Top 10 phones with the fastest charging times: from zero to hero

Top 10 phones with the fastest charging times: from zero to hero
While we marvel at the battery life gains that are coming fast and furious with flagship handsets this season, thanks to a combination of larger battery capacities, more frugal display package designs, and software tweaks, there are advancements on the flip side of the coin - charging time - too. The amount of time it takes your phone to go from zero to hero with the stock charger is a metric that is often overlooked while we curse or praise the amount of screen-on time that the phone is able to last.

Still, charging times vary considerably from one device to another, and, especially with the ever-growing battery capacities these days, it is important that manufacturers include a powerful charger in the box, and make the battery management electronics intelligent enough to let all that juice in as quick as possible, without affecting the overall charging cycles lifespan. 

The undisputed champion here is Oppo, whose monster chargers are a sight unseen in the smartphone industry, and managed to catapult Oppo's flagships at the top of our shortest charging times list. Here are the top fastest-charging brand name handsets according to our database, where we log all times to get the phone from a completely depleted battery to a 100% with the charging unit that the manufacturer itself has supplied in the box.

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46 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lumia and Xperia phones weren't tested or they weren't good enough ?

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I think Xperia phones take quite some time to charge. Twice that of S5 if I remembered clearly.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yeah I just found out: Xperia Z2 takes 3 and half hours to charge. Whereas, GS5 takes 2 hours to charge. Really poor effort from Sony.

24. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh yeah that's horrible. I'll dump my Z2 immediately.

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol....no need to be butthurt about it. Its not for the current owners but someone who is deciding between the two phones it is an important point to consider. OEMs must realize just beefing up everything doesn't make their problems go away.

26. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

It's true. It takes some time, but it only takes 2 hours to charge up till 90%. This is the technique Sony uses to keep the Lithium battery life longer. Lithium batteries are getting (yes I know it's veeeerry little) damage from full charing to 100% and by fully depleting it (smartphones with 0% always have a little bit juice in them).

27. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Any evidence to support that claim ?

28. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I read that somewhere long ago, also that site you provided, states that a full 100% charged li-ion battery discharges faster. This has something to do with the ion's in the battery, I don't know exactly how or what. But about the fully depleting, you can read about that @ the same site you provided. They have a topic about charging and discharging lithium batteries (sorry can't put links cuz i just registered.)

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It took me about 75 minutes to charge my S5. Idk if I had one that was on steroids but it was amazing.

35. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

same here. Mine chargers in about an hour and a half. That is usually from 5%-10% though.

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I prefer big batteries that last me for one or two days. I don't normally care about charging time since I just leave them to charge overnight.

4. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Hell, where is the iPhone ?

8. hallihallo.87

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

In the trash can ;)

37. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

You Just Won The Internet!!!! (:-D)

10. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

I agree, the iPhone 5 I used to own was definitely the fastest charging smart phone I ever had. My S4 was the true "wall hugger".

16. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

iPhone 5 has lower battery capacity compared to s4 so it should charge faster than any other phones but agreed about the s4, mine drop dead faster than 4s i had.

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

In my opinion, I think battery take less power to charge means less damage on battery. I don't care about how much time it takes, because I charge my phone every night.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nope. That's incorrect. A phone with capacity of higher voltage will charge faster and it won't affect the battery life or phone in anyway. http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/all_about_chargers

21. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Do you realize that you provided a link to spare cell chargers? A phone's charging circuit is built into the device and the wall charger is nothing but a power adapter. The fact remains that a fast charge decreases the life span of batteries, which is probably longer than the time that people keep their phones.

6. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

With upcoming powerhungry octacore processors, Quad HD Displays and slapping new sensors on phone (You know what I mean) the most needed thing is higher capacity batteries. I can see the phones are getting upgrade in all the other factors except batteries.

11. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

I'm guessing the research and development of battery is among the most expensive and cost ineffective among the various aspects of a phone which is why not much attention is paid to it!

12. sagemda

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

Android lovers, where is the sweet iphone ? is this the top 10 (android) phones with the fastest charge time ?

13. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Nope, the title suggests that these are the top 10 phones with the fastest charging time.

15. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

iphone is 2.5 hours to recharge. Didn't make the cut despite it's tiny battery.

45. sagemda

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

i don't know where it took 2.5 hours to charge because mine and my friends are not...lol maybe its ur unit

14. leewt

Posts: 13; Member since: May 02, 2014

Where is Lumia and iPhone?? Too bad test :(

17. martinkem

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

the galaxy Note 3 should be on this list. By my own test it takes about 180 to 190 minutes to charge the 3200mAh battery from 1% with the phone turned on and connected to Wi-Fi

36. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

3-3 1/2 hours to charge a battery isn't going to make the list.

44. martinkem

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Sorry my bad that should have been 120 to 150 minutes instead of 180 to 190 minutes.

18. peace247 unregistered

Find 7a charges almost as quickly as its 1080p display version. . . . . I think it should be find 7... And lg g3 from 0-100$ .......?...?

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