.

49. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

What we need is a IT expert with knowledge of batteries. Does anyone know where to find one?

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Fast charging doesn't degrade batteries!!!!!!!!! It never had or will it ever. Qualcomm which I've posted a link million sof times, stated that fast charging doesn't degrade a battery that is designed to be fast charged. You are still ignoraing the facts to keep repeating a lie, which you ahve no proof of, yet you keep repeating it. HERE READ IT FOR YOURSELF and actually learn something. Maybe if you trolled less, and actually were a tech fan who is here to gain knowledge and not repeat false BS, you'd actually be smarter and know something. Q4: Can Quick Charge hurt my smartphone's battery? A: Quick Charge operates within the design parameters of batteries found in most smartphones. It is just charging the battery the way it is designed to be charged. Device manufacturers build smartphones with a specific battery that can accept a specific level of charge. The battery size and maximum current of each battery are design decisions made by the manufacturer and can vary from smartphone to smartphone, tablet to tablet and so on. However, traditional battery charging technology does not come close to the full power requirements of today's large batteries. Quick Charge is designed to allow device manufacturers to achieve the full rated capability of the batteries they choose while still meeting the performance and safety standards set by the battery manufacturer. Its question #4 at this link -https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/quick-charge/faq

23. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Maybe if you trolled less, and actually were a tech fan who is here to gain knowledge and not repeat false BS, you'd actually be smarter and know something." Maybe if you got a job you wouldn't spend all your time concocting poorly written essays about phones. The day when you of all people can question my intelligence is the day you learn how to write an ACTUAL paragraph......

26. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Ha! You couldn't refute his post #18, so you focus on his typos as a way to gauge intelligence, yet ignore they BS you spewed, claming fast charge degrades battrery life, while it actually depends if the said battery was fabbed on quickcharge's standards. Android flagships featuring the QuickChaerge do have batteries which meets it's standards, meaning that their batteries lifespan won't degrade from QuickCharge as you ignorantly claim. You were wrong, admit it.

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Don't bother trying to talk rational logic with it, it'll spew whatever BS it has to to defend its divine apple. Ignorance is what it so desires.

33. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Don't bother trying to talk rational logic with it, it'll spew whatever BS it has to to defend it's divine apple. Ignorance is what it so desires." Rational logic........lol. I've seen you say a lot of stupid crap, but touting someone else's OPINION as "rational logic" is a whole new level of retardation on your part. Fast charging is fine, but it's not something I care all that much about. I charge my phones overnight or in my office, like normal people do. However, I can see why you'd be cautious of such practices with the recent fiasco.

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sony's new charging system learns your battery cycles and can make it last two times longer. Whereas others would have to replace there batteries.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They did it on purpose. Someone not payign attention will just see the iPhone at the top, and without reading will assume the iPhoen charges faster. Considering the iPhone's battery size, the fact it takes 3 hours to charge is ridiculous. Apple doesn't care Because the idiot fans thing opening an apps 15 in a row and closing them faster is more important than things like battery life and default apps. But its not in alphabetical order. They just put the iPhone on top because they are iPhone fanboys.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Someone not payign attention will just see the iPhone at the top, and without reading will assume the iPhoen charges faster." Then that individual is a dumbass..... "Considering the iPhone's battery size, the fact it takes 3 hours to charge is ridiculous." You know what else is ridiculous? Your understanding of paragraph structure..... "Apple doesn't care Because the idiot fans thing opening an apps 15 in a row and closing them faster is more important than things like battery life and default apps." Sure, we care about performance. My battery life is fantastic BTW.......7+ user. So enjoy your faster charging.....I don't need it lol. "But its not in alphabetical order. They just put the iPhone on top because they are iPhone fanboys." Is it me or is the intelligence level in this thread decreasing by the second? It took 4 dudes to figure out S right after A.......wtf is wrong with the world?

27. mahima

Posts: 724; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

kiko is now the new dark jedi who is not an isheep anymore. kiko learn from him.

30. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sorry, what?

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Not paying close attention is same as making a typo. I browsed this article while under sun, so I couldn't see my screen clearly and I was walking too. You must be a dumbass too, since I can bet that you've also made the error of not paying close attention to something, as no human geing is perfect - hence typing errors occur, which is something you've done as well.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummmmm........k then :D.

48. sissy246

Posts: 7027; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

+100.....

44. cmdacos

Posts: 3957; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

That's great you get fantastic battery life out of your 7 plus. If needed, i can charge my phone twice in the time it takes you to charge your 7+ and my battery lasts nearly as long as your 7+.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Alright. I already corrected my mistake about it being on alphabetical order. See at post #10, come on.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it should be excluded from this list... actually it's better if they just show top 5 and sort it from fastest to slowest... and then another chart for battery size/charge time, and sort it from the highest result

25. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

You gotta love that anytime there is a phone comparison article about the best of something they always show iPhone in the preview. Fact is iPhone shouldn't be shown in the preview cause it makes people think it's among the best. When in fact iPhone is probably the world slowest charging device.

2. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

What about Zenfone 2 2015 ? It's faster than V10

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It is funny how crappy the iphone really is

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