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What are the best fast chargers for your smartphone?

From Apple to Oppo via Samsung and Xiaomi, the majority of smartphone manufacturers today offer technologies that allow you to quickly charge your smartphone’s battery: Quick Charge, Fast Charge, Power Delivery, etc. What are the best fast chargers to benefit from fast charging on your iPhone or Android smartphone? Discover our selection.

If there is one area that has not been simplified in recent years, it is that of the charging of our mobile phones. Until recently, things seemed to be heading for auspicious horizons, with massive adoption of USB-C and its Power Delivery.

It was without counting on the arms race in which the various manufacturers have embarked on the fast charge. Forgotten universality, everyone goes for their own solution, often with stunning numbers like Oppo and its fast charging at 125W, more than the vast majority of laptops.

Samsung, Motorola, OnePlus, Huawei, Honor, Xiaomi, Apple, Oppo … smartphone manufacturers almost all offer different fast charging technologies for their smartphones. Apple in particular no longer even supplies chargers with its smartphones, a trend that is spreading as a growing number of manufacturers seem to have followed suit. Enough to make the purchase of a charger even more important …

Gallium nitride is fantastic

You may have noticed: chargers have tended to be smaller for the past two years. We must thank gallium nitride for this dry diet. This semiconductor is indeed much more efficient than traditional silicon at equal size. Many manufacturers are therefore taking advantage of this to produce very powerful chargers while being much less bulky.

They obviously cost a bit more than their conventional counterparts, but the space saving is definitely worth it, especially if you have your charger in your bag. On the shelves they are often distinguished by their English acronym GaN.

If you have no idea which charger to choose for your smartphone and you don’t want to go further, here are our recommendations that can be used and reused with any smartphone.

Note that for the majority of technologies (except OnePlus, Oppo and Realme which use a proprietary VOOC cable), all USB cables are compatible with fast charging, since it is not linked directly to the cable.

In view of the powers that now pass through these cables, we strongly recommend that you stay on established brands and quickly throw away any damaged cable. And if you are in doubt about which length to choose, 120cm will fit most uses.

If you want to charge your phone wirelessly, you can read our guide to the best wireless chargers. And if you’re often on the go, our pick of the best power banks can help.

Samsung, Apple, Google, Sony : USB-C Power Delivery

The standard around which all brands gradually come together for fast charging is USB Power Delivery. This technology, made possible with the USB 3.1 standard, allows its peripherals to be charged quickly thanks to a higher output voltage. Above all, it allows you to charge any type of device (smartphones, PCs, tablets, Nintendo Switch, accessories) with the same fast charger.

More and more smartphones are compatible, in particular: Google, Sony, Samsung and Apple. Even if your smartphone is not USB 3.1 compatible, opting for a USB-C Power Delivery charger allows it to have the best possible charging speed and, above all, to have a reusable charger to avoid collecting them.

If you have an iPhone, you will have to think about taking a Lightning to USB Type-C cable, or de l’USB-C vers USB-C if you know you need it for an iPad Pro for example.

If you choose a charger with strong output power (45 W or more), it will be able to charge more demanding peripherals like a PC or a MacBook. Don’t worry about the smartphone, the charging power will adapt to its demand without danger.

Qualcomm Quick Charge: wide support

With its different versions of Quick Charge, we are now at 5.0, Qualcomm has been a pioneer in fast charging. The major advantage of the chip maker is that it provides turnkey solutions to manufacturers.

Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 charging speed

From 0 to 100 in 15 minutes // Gamesdone: Qualcomm

Offering up to 100 W of power, version 5.0 of the standard is backwards compatible and, in passing, respects the most classic Power Delivery. In practice things are a little more complicated since no charger of this type is available.

However, there are good Quick Charge 4+ models at very reasonable prices.

OnePlus, Oppo and Realme: VOOC / Warp Charge

OnePlus and Oppo / Realme offer proprietary fast charging technology: Warp Charge / VOOC Charge. Unlike its competitors, this one only works with a charger and a compatible cable. They are officially available on the OnePlus store or on the Oppo Facebook store.

Huawei et Honor : Huawei Supercharge

The majority of smartphones offered by Huawei have a HiSilicon Kirin SoC offering the brand’s own fast charging technology: Huawei Supercharge. In order to take advantage of the best charging speed, we therefore recommend that you choose for an official charger.

Understand everything to fast charging

Can fast charging damage my battery?

The batteries in our electronic devices are sensitive and charging them quickly can in theory damage them or shorten their lifespan. In practice this is not really the case. Modern charging is indeed a complex affair, the power supplied by the charger is in fact modulated to limit the heating and wear of the cells. Thus the first 80% of the charge is very fast then gradually slows down.

No need to be afraid, the phone and the charger take care of everything.

Does my battery need to be empty before charging?

This very common myth is nonetheless totally false. On the contrary, battery wear is the most marked when it is completely empty. So no need to run out of fuel before refueling.

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