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Samsung talks up Note 5 / S6 Edge+ charging features

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones come with much faster charging but just how quick are they? Samsung explains all...

Published onAugust 26, 2015

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year were the world’s first handsets to be compatible with two wireless charging standards and also came with fast charging built in, with the latter letting you charge your phone battery quickly and easily.

[related_videos title=”Samsung Galaxy Note 5 / S6 Edge+ in video:” align=”right” type=”custom” videos=”634297,634296,634295,634294,634226,634225″]In the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung sought to improve the experience and at the launch, it revealed that its two new handsets came with faster wireless charging and wired charging. It wasn’t clear just how much faster they were, however and in a blog post today, the Korean manufacturer has revealed more details about the improved charging in its new smartphones.

Both smartphones feature 3000 mAh batteries, which is 450 and 400 mAh larger than the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge respectively. Despite the significant increase, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ can charge to full in just five minutes more than the Galaxy S6 Edge. By way of comparison, if the S6 Edge+ battery was the same size as the S6 Edge, it would take approximately 78 minutes, which is 7 minutes faster than the current S6 Edge charging speeds; it may not seem that much faster but it works out to be 9 percent faster, which is certainly a welcome improvement.

Samsung has achieved these improvements using Adaptive Fast Charging (AFC), which lets the charger communicate with the smartphone and when the charger recognises a device is compatible with AFC, it ramps up the voltage and delivers faster charging. As Samsung wrote in its blog post:

Not only is the charger discharging more power at a faster speed, the device battery receives the power properly and stores it cell by cell, to further accelerate the battery charging.

The charging improvements in the new smartphones are not just limited to the wired charger as Samsung has also introduced a new much faster wireless charging pad. Using the new charging pad, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ can charge to full in just 2 hours, which is much faster than the S6 Edge, which takes three hours to charge to full with a wireless charging. If the Galaxy S6 Edge+ had the same battery size as the S6 Edge, it would take just 104 minutes to charge to full wirelessly, which is approximately 43 percent faster than the current S6 Edge wireless charging speeds.

What do you think of Samsung’s improvements in the charging speeds and do you use fast charging / wireless charging? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

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