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What is Samsung Super Fast Charging?

Confused between Samsung’s Adaptive and Super Fast Charging? Here’s what you need to know.
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September 10, 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus fast charging
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Samsung’s smartphones have all supported fast charging for a while now, but the company is now bringing Super Fast Charging technology to more and more devices. You’ll find the feature present on flagship devices like the Galaxy S22 series as well as mid-range models like the Galaxy A53. The question is, how does it perform? Moreover, is Samsung’s 45W Super Fast charger worth paying for if you already have an older adapter lying around?

Read more: How fast charging really works

What is Samsung Super Fast Charging?

Samsung Galaxy S22 charger
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The Galaxy S10 5G from 2019 was Samsung’s first smartphone to offer Super Fast Charging, with support for up to 25W of power. The company one-upped itself a few months later with the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, which debuted with even faster 45W charging. Somewhat confusingly, however, Samsung used the Super Fast Charging label for both 25W and 45W charging. That tradition continues to this day.

Samsung Super Fast Charging guarantees 25W of peak charging power, with potential to go beyond.

In a nutshell, Samsung Super Fast Charging guarantees a minimum charging power of 25W. On select devices like the Galaxy S22 Plus and S22 Ultra, that figure jumps up to 45W. Keep in mind that you’ll need a 45W-capable adapter to take advantage of the latter.

Super Fast Charging replaced Samsung’s older Adaptive Fast Charging technology, which offered a maximum output of 18W.

See also: The best Samsung Galaxy S22 chargers you can buy

Is Samsung 45W Super Fast Charging better than 25W?

Samsung 45W Travel Adapter top
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While 45W charging may seem like a big upgrade over 25W, the difference isn’t very profound in the real world. Batteries can only accept maximum power for a brief period of time, right at the start of the charging process. Samsung has also opted to be more conservative than other manufacturers, at least on its current crop of smartphones. Our testing revealed that the Galaxy S22 Ultra pulls just 30W of power most of the time. That isn’t too far off from the 25W adapter’s capabilities.

Regardless of which Samsung Super Fast Charging variant you opt for then, you can expect your smartphone to be fully charged in just over an hour. Using a 45W adapter will shave roughly seven minutes off a full charge on a Galaxy S22 Ultra, versus a 25W adapter.

Our testing: The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 45W charging is barely faster than 25W

However, Samsung limits many of its mid-range (and even high-end) devices to 25W. On a device like the Galaxy A53 with its large 5,000mAh battery, this results in a charging time of just under 80 minutes. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4 also get relegated to 25W charging, despite their premium positioning in Samsung’s lineup.

How does Samsung’s fast charging fare against other standards?

Samsung Super Fast Charging text on screen
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Samsung’s 45W (and even 25W) charging is an upgrade over older tech, but it’s not the fastest today. That said, Samsung has one key advantage over the competition — it’s built upon the universal USB Power Delivery standard. This means you can use the same adapter to fast charge your smartphone, laptop, and tablet — even if they’re all made by different manufacturers.

In fact, Samsung’s Super Fast Charging is based on the newer USB PD Programmable Power Supply (PPS) standard. In a nutshell, PPS enables your device to communicate and negotiate the optimal power output with the adapter in real time. The only downside is that you need to use an adapter with USB PD PPS support — a standard USB PD charger will be capped at 18W.

See also: How to pick the right smartphone charger

In case you’re wondering how Samsung stacks up against the competition, Oppo’s SuperVOOC and Xiaomi’s HyperCharge technologies can both achieve upwards of 100W already. However, these are proprietary standards that require you to use manufacturer-specific adapters.

Samsung’s charging technology is far more conservative compared to these standards. This strategy minimizes heat output while charging and prevents battery degradation in the long term.

Still, you can use any USB PD PPS charger to achieve Super Fast Charging on your Samsung smartphone — a big selling point. This is the same standard used by many other gadgets, including recent Google Pixel and Motorola smartphones as well as the Macbook Air.

Our take: Proprietary USB-C fast charging was once a necessary evil, now it’s just evil