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125W charging is coming this week, should top up your phone in 15 minutes

65W fast charging not fast enough? Here comes 125W charging.

Published onJuly 13, 2020

  • OPPO will debut its 125W fast charging tech this week.
  • It should be able to charge a phone to 100% capacity in 15 minutes.
  • Oppo’s sister brand vivo is also planning to debut 120W charging soon.

Oppo’s 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging tech is currently the fastest in the market. It can top up a 4,000mAh battery in just 30 minutes.

If that wasn’t fast enough for you, the company has all but confirmed that it will launch its insanely fast 125W fast charging solution on July 15. Oppo posted a teaser for the upcoming rapid charging tech on Twitter. Check it out below.

If you don’t like waiting to charge, the wait is almost over. 👀 #FlashForward
— OPPO (@oppo) July 13, 2020

We don’t expect OPPO to announce a new smartphone featuring 125W fast charging on July 15. However, we might get a timeline as to when the tech will release commercially. More importantly, we’ll finally see how the company plans to implement the solution on new phones.

For what it’s worth, vivo, OPPO’s sister brand, has also announced an upcoming 120W fast charging solution for its Iqoo range of phones. According to vivo, it will soon launch an Iqoo-branded phone with the new charging tech. The company claims that the device is capable of reaching a 50% charge in just five minutes and 100% in 15 minutes. That’s likely the same for OPPO’s upcoming 125W charging, although it could be slightly faster.

How fast is too fast?

While 100W and above fast charging speeds might sound great, they could have their disadvantages. Earlier in the year, Xiaomi listed several technical difficulties with 100W fast charging, such as major battery degradation over time, safety, and more.

Related: How fast charging really works

In fact, when OPPO tested the 4,000mAh battery of the Reno Ace 2 with 65W fast charging, it found that the battery capacity dropped to 91% after 800 cycles of charging. While that’s not bad at all, ramping up the charging speeds to 100W and above might also hasten that battery degradation.

Nevertheless, we hope manufacturers like OPPO and vivo work out all these problems before bringing their fast charging solutions to the market. We’ll keep you updated as and when we know more about their plans.

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