Since the end of 2018, some smartphones have been compatible with a technology called “ultra fast charging”. By using chargers much more powerful than before, manufacturers are trying to drastically reduce the charging time of our smartphones.
The most powerful chargers today are those from Xiaomi (120W), Huawei (66W) and Oppo (65W), but brands like Xiaomi and Vivo seem determined to go even further. Xiaomi notably announced in May 2021 a 200W charger capable of recharging a phone in 8 minutes.
At the 01net.com lab, we measure the recharge time of all the devices we receive. To ensure that our results correspond to reality, we charge a smartphone to 100% when it arrives and then we fully discharge its battery. Once it reaches 0%, we plug it into its original charger and use a little software to measure its remaining battery capacity at regular intervals. You will see in this top 10 that Chinese brands are particularly ahead of this technology and occupy all the places in this ranking.
Is this technology dangerous?
Before presenting our results to you, it seems important to us to discuss the doubts that some may have about the potential dangerousness of such a technology. While it has been shown that batteries age less well when they heat up a lot, it is still too early to determine the impact of ultra-fast charging on the lifespan of our smartphones. Note also that some manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Realme use two batteries in their devices to reduce the heating temperature during recharging. By dividing the energy received by two, the smartphone retains normal heat and therefore does not suffer from the high power of its charger (it remains at low voltage). Only time will tell if these solutions are really without impact.
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10. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is a technological gem. Dedicated to those looking for the best in photography (its three sensors break records), this smartphone brings together everything that is best on the market.
On the charging side, Xiaomi hits hard with a 67 W charging that works with wire… and wireless, provided you have a suitable charger. The charger supplied in the box allows you to go from 0 to 100% in 37 minutes.
Recharge time: 37 minutes | Battery capacity: 5000 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 67 W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: 1199 euros | Read our full review of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
9. Realme X50 Pro
5G compatible, the Realme X50 Pro is one of the most affordable high-end latest-generation smartphones. For 599 euros, it offers you the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, a quadruple camera module with 64 Mpix main sensor and an ultra-fast 65W recharge identical to that of the Oppo Find X2 Pro.
However, Realme’s charging process is more aggressive than Oppo’s. This is what allows the smartphone to take the top of our ranking.
Recharge time: 35 minutes | Battery capacity: 4200 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 65W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: 599 euros | Read our full review of the Realme X50 Pro
8. Lenovo Legion Phone Duel
Can we do more unusual than the Legion Phone Duel? In a market where everything is alike, the new smartphone gaming from Lenovo has nothing «normal».
This device is used horizontally, like a Nintendo Switch (with an illuminated pop-up camera), can connect to a keyboard or mouse for gaming, and has an ultra high capacity 5000 mAh battery .
Even more improbable, Lenovo sells separately a 90 W charger that uses … two USB-C cables. You must therefore connect your smartphone twice to take advantage of the maximum recharge and recover 100% of autonomy in 33 minutes. In the box, there is a 65 W charger slower than the competition (1h10).
Recharge time: 33 minutes or 1h10 | Battery capacity: 5000 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 90W optional, 65W default | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: 999 euros | Read our article on the Legion Phone Duel
7. Oppo Find X3 Neo
The Oppo Find X3 Neo is a 2021 smartphone with a 2020 processor. Marketed as a high-end device, this device uses the Snapdragon 865 in order to lower prices. Compatible with Oppo’s SuperVOOC 2.0 charger, it recharges in 33 minutes.
Recharge time: 33 minutes | Battery capacity: 4500 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 65W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: 799 euros | Read our full review of the Oppo Find X3 Neo
6. Oppo Reno 4 Pro
Very thin (7.6 millimeters) and lighter than most other smartphones (172 grams), the Oppo Reno 4 Pro is an extremely successful smartphone. Equipped with Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 765G processor, this device has two 2000 mAh batteries to support Oppo’s 65 W ultra-fast charging. This allows it to be the smartphone currently on the market that recharges the fastest.
Recharge time: 32 minutes | Battery capacity: 4000 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 65W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: 799 euros | Read our full review of the Oppo Reno 4 Pro
5. OnePlus 9 Pro
Equipped with an LTPO OLED display with adaptive refresh rate (1-120 Hz), the OnePlus 9 Pro is a very innovative smartphone. In addition to its compatibility with 65 W wired charging, this smartphone is also the first mobile in the world capable of accepting 50 W wireless charging, which allows it to be recharged in 41 minutes thanks to a dedicated base.
Recharge time: 32 minutes | Battery capacity: 4500 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 65W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: from 719 euros | Read our full review of the OnePlus 9 Pro
4. OnePlus 9
Slower than the OnePlus 9 Pro in terms of recharge wireless (15W, 1h26), the OnePlus 9 manages to overtake its big brother by a minute in wired charging. According to our laboratory measurements, it only takes 31 minutes to pass from 0 to 100%. Impressive !
Recharge time: 31 minutes | Battery capacity: 4500 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 65W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: from 919 euros | Read our OnePlus 9 test
3. OnePlus Nord 2
In terms of ultra-fast charging, OnePlus is definitely very strong. With its mid-range Nord 2, the Chinese brand manages to do even better than its high-end OnePlus 9, respectively number 3 and number 4 in this ranking. It takes just half an hour for the device to go from 0 to 100%, which allows it to occupy the second place in our ranking.
Recharge time: 30 minutes | Battery capacity: 4500 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 65W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: from 399 euros | Read our first tests of the OnePlus Nord 2
2. Realme GT Master Edition
The Realme GT Master Edition, a mid-range smartphone delivered with a 65W charger, recharges on average in 25 minutes according to our measurements. This is simply impressive, especially since the technology used by Realme is the same as that of Oppo and OnePlus (the company belongs to the same group). We even managed to recharge it once in 21 minutes, without succeeding in replicating this feat. Usually, it’s around 25, 26 or 27 minutes. Its 4300 mAh battery is not small, however.
Recharge time: 25 minutes | Battery capacity: 4300 mAh | Charger power: 65W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: from 349 euros | Read our first reviews of the Realme GT Master Edition
1. Xiaomi 11T Pro
The new champion of ultra-fast charging is signed Xiaomi. It must be said that with its charger with a record power of 120W, this smartphone is particularly advantageous in the smartphone market. 21 minutes are enough to fully charge it, which is all the more impressive since its total capacity is 5000 mAh (2×2500 mAh). This kind of device completely changes the way you use your smartphone, recharging is no longer a burden at all. 10 minutes a day can be enough!
Recharge time: 21 minutes | Battery capacity: 5000 mAh (two batteries) | Charger power: 120W | 5G compatibility: yes | Manufacturer price: from 649 euros | Read our article on recharging the Xiaomi 11T Pro