Smartphones with quick charge: fastest to recharge from 0 to 100% (2015 edition)

Smartphones with quick charge: fastest to recharge from 0 to 100% (2015 edition)
With emerging quick charging technologies from various companies, it's time to see who's who when it comes to getting your smartphone battery fully juiced up from 0 to 100% fastest.

But first, let's give some brief historical perspective to the charging debate. Qualcomm was the first to open the field of quick charging on smartphones with its QuickCharge 1.0 technology which utilized efficient switchmode conversion that maximizes the 10 watts of power available to be drawn from USB. 

This first generation of the technology was designed to reduce charging times by up to 40% compared to regular charging techniques, and was available in phones as old as 2012.

Next, we saw the arrival of Qualcomm's QuickCharge 2.0, first available on most Snapdragon 800 devices. Support for the technology was there, but phone makers decided to save up on chargers, so a lot of phones ended up with slower chargers leaving users confused whether they even support QuickCharge 2.0 (the same confusion basically continues to this day, but we'll right this wrong with this article).

Then, a couple of other newcomers entered the space. Chinese Oppo introduced its VOOC chargers with the Find 7 smartphone, and it was a particularly surprising solution as the charging rate on the bulky VOOC wall charger showed rates of 4.5 amps, much more than all the rest smartphones and even tablets at the same 5 volts of electric potential. Oppo's engineers later explained that the secret sauce consists of three parts: a new type of a USB connector with 7 pins rather than the regular four (capable of delivering more electrical power), a battery with more pins and the battery cell actually consisting of three cells that are each charging simultaneously at 1.5A. No matter the technology, the effect was staggering: the Oppo Find 7 charged faster than any other phone we've ever tested without a danger to the battery going bust quicker than any other cell charged with 5V/1.5A. The Oppo Find 7 takes just 1 hours and 22 minutes to recharge.

Finally, just a month ago, Samsung brought us the Galaxy S6 with its 'Fast Adaptive Charging' tech, and the phone broke all earlier records, even that of Oppo's VOOC charging. The Galaxy S6 takes just around 78 minutes, or 1 hour and 18 minutes, to go from fully drained to fully charged. Samsung's Fast Adaptive Charging tech actually first launched on the Note 4, but since the phablet ships with a much larger battery the effect was not all that obvious.

With all that in mind, let's take a look at the phones that are fastest to get fully recharged, from 0% to 100%, with the fastest ones coming first.

1. Samsung Galaxy S6

Charge time (0% to 100%): 1 hour 18 minutes
Wall charger: 9V - 1.2A | 5V - 2A
Battery Capacity: 2550mAh
Battery life: 7 hours 14 minutes

The Galaxy S6 charges remarkably quickly using the provided 'Fast Adaptive Charge' technology, which Samsung has developed to be even faster than Qualcomm's ubiquitous QuickCharge 2.0 tech.

2. Oppo Find 7a

Charge time (0% to 100%): 1 hour 22 minutes
Wall charger: VOOC at 5V - 4.5A
Battery Capacity: 2800mAh
Battery life: 6 hours 6 minutes

The Oppo Find 7a might surprise those who don't know about its secret charging tech with its front-running place on this list, as it is not a device that is all that common, but the VOOC charging inside it is indeed impressive. The technology allows the phone to go up to 75% charge in merely 30 minutes, and for a full recharge, you'd need to wait an hour and 22 minutes.

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Charge time (0% to 100%): 1 hour 35 minutes
Wall charger: 9V - 1.2A | 5V - 2A
Battery Capacity: 3220mAh
Battery life: 8 hours 43 minutes

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features a spacious battery, but it is Samsung's 'Fast Adaptive Charge' magic that allows it to get quickly replenished - in just an hour and 35 minutes. A nice extra for the Note 4 and other top-shelf Samsung devices is that the battery is user-removable.

4. Google Nexus 6

Charge time (0% to 100%): 1 hour 38 minutes
Wall charger: Turbo 1 is 9V - 1.6Amps | Turbo 2 is 12V - 1.2Amps | Regular is 5V - 2A
Battery Capacity: 3220mAh
Battery life: 7 hours 53 minutes

The Google Nexus 6 comes equipped with a Motorola Turbo Charger that allows it to get the massive 3220mAh battery refilled very quickly - in just an hour and 38 minutes.

5. HTC One M9

Charge time (0% to 100%): 1 hour 46 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 1.6A
Battery Capacity: 2840mAh
Battery lifе: 6 hours 25 minutes

The HTC One M9 comes with full support for QuickCharge 2.0 (including a compatible wall charger in the box) that only adds a needed improvement in its battery speed in addition to the sleek unibody and a fairly decently sized 2840mAh juice pack.

6. LG G3

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours
Wall charger: 5V - 1.8A
Battery Capacity: 3000mAh
Battery life: 6 hours 14 minutes

The LG G3 falls in a category of slower charging devices that take two hours or more to replenish their juicers. The 3000mAh battery on the G3 is recharged in exactly 2 hours.

7. OnePlus One

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours
Wall charger: 5V - 2A
Battery Capacity: 3100mAh
Battery life: 8 hours 5minutes

The OnePlus One might look like an almost exact clone of fhe Oppo Find 7 and 7a, but one technology it does not bring over is the VOOC charging, and it takes a much lengthier 2 hours to recharge it fully.

8. Samsung Galaxy S5

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 2 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 2A
Battery Capacity: 2800mAh
Battery life: 7 hours 38 minutes

The Galaxy S5 boasts a rechargable battery that is also in this mid-tier of charge speeds - with 2 hours and 2 minutes to get fully replenished.

9. LG G4

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours and 7 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 1.8A
Battery Capacity: 3000mAh
Battery life: 6 hours 6 minutes

The LG G4 is another device that fails to make full use of its built-in support of QuickCharge 2.0: LG does not equip it with a compatible fast charger in the box, which results in the pretty slow 2 hours and 7 minutes of full recharge time. Make sure to grab a proven third-party QC 2.0 charger to juice it up faster!

10. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 15 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 2A
Battery Capacity: 3200mAh
Battery life: 6 hours 8 minutes

Last year's Note 3 was among the better phones in terms of battery life when it launched last year, but now, just a year ahead in time and it ranks in the mid to low ranks in terms of battery charge speeds and longevity.

11. Apple iPhone 6

Specs | Battery life test results
Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 27 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 1A
Battery Capacity: 1810mAh
Battery life: 5 hours 22 minutes

The Apple iPhone 6 is not a great battery performer - it's very powerful chip acts as a double-edged sword as it drains the battery very quickly in demanding apps like games, and unfortunately it also takes quite a while to recharge - 2 hours and 27 minutes.

12. Motorola Moto G (2014)

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 31 minutes
Battery Capacity: 2070mAh
Battery life: 6 hours 17 minutes

The original Moto G impressed with its battery longevity, but the 2014 edition of the phone arrived with a larger and more taxing on the battery 5-inch display, so battery life did take a hit. Recharge times are also not on par with most Android flagships as the Snapdragon 400 system chip that the Moto G runs on does not support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

13. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 51 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 1A
Battery Capacity: 2915mAh
Battery life: 6 hours 32 minutes

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus may not be perfectly on par with the others in terms of battery life (a lot of that is due to the fact that its very capable chip runs without throttling even in more demanding games and for longer periods of time, sustaining great performance levels), and unfortunately it is also very slow to recharge - it takes a whopping 2 hours and 51 minutes to go from 0 to 100%.

14. Motorola Moto X (2014)

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 56 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 1.2A
Battery Capacity: 2300mAh
Battery life: 5 hours 45 minutes

The Moto X (2014 edition) is also no champ in either battery longevity, or charge-up times, ranking decisively in the bottom of our listings.

15. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Charge time (0% to 100%): 3 hours 28 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 0.85A
Battery Capacity: 2600mAh
Battery life: 10 hours 2 minutes

Some companies have decided to trade great battery life for not so great recharge times. We're talking about Sony, of course. The company is among the very best in battery longevity, as its Z3 Compact, for instance, is our most long-going non-phablet device, but it also takes an eternity to reacharge - 3 hours and 28 minutes.

16. Sony Xperia Z3

Charge time (0% to 100%): 3 hours 55 minutes
Wall charger: 5V - 0.85A
Battery Capacity: 3100mAh
Battery life: 9 hours 29 minutes

The Xperia Z3 is another top-of-the-rank battery performer by Sony that is not so tops when it comes to battery recharging - it takes an excruciating 3 hours and 55 minutes to fully recharge (almost 4 hours)! You'd better make sure you put it for a nightly charge, as a quick charge-up during the day will do you little good. Yet, we do know that the Xperia Z3 supports QuickCharge 2.0, but the reason for this terrible result is that Sony only includes a 0.85A charger. Get a faster, QC2 compatible charger if you want to juice it up faster.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
LG G4 127
Google Nexus 6 98
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 208
Sony Xperia Z3 235
Motorola Moto G (2014) 151
Motorola Moto X (2014) 176
LG G3 120
HTC One (M8) 207
Samsung Galaxy S5 122
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 135
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 95
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 171
Apple iPhone 6 147
OnePlus One 120
OPPO Find 7a 82

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Good)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5 4h 50 min (Poor)
Google Nexus 6 7h 53 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 10h 2 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z3 9h 29 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G (2014) 6h 17 min (Average)
Motorola Moto X (2014) 5h 45 min (Average)
LG G3 6h 14 min (Average)
HTC One (M8) 7h 12 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S5 7h 38 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 6h 8 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 8h 43 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 5s 5h 2 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 6h 32 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
OnePlus One 8h 5 min (Excellent)
OPPO Find 7a 6h 6 min (Average)

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65 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Z3 has a 3100 mha battery and not a 2600 mha battery. Also it charges around the 2 hour mark. Not to mention the Moto X charges around 2 hours as well. How do I know? I have both.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I should also add if you buy the quick charger for the Moto X, then it charges full in under an hour. You can even use

29. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

Have any of you noticed the LG G4 is missing on the lists of battery life? is this mean Phone Arena will finally do another battery testing for the G4?

36. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Is the phone even out yet....

38. Victor.H

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 27, 2011

We will be testing the phone with a QuickCharge 2.0 charger in the near future. As for the Z3, it does charge for a freaking long time with the charge that's in the box, and that's a fact. You CAN however charge it faster if you get a faster, QuickCharge 2.0 charger. And we've never said the Z3 has a 2600mAh battery, that's the battery on the Z3 Compact. Finally, stay tuned for an update about charging times of all major phones with a QuickCharge wall plug.

44. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Maybe your unit. My Z3 and Z1 before it came with 1.5 A chargers. Even my sis Z2. At least acknowledge that not all units come with green heart chargers. Notice it's called the Green heart charger, not the standard charger.

55. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

You Blind?

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Looks like PA is unlucky or maybe Sony Bulgaria is greedy for including a 850A charger for a high end flagship.

11. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Check out the comments in the article link I mentioned below.

16. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Well, consumers will definitely get the better ones. But seriously though, why can't Sony give reviewers the same charger as consumers get? You give them bad, reviewers will say your product is bad. Come on, it's really bad. Those GreenHeart chargers must go.

23. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

As far as battery capacity and charging time ratio is concerned, iPhones are worse in the list. Charges 1810 mah in 2 hrs 27 min...

15. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

*0.85A

27. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I don't mind my Z2 to charge for a long time but I get a lot of time out of one charge. :D It's a way for Sony to ensure the battery's life cycle

37. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

We can pretend that is true but if you ever forget to charge it.

60. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If I ever forget to charge it.. then it will suck haha lol Well, I just have to stay on top of it.

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The Z3 unit tested by PA was using a charger with 0.85A output, while yours could be 1.5A. Check this article : http://www.phonearena.com/news/6-mighty-annoying-things-that-manufacturers-do-or-dont-do-part-2_id69280

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Asus Zenfone 2 is one of the fastests and not in the list :|

13. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

They're yet to review the ZF2.

28. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

LG G4 where is on the list of battery life? anyone noticed that? maybe PA will do the test for G4's battery?

59. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Where's the Droid Turbo...

3. waddup121 unregistered

Yaa.....

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2598; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I keep reading about how great the battery life on the Note 4 should be, but I never see those results. Even after wiping my device and starting over, my battery life is fair, but not exceptional.

51. Cicero

Posts: 1134; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Buy a new one. Maybe yours is a defective one. I think you couldn't charge your phone more than 500 times already.

6. skaar18

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Phonearena, can u plz give me mAh/min(or batter life / charging time) too.

12. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Also give a description of what specific charger was used for each phone. I.E. iPhone 6 apple charger (1Amp) Sony Z3 cheap greenheard (0.85Amp) And while you are at it, go get the original Sony 1.5Amp charger that came for every other consumer (not reviewer) and test it again. And also do another test for handsets supporting QC2.0 using a SINGLE charger and see how efficient the devices do. Finally... I believe that the Z3 is NOT QC2.0 compatible, but the Z3 Compact IS... only the Japanese Z3 variant is also QC2.0 ready

40. Victor.H

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 27, 2011

Will do!

41. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Thanks Victor... I was getting used to feeling ignored by Authors and PA Staff... Appreciate your effort.

62. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Victor, I hope you are still following this thread... anyway I am currently testing my Z3C and writing down results in a Excel sheet, Today I tested the following, and hopefully this gives you an idea of the results you can expect: Conditions: - Using a Tablet charger (Asus) of 2.0 Amp - with a Long USB cable (4 ft.) - and using the magnetic port with an Adapter - Phone turned ON with normal background services active (WiFi On and connected. Bluetooth On, disconnected) - Starting with a fully drained battery (0 %) Results: - It reached 50% at 67 minutes - It reached 90% at 130 minutes - Fully charged (100%) at 155 minutes Given that the battery is a 2600 mAh.... 44% bigger than the one on the iPhone 6 and it takes less than 10 minutes more to fully charge, I think it is actually a pretty good achievement. I wish I had a QuickCharge 2.0 charger to test.

39. Victor.H

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 27, 2011

Good idea, will definitely be considered!

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