A new technology, exclusive to Oppo phones, marks an entirely new innovation in lithium-ion battery charging speeds. Now, we’ve already heard of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, a technology that “lets phones with the Snapdragon 820 processor recharge from 0 to 80% in about 35 minutes”, but Oppo’s new fast-charging system will hit this out of the park. As Oppo showed off its SuperVOOC Flash Charging device at the Mobile World Congress, many were blown away that the new milestone is under 15 minutes.
Chris Smith of BGR reports, “I still can’t believe a smartphone’s battery (2,500mAh) can be recharged from empty to 100% in under 15 minutes, but now I’ve seen it with my own eyes”. Oppo’s technique involves using either a USB Type-C or MicroUSB interface, and combines a new “low-voltage pulse-charge algorithm” with a proprietary system involving a battery, adapter, cable, and connector customized by Oppo. Even just five minutes of charging time can provide a good 10 hours of talk time out of your smartphone.
How convenient is this? For the average consumer, who is usually running out the door in a rush a few times per day, having the convenience of being able to keep your phone charged, at least enough to be functional, is key to survival. Most manufacturers and firms of mobile electronics have been working on this common goal of battery life. It’s one of those plagues of the smartphone user, and so far, alternatives to plugging into your closest outlet are few and far between (or lame). `
Chris Smith also reported the technology having no interference with the smartphone’s temperature (it stays nice and cool), which is great for the lifespan of the battery. Charges may start and end a bit slower, as during the most sensitive periods of charging demand more attention from the battery. Lastly, if your smartphone battery is larger than the typical 2,500mAh (hello tablet and phablet users), obviously it will require a longer recharge time. Just a few tidbits of food for thought (BGR).
It looks like all exclusively designed Oppo parts are required to set up this super-fast charging experience, and as far as anyone can tell, Oppo smartphones are exclusive to the process as well. It is just a matter of time before other smartphone OEMs add their own setup. But Oppo’s reports are showing impressive results, which signifies a new certainty that smartphone charging will see big improvements soon. Go ahead, bring on your inventions. We will be waiting.
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