FoneArena Labs : Best Fast Charging Standard in the market

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One of the things most valued by consumers today on smartphones is the battery life. Regardless of the kind of specifications or features it packs, users want more and more juice to power the device for as long as possible. There was a time when the average smartphone battery life had gone well below a day of use even for an average or light user and that’s when people got dependent on battery packs and other charging methods. However, these days, manufacturers have made the push to include not just larger capacity batteries but also optimize the battery consumption.

However, even then, there are situations that demand a quick recharge of their smartphone and people don’t really want to carry around a battery pack or charger. That’s when quick charging came as a problem solver. Quick charging would allow users to get X% of battery charging within Y minutes and that was often the difference between keeping users entertained through a bus journey instead of getting bored or allowing them to find their way to their destination instead of getting stranded.

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But which company has the fastest charging or to be more specific, which fast charging technology is the most efficient and effective. Figures claimed by most companies only reflect a part of the actual truth and that is why we decided to find out for ourselves and present the results to you.

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For the test, we decided to compare the Xiaomi Mi 5, Moto G3 Turbo, OnePlus 3, Oppo R7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7. They use Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Turbo Charging, Dash Charge, VOOC and Adaptive Fast Charging technologies respectively. Below is a chart of the amount of time taken and the percentage of charge the phone can accumulate over said time. Bear in mind that there are also differences in battery capacity as stated below and we’ve tried to get smartphones with the same capacity where we could.

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Due to the difference in battery capacities, we would also need to calculate the amount of amperes fed to the phone in each case. In case of the R7 Plus, the capacity is larger at 4100 mAh and in case of the Moto G3 Turbo, capacity is smaller at 2470 mAh. The chart below shows the charging time taken by each phone at different intervals as well as the amount of charge being fed to the phone per minute and per second.


From the stats, we can see that the OnePlus 3 was the quickest to charge from 0-100% while the Moto G3 Turbo was the slowest. The Galaxy S7 and Mi 5 come in at 3rd and 4th places respectively. While that is all one needs to consider when comparing 3 phones of similar capacity, we will need to consider the amount of charge per minute or second instead of the final time due to the difference in capacities.

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When you take that into account, you will observe that the Oppo’s VOOC charging method is the most efficient since it manages to refill around 42.6 mAh per minute (0.71 mAh per second) while OnePlus’s Dash Charge comes in at second with 40.8 mAh per minute (0.68 mAh per second). The other three standings remain the same order since the S7, Mi 5 and G3 Turbo come in at 3rd, 4th and 5th positions respectively.

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Another important thing to note is that smartphones have become such an integral part of our lives is that we are probably going to use it even when its charging and as a result, the smartphone and charging technology needs to be equipped well enough to handle the occasional texting, video playback or even gaming while being charged.


Whichever charging technology manages to charge the phone with the least amount of deviation from the original charging speed and rise in temperature is what the ideal standard would be. The charts below showcase the various charging times as well as the temperature during gaming and video playback during said intervals.

Phone Mi 5 Moto G3 Turbo OnePlus 3 Oppo R7 Plus S7
% Time Time Time Time Time
30 21m44s 16m26s 14m2s 18m20s 20m 22s
40 7m19s 7m23s 4m25s 6m14s 7m 11s
50 6m11s 6m41s 4m31s 6m17s 6m 56s
60 7m42s 7m45s 4m43s 6m20s 6m 40s
70 7m27s 9m53s 4m35s 6m14s 7m 25s
80 7m58s 9m20s 5m26s 8m30s 7m 45s
90 10m32s 11m53s 7m31s 10m6s 12m 8s
100 29m8s 29m46s 27m8s 32m59s 16m 35s
Total Time 1h 38m 01s 1h 39m 11s 1h 12m 35s 1h 35m 00s 1h 25m 03s
Amp Per Second 0.51 0.46 0.68 0.71 0.58
Amp Per Minutes 30.6 27.6 40.8 42.6 34.8

In the video playback test, we considered the time taken by the phones to charge from 10% to 100% since video playback is not permitted when the smartphone goes below the former battery level. In this test too, the OnePlus 3 comes on top in terms of fastest charging time but when you consider the actual amount of mAh being refilled, then VOOC is the winner by a small margin. When you take a look at the other three, the positions have been shuffled altogether since the Moto G3 comes in at 3rd while the Mi 5 and S7 come in at 4th and 5th respectively.


This is the case with both the charging times as well as mAh. The reason why the S7 in particular is so slow is because it is the only smartphone in this test to come with a 1440p display which essentially means that it has 4 times the pixel count of other smartphones. This in turn means that it will draw more power while the phone is getting charged.

Phone Mi 5 Moto G3 Turbo OnePlus 3 Oppo R7 Plus S7
% Time Time Time Time Time
20 13M 25S 6M 39S 3M 45S 8M 47S 17M 4S
30 10M 30S 7M 45S 4M 48S 5M 17S 18M 3S
40 10M 55S 7M 52S 5M 18S 6M 20S 16M 11S
50 10M 51S 8M 00S 4M 33S 6M 14S 16M 55S
60 10M 31S 9M 35S 4M 45S 6M 53S 17M 7S
70 10M 46S 8M 40S 4M 55S 6M 48S 16M 56S
80 13M 43S 9M 11S 5M 6M 42S 16M 59S
90 9M 3S 11M 15S 7M 41S 12M 23S 16M 25S
100 27M 40S 26M 40S 26M 38S 30M 9S 21M 34S
Total Time 1h 57m 04s 1h 36m 01s 1h 07m 38s 1h 29m 55s 2h 37m 23s
Amp Per Second 0.42 0.42 0.73 0.75 0.31
Amp Per Minute 25.49 25.72 44.35 45.59 19.06

In the gaming test, we played games on the smartphones while they were being charged and the results were similar to the video playback test. However, this time around, the Dash Charge and VOOC technologies were identical in terms of mAh.


The rest of their phones retained their positions from the video playback test with the S7 coming in at last due to the extra pixels it has to push. It would be interesting to see just how well the other phones would’ve done in the video playback and gaming tests had they had 1440p screens as well. Our guess is that, the competition would’ve been a lot more fierce in these two tests had that been the case.

Phone Mi 5 Moto G3 Turbo OnePlus 3 Oppo R7 Plus S7
% Time Time Time Time Time
20 6M 40S 9M 54S 4M 56S 7M 42S 18M 53S
30 7M 45S 13M 23S 5M 2S 7M 2S 18M 11S
40 7M 52S 15M 33S 5M 35S 7M 38S 17M 35S
50 8M 00S 12M 57S 5M 25S 7M 3S 18M 54S
60 9M 36S 12M 41S 6M 24S 7M 30S 17M 39S
70 8M 40S 9M 32S 6M 22S 7M 44S 19M 20S
80 9M 11S 14M 5S 6M 42S 6M 44S 19M 35S
90 11M 14S 21M 28S 6M 52S 9M 49S 19M 27S
100 26M 36S 23M 23M 23S 35M 32S 26M 30S
Total Time 1h 35m 56s 2h 13m 11s 1h 11m 8s 1h 37m 13s 3h 07m 50s
Amp Per Second 0.52 0.3 0.7 0.7 0.26
Amp Per Minute 31.27 18.54 42.17 42.17 15.97

Companies such as OnePlus also boast about the ability of their charging technology and charger to handle the power management which prevents the smartphone from overheating and also manages to keep a pretty constant speed and current supply when charging. So to test, that out, we also checked the temperatures of the smartphones at various intervals and also the time taken between each interval.


In terms of thermal control, the adaptive charging on the S7 was the best all round since it had the lowest average temperatures during the gaming and video tests while the VOOC took the cake on the normal charging test. In terms of overall thermal control, the Dash Charge and VOOC technologies were the next best things.

Phone Mi 5 Moto G3 Turbo OnePlus 3 Oppo R7 Plus S7
Temp Temp Temp Temp Temp
Normal Charging 38.58 36.04 36.06 35.53 35.81
Video Charging 41.2 38.4 38.03 37.98 35.35
Gaming Charging 42.45 41.84 40.07 40.58 38.93

Overall, we were really impressed by both the VOOC and Dash Charge technologies that really offers great charging speeds while managing to keep temperatures in check. Adaptive charging is perhaps the best when it comes to keeping the temperature under control but does tend to take longer to charge but thats due to the phone screen resolution itself rather than a fault of the charging standard.

Also important to note that the Turbo charging from Moto and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 are no slouches and are incredibly fast in their own rights. We’ve come a long way in terms of charging technology in recent years and any one of these would probably do the job for you. But this is where we leave the decision upto you to decide which is the best charging standard  for your use based on the stats that we have provided. Do let us know if you have any further questions in the comments section below.

Praveen, Siraj, Siva and Srivatsan contributed to this article

Author: Sandeep Sarma

Sandeep Sarma is a blogger and a freelance photographer. Apart from gadgets and phones, he also has a passion for movies and cars. He currently uses the S7 Edge as his main phone. Catch him on twitter at @sandeep9sarma