When time is of the essence, the last thing you want to be doing is sitting waiting for your phone to charge. Luckily, a host of smartphone manufacturers have been working tirelessly to cut the wait, and give you a phone that will be off the charger and back in your pocket in no time.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite fast-charging smartphones, so you can spend less time waiting for your battery to hit 100%.
Boasting Fast Adaptive Charging, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a great choice when you’re looking for a smartphone you won’t be sitting around waiting for. You’re looking at under 90 minutes for a full charge and only 30 minutes for 60% – one of the best performances we’ve seen from one of the most high-performance smartphones around.
What’s more, the Galaxy S7 Edge rocks a 3,600 mAh battery unit, which is a major step up from the Galaxy S7’s 3,000 mAh capacity. This means it intrinsically lasts longer than its predecessor, which means you can call, text and browse the web for more time than ever before.
Motorola Nexus 6
Another fast-charging option is provided by the Motorola Nexus 6, which uses Motorola’s Turbo Charger technology to make sure you won’t be kept waiting. Taking less than two hours to fully charge, the battery should last for almost eight hours – an impressive result for such a short charge time.
The Nexus 6 has a bigger battery than some of its competitors – checking in at 3,220 mAh – which helps it stay near the top of the pack.
Another contender for the fast-charging crown is the magnificent HTC 10. The new smartphone has a powerful 3,000 mAh unit which benefits from QuickCharge 3.0 technology, meaning it can go from zero to 100% in just under an hour – impressive, right?
The perfect choice when you don’t have time to sit around and wait for your phone to get up to speed, the HTC 10 offers well over a day of battery life, with a respectful standby time too. If you forget to charge your phone overnight, you’ll only see a slight drop in battery life in the morning.
Featuring Quick Charging technology, the LG G4 delivers exactly what it promises when it comes to powering up flagging phones. It can fill a flat battery in just over an hour and a half – ideal if you’re in a hurry.
It’s worth noting, though, that while the LG G4 fully supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology, the charger that comes in the box often doesn’t. Luckily there are plenty of third party chargers out there to speed up your charging process.
The fast chargers of the future
While these are the phones with the fastest charging rate right now, Huawei might be set to change all that. The manufacturer claims to have created a battery that can charge to 48% in less than three minutes. Working up to 10x faster than the average lithium battery and making use of a new electrode design, Huawei’s new phone line could snatch the top stop in the speedy charging stakes – watch this space!