Hall of shame: here are the slowest charging phones released in 2015 so far

Earlier today, Qualcomm unveiled Quick Charge 3.0, its new standard that will endow some of its upcoming chipsets with some rather fast charging capabilities. It promises up to 80% of charge for a bit over half an hour, which sounds pretty good on paper! Let's hope that manufacturers that use future Qualcomm chipsets will make full use of it. 

We are fairly certain that almost no smartphone user in the world will be happy if they have to hug the wall and patiently wait for their phone to accumulate a high enough charge level so that the can go on with their everyday duties. That said, there are some device that perform extremely well in this regard and charge pretty quickly. 

We've already had a few devices in 2015 that boasted truly amazing charging times, and then... There are some that are trailing behind in this aspect. Although they come with decent charging times, all things considered, it's still easily noticeable that they take their time. Here follow some of the more popular 2015 devices that will certainly take their time while charging. As a part of our battery benchmark test, we usually measure recharge times with the original chargers, so have in mind that the data right below is coming straight from our database. Also have in mind that we've set a bottom bar of 150 minutes / 2 hours and 30 minutes, with the phones sorted in ascending order.

OnePlus 2

There is no quick charge feature of any kind on the OnePlus 2 and we were not surprised that it took us 2 hours and 30 minutes to get its 3,300mAh battery fully charged. This would have been stomachable if the device had an outstanding battery life, but sadly, this is not the case - the handset lasted for merely 6 hours and 38 minutes in our battery life test, which is rather average when you compare it with its predecessors or some of the higher-end devices it intended to trump.

Meizu MX5

It's downright impossible to look at the numbers and state that the MX5 charges fast. You will have to wait for 160 minutes (2 hours and 40 minutes) if you want to see the venerable "100%" battery level at the top right of your status bar. There's some silver lining, though - once filled to the brim, the phone's 3,150mAh battery will keep the lights for 7 hours and 5 minutes, which is a decent result.

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Apple iPhone 6s Plus

The iPhone 6s Plus turned out to have a surprisingly good battery life of 9 hours and 11 minutes, but this surely takes its toll. You will have to wait for 165 minutes for the 2,750mAh unit behind to get fully charged.

HTC One M9+

The HTC One M9+ is a slightly spec'd-up version of the regular One M9, but sadly, it has nto scored the latter's fast charging trait. It will take you 3 hours and 6 minutes (186 minutes) to charge its 2,840mAh battery to the fullest. You will have some 6 hours and 21 minutes of predicted battery life at hand once the battery level hits 100%.

Sony Xperia Z3+

Charging the Snapdragon 810-equipped version of the Sony Xperia Z3 will take you 189 minutes. However, unlike the Sony's previous battery champs, the Z3+ only lasted for 7 hours and 15 minutes in our battery test. It's a bit disappointing, to say the least.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

There is a 3,000mAh battery at the back of this Microsoft device, which has a so-so life of 7 hours and 2 minutes. A not too shabby result for an entry-level phablet. However, once the battery gets depleted, the Lumia 640 XL and its charger will have to indulge in a 210-minute long rendezvous with the wall socket.

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Have you seen the extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)? The movie adaptation of the final chapter to Tolkien's Middle Earth saga has a runtime of exactly 251 minutes, or 4 hours and 11 minutes. Guess what, if your third-gen Moto G has a depleted battery and you plug it in when the extended version of the movie kicks off, the phone will get completely charged near the end credits. Sadly, we are not exaggerating, as it takes forever to get the affordable Motorola back in the game. 



1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014


15. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Huawei Mate 7 3 hours

34. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Note 5 50% less than half an hour.

52. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Hmmmm iPhone 6S will be similar to the 6. Let the stats wars begin I reckon you can forgive the Sony Z3+ too, seeing as its battery lasts 2 days..

56. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

my Z3 Compact is 3.5hrs :( hope Z5 Compact improves massively on this :)

37. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Hi PeterK, Apple iPhone 6 Plus takes 171 min to charge fully according to your benchmark and yet it is not listed here.

48. Appyfuzz410 unregistered

6 plus was a 2014 phone. This list is just for the 2015 phones. Read the title ffs

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2622; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Tin foil hat time - Notice that this article was published just before the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were released? TIn foil hat off - Totally expected to see the OnePlus 2 up first. Was not disappointed.

3. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Mark my words - if the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus require more than 2 hours and 30 minutes for a full charge, they will be promptly added in the list. No favoritism here, just facts.

6. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

lmao if you believe that you'll believe anything. This has clearly been done to avoid the iPhone's inclusion and we won't see another of these on the site until next year.

9. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

The iPhones will be included if they take more than 150 minutes for a full charge.

23. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

IPhone 6 plus have a 171 minute charging time according to your own bench SO you'll add it or what????????? I'M LOOKING FOR ANSWER!!!!! IPhone 6 have a 147 min by the way.

28. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Wait 2015 ok but i won't see it getting much better for iPhone 6s plus SO I'm watching you and it's still not end of the 2015 so why there's an article with phones at 2015 it should be a year ago.

50. Appyfuzz410 unregistered

6 plus is a 2014 phone for gods sake. Read the title next time -_-

55. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

oooOh, he told you, PeterK *drama* *drama*

38. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Hi PeterK, Apple iPhone 6 Plus takes 171 min to charge according to your benchmark and yet it is not listed here. Sorry if u feel that my post redundant. Just want to bring this to your notice.

49. Appyfuzz410 unregistered

6 plus is a 2014 phone -_-

41. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Well done Peter! You have taken our challenge. Thats nice. But sad part will be if iphone will not be charged slower than 150min. P.S. PA released this before LG G4 Pro and Lumina 950 and 950XL so they wont be on the list

63. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Challenge accepted and completed! The iPhone 6s Plus has been included in the list since it took us 165 min to get if fully charged.

64. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Thank you PeterK. for your followup on the matter.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'd be astounded if the iPhone 6s takes 150 minutes to charge. From my experience, the 6 takes somewhere around an hour, although I haven't timed it. Nowhere near two and a half. New conspiracy theory: PA is releasing this right before the Nexus 5X and 6X so they won't be on the list!!!

17. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Note, I was apparently way off with my estimate there, although I guess I've never charged it from dead, usually from around 20% or so.

62. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

The plot thickens! Anyway, our recharge test of the iPhone 6s Plus is ready, and guess what, the list has already been updated!

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ok then, please rewrite whole this hall of shame at the end of 2015.. complete with rank for "minute to charge"/ mAh or "minute of Screen on Time"/"minute to charge"

42. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Plz Dont worry Peter can update this article by the end of 2015 like Chris P was updating best screen to body ratio phones article

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, the iPhone 6 is 3 minutes faster than the OnePlus 2 so this year's iPhone should be faster simply due to smaller capacity. I imagine the iPhone 6s+ will make the list though.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What the hell does this have to do with the iphone? Nothing so stop trying to start an argument.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Quit being a whiny little b*tch, Exactly what part of my comment was an attempt to start an argument? I was responding to a comment regarding the iPhone by the guy who actually wrote the article so my comment has relevance to the subject. Dude, seriously, you need to see a surgeon to have that stick removed from your @$$.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well iphone is also a phone right? So why iphone thats charge in more than 150 min is not there? afraid to post bad stuff about apple phone?

51. Appyfuzz410 unregistered

The iPhone you have in mind was released on 2014 -_- This list is for the 2015 phones.

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