Google explains why Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro don’t charge at 30W speeds

Google launched the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones last month after teasing them for a long time. The reviews of the smartphones are out now, which pointed out that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro don’t charge at the rated 30W speeds. Following that now, Google has come up with an explanation.

Google says that the peak power drawn from the Pixel 6 is 21W and the peak power drawn from the Pixel 6 Pro is 23W. It charges up to 50% in around 30 minutes and up to 80% in an hour with Google’s 30W USB-C Power Charger. To improve the longevity of the battery, the charging power of these phones is gradually reduced as it reaches close to 100%.

The company further says that it has designed the high-energy density cells to strike a balance between battery life, fast charging, longevity. Since the charge rate depends on multiple factors like usage, system design, battery cell, temperature, the actual power delivered through a full charge cycle on these phones varies over the course of a single charge.

Further, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro may also pause charging above 80% “under certain conditions”, according to Google, and overnight charging kicks in when Adaptive Charging is turned on and Google says all of these are done to help minimize degradation of the battery.

To recall, the Pixel 6 packs a 4614mAh battery, and the Pixel 6 Pro packs a 5000mAh battery.