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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 battery and charging speeds: How long does it last?

Samsung's most expensive smartphone doesn't push the battery life or fast charging envelope.
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Published onMarch 7, 2024

For years, Samsung managed to maintain a comfortable lead in the foldable smartphone market. But rival smartphone brands like Google and OPPO have finally started to challenge this dominance. Against this backdrop, Samsung has launched its latest Galaxy Z Fold 5 with a revamped hinge, slimmer design, and faster internals. But to most people, the day-to-day usability of a smartphone matters much more than the exterior. So in this article, let’s analyze the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s charging speeds and find out how long its 4,400mAh battery will last you.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 5 retains the same 4,400mAh battery as the previous generation, meaning it still won't offer the best smartphone battery life. It supports 25W charging via the USB Power Delivery PPS protocol. With the correct charger, we expect the phone to fully charge up within 85 minutes.

If you opt to skip the cable in favor of a wireless charger, the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s battery will take over two hours to fill up. Keep reading to know more.

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Galaxy Z Fold 5 battery life and charging speed

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 unfolded on grid

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 retains the same battery capacity as last year’s Z Fold 4, which translates to a 4,400mAh battery. That’s below-average for a flagship Android smartphone, especially when you consider the large inner display. So unsurprisingly, our Galaxy Z Fold 5 review found that the phone can only barely make it through a full day of use and that’s if you mostly use the smaller cover display. With more generous usage of the inner display, you may have to top-up the battery in the evening.

Similarly, if you were hoping for a revolution in charging speeds, you might have to wait as Samsung has maintained the status quo for yet another generation. If you’re starting with a completely drained Galaxy Z Fold 5, Samsung says that the 25W fast charging will help achieve 50% charge in just 30 minutes. That’s the same as last year’s Galaxy Z Fold 4. Moreover, the phone will stop accepting maximum power at some point in the charging cycle, stretching out the total time to well beyond an hour. Needless to say, we’re disappointed that Samsung hasn’t brought its 45W Super Fast Charging 2.0 spec to its foldable yet.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 still only supports 25W of maximum charging power.

On the bright side, Samsung continues to rely on the open USB Power Delivery PPS protocol for fast charging. Don’t be fooled by the Super Fast Charging moniker as it’s just Samsung’s way of saying USB PD PPS at 25W. If you already own a compatible charger from a different brand, you don’t have to buy another one. As is typically the case in the high-end smartphone market, Samsung doesn’t include an adapter in the box. We’ve rounded up a list of the best chargers for the Galaxy Z Fold 5, but Samsung’s first-party 25W adapter is a good starting point.

In terms of wireless charging, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 supports a maximum of 15W via the Qi standard. Maximum power draw doesn’t mean much for wireless charging, though, as heat will affect how long it will take to top up your device.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 also supports reverse wireless charging at 4.5W. The feature can come in handy if you need to top-up your wireless earbuds or smartwatch, but it’s not practical for regular use.

How long does the Galaxy Z Fold 5 take to charge from 0 to 100?

Galaxy Z Fold 5 gap in hinge resized

Unfortunately, Samsung has opted to leave the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s charging speeds unchanged for yet another year. That translates to an approximate full charge time of 85 minutes but keep in mind that this figure can vary depending on external factors like ambient temperature.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 takes longer to charge than Samsung's own S23 Ultra.

Even though Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra supports faster wired charging at 45W, the South Korean giant seems hesitant to push beyond 25W on the foldable. Our S24 Ultra review found that a full charge at 45W takes just 62 minutes. So why hasn’t Samsung brought its fastest charging to the Galaxy Z Fold series yet? We’re not entirely sure, but it may have something to do with the challenging task of dissipating heat in the foldable’s narrower build.

If you forgo the cable in favor of wireless charging, expect to wait over two hours to fully charge up the Galaxy Z Fold 5. In warmer environments, the total charging time may even approach the three-hour mark. For this reason, we’d recommend looking at wireless chargers with integrated cooling fans for maximum compatibility.

Galaxy Z Fold 5 charging times vs. the competition: How does it hold up?

Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold outer displays

Even though Samsung’s premier foldable offers some cutting-edge technology, its charging setup is decidedly average in the context of the broader smartphone market. And unfortunately for Samsung, the company faces mounting competition even in Western markets from the likes of OnePlus. The only silver lining is that dominant brands like Google and Apple aren’t pushing the fast-charging envelope much either.

The Pixel Fold, for example, doesn’t stray too far from Samsung with its 21W of peak charging power. However, the OnePlus Open charges at a much faster 67W and costs hundreds of dollars lesser than the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Here’s a quick look at how the Galaxy Z Fold 5’s charging setup compares to other smartphones in its class.

SmartphoneBattery capacityMaximum charging powerCharging time (approximate)
Smartphone
Galaxy Z Fold 5
Battery capacity
4,400 mAh
Maximum charging power
25W
Charging time (approximate)
85 min
Smartphone
OnePlus Open
Battery capacity
4,805 mAh
Maximum charging power
67W
Charging time (approximate)
40 mins
Smartphone
Google Pixel Fold
Battery capacity
4,800 mAh
Maximum charging power
21W
Charging time (approximate)
90 mins
Smartphone
Oppo Find N2
Battery capacity
4,500 mAh
Maximum charging power
67W SuperVOOC
Charging time (approximate)
40 mins
Smartphone
Motorola Razr Plus
Battery capacity
3,800 mAh
Maximum charging power
30W
Charging time (approximate)
80 mins
Smartphone
OnePlus 11
Battery capacity
5,000 mAh
Maximum charging power
80W
Charging time (approximate)
30 mins

Looking at the above table, it’s clear that Samsung’s top-of-the-line foldable could use a small bump in the charging department. The company’s own Galaxy S24 Plus can handle up to 45W, after all, which can fully charge up the battery within an hour. But overall, it’s a small nitpick in an otherwise stellar hardware package.

As for battery life, Samsung still maintains a small lead. Even though the Pixel Fold houses a larger 4,800mAh battery, its Tensor G2 SoC tends to drain the battery significantly more than the latest Snapdragon chip found in the Galaxy Z Fold 5. To that end, you can expect similar runtimes between the two phones if not a bit better on the Samsung foldable.