Smartphones with quick charge: fastest to recharge from 0% to 100%, from the Galaxy to the iPhone


We've looked at the battery life of the top smartphones, comparing them, and running exhaustive battery tests that show how long a device can last, but with the advent of technologies like QuickCharge 2.0, we're starting to get more and more devices that not only last long, but also recharge very rapidly.

The QuickCharge 2.0 itself is a technology developed by chip maker Qualcomm and - if licensed - is supported in all recent 8xx top series of system chips. Meaning that practically all of the latest flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Note 4, HTC One (M8), LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3, Moto X (2014), and others should have it. In reality, though, not all phone manufacturers have chosen to enable it, but for those that have done this, the effect is immediately obvious.

In this list, we'll look at charging times - the time it takes for a device to go from a dead battery to a fully, 100%-charged state. The smartphone that support Quick Charge 2.0 are fastest to recharge and often, even just a half an hour on the charger could replenish such a phone enough to last a few hours. Keep in mind that we use the built-in wall charger in this test, and if you try to charge via USB or via a different, incompatible charger, you will likely get a worse result. The reason is that you cannot draw the same amount of charge via USB or a different charger.

With all those considerations 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. Oppo Find 7a

Charge time (0% to 100%): 1 hour 22 minutes
Battery Capacity: 2800mAh
Battery life: 6 hours 6 minutes

The Oppo Find 7a might surprise you with its first place on this list, as it is not a device that is all that common, but it indeed packs some impressive battery charting technology: VOOC charging. 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.

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Charge time (0% to 100%): 1 hour 35 minutes
Battery Capacity: 3220mAh
Battery life: 8 hours 43 minutes

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features a spacious battery, but it is Qualcomm's QuickCharge 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.

3. Google Nexus 6

Charge time (0% to 100%): 1 hour 38 minutes
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.

4. LG G3

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours
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.

5. OnePlus One

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours
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.

6. Samsung Galaxy S5

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 2 minutes
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.

7. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 15 minutes
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.

8. Apple iPhone 6

Specs | Battery life test results
Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 27 minutes
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.

9. 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.

10. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 51 minutes
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%.

11. Motorola Moto X (2014)

Charge time (0% to 100%): 2 hours 56 minutes
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.

12. HTC One (M8)

Charge time (0% to 100%): 3 hours 27 minutes
Battery Capacity: 2600mAh
Battery lifе: 7 hours 12 minutes

The HTC One (M8) comes with a sleek unibody and a fairly decently sized 2600mAh juice pack, but it takes forever to charge up - 3 hours and 27 minutes.

13. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Charge time (0% to 100%): 3 hours 28 minutes
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.

14. Sony Xperia Z3

Charge time (0% to 100%): 3 hours 55 minutes
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.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
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
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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76 Comments

1. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

My Note 4 lasts forever, my Nexus 5 before it would get like 2 hours of screen on time and it was totally dead. Really enjoying the fast charging and long battery of this Note.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My Note 3 STILL charges faster than the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus!!! Wall huggers indeed!

7. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

My dads 6 plus lasts awhile with his usage, but my brothers Note 3 and my Note 4 outdo it easily with the faster charging. We can use it more heavy and not have to worry.

28. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

iPhone 6 Plus with twice of battery will solve the bend gate problem. Oh well, I'm happy with my Z2 which does not bend.

59. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Fast charging is a neat feature but my z3c is enough to last 2 days without charging. Happy wall hugging!!

62. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Troll much lmao

66. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Butt hurt? Don't know where the troll part comes in but what I've said fast charging is a neat feature but if you can last a day without your phone’s battery hanging to dear life then charge your phone at night. I'm sure it'll be at full when you wake up.

70. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

@techperson211, EC's comment is going toward me haha @EC112987, troll much? of course. Tell Apple to solve the bending problem then we can talk. I have no problem with the device itself, but put I have problem with Apple putting out a high end device with such fundamental problem. Yeah so, noob much?

63. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

This completely demonstrates how even a chinese phone 1/4th the price of iCrap can laugh at it!!!

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I got 14-15 hours out of my new Note4 last night with moderately heavy usage with about 10% left when I got home. I'm impressed. My nexus 4 lived on the wall charger. Even on its best days it would have to be fully recharged at least once for moderate usage.

27. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

As long as a phone provides a full day of heavy usage I'm good with that. I don't have that problem. You charge it before you go to bed for the next day. It's the lazy asses who complain about this battery issues are the people who don't charge it at bed time and complain that it not long enough the next day. Grow up!

38. willard12 unregistered

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and it's never Apple's fault. Of all the people you see on the wall in an airport, you really think none of them bothered to charge their phone before they left home? Even though they obviously have their chargers, I guess they prefer the wall at the airport. So, if 50% of the apps on Android open .003 seconds slower, it's because Android is a horrible, laggy OS. If it takes 2.5 hours to charge an iphone, it's because people are lazy asses and need to grow up.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

huh, I put the m8 with wp into the graph at the bottom and it charges faster than the android version. Interesting

64. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

cleaner OS using less juice. My 925 charges fast for me. Probably quicker than half these phones. Or maybe I just stuck at telling time.

3. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

So Overall the Note 4 is best between all the phones listed.

14. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

It depend on what you need and how much your budget to buy new smartphone.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

With most programs you can put no money down and pay maybe an extra $30 per month for 24 months for a phone. Any phone is within budget. Grown up and accept the fact the Note 4 is king.

46. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

I don't need many much programs installed in my phone that I don't even used. I want simplicity and and not complicated. I'm tall and I don't need to grown up, Lmao. Accept the fact that the IP6 is much better than the Note 4 in some features.

72. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@aba71983 I accept the fact that Apple makes people naive and Apple can't handle such criticisms. Note 4 is the KING. You dumb ass. :P

29. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Best phablet listed. Phone that big really isn't for everyone. I even think my Z2 is a bit too big, but I did get used to it... but it's still too big

5. wilsong17 unregistered

Note 3 and note 4 what about Motorola turbo

8. macawmatt

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Exactly, where's the Turbo??

17. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

They didn't include because too much android display, LoL. Lmao, iDroid.

24. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Put a shirt on, you're disgusting

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 31267; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keep working out hard bro, you look great. We fitness nuts know the dedication it takes. +1

47. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Thanks Darkkjedii. Yes, I did bro. I am member at Gold Gym here in Makati, Philippines. Near to my work and just ignore those people who hate my body 'coz I'm sexy and I know it, haha! Almost 8 months doing gym now and feels great and I'm addicted. And my iPhone 6 too.

55. darkkjedii

Posts: 31267; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let the good look be a product of your commitment to good health. The specs that truly matter are blood pressure, blood sugar, testosterone levels, liver enzyme levels, etc.

48. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

+1 to that. Training and tech-ing.

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 31267; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Both rock lol. +1

65. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

+1 Indeed bro. Got nice iPhone 6, looking good, hot body. What else should I ask for :-)

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