Samsung vs Apple, Huawei and OnePlus: whose phones charge the fastest?

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?

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. The 22W SuperCharge is now fast enough, but what if Huawei supercharges it even more?



16. mayor

Posts: 18; Member since: May 06, 2017

Just don't understand why apple is in this article...

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

To fill the 3 last places.

14. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

I'm surprised those huawei, oneplus, honor can charge at those rates. Given their low quality design and manufacturing, I see a great risk of explosion.

15. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Better keep more knowledge about your favorite brand. :D

17. baldilocks

Posts: 1554; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

You're new at this, huh? Watch some current videos from the OnePlus 6 manufacturing and testing process. Nothing cheap about these phones.

19. yalokiy

Posts: 1142; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

If the quality was that bad, they wouldn't have taken the second place in the world.

25. luis.aag90

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Dead wrong

11. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Have you guys ever tried charging the iPhone 8 and X with Samsung's fast charger and a lightning cable?

13. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup it does. My cousin tried it on his iPhone X using Galaxy C9Pro’s fast charger and it was taking somewhat less time to charge(don’t know how much exactly). Even my Moto X 2014(supports Turbocharging) charges fastly with Fast Adaptive charger.

9. AdeelSoomro

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

Hahaha look who's first from bottom :-D:-D:-D:-D:-D

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

27 watt stock charger and about 75 minutes with my phone to full using PD. One of the fastest period.

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1554; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Misleading title vs. results. The OnePlus 6 charges faster, but the P20's battery charges at a faster rate.

2. Tahir215

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

iPhone SE


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Everyone knows that apple is the slowest of them all! Even midrange phones charge faster l!

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Speed is not that big of an issue for me, but the way it charges the device is. Not intelligent charging = higher battery degradation.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

False. Again people who don't know what they are talking about continue to make false statements. Batteries that are designed to be fast charged, are designed to accept a specific amount of voltage which charges them faster. It does not cause the batteries to degrade faster. Everyone who repeats this lie, really needs to stay off tech sites talking stuff you know nothing about. 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.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5825; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But Apple doesn't use intelligent charging They just cheap out compared to Android OEMs Luckily this year they are rumored to be upgrading up their wired charger Hopefully they also upgrade their low quality batteries too so they don't degraded to 80% after 1.5 years (which then forces throttling of the SoC since their SoCs are too power hungry) For comparison, Samsung's degrade to 95% after 2 years

20. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

What I am saying in my post is QC is better not just because it's faster, but much safer for battery degradation ... I felt like I had to write the same sentence again.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5825; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sorry, thought you were defending Apple implying they used intelligent charging My bad

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Half as often as well.

8. Papa_Ji

Posts: 925; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

First one to discharge and last one to recharge....

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Their phone won't S-PLODE like some cheap Apple copycats from Korea.

23. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Even many low-end smartphones come with 10W charger nowadays.

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