Charging speeds for phones have gotten pretty good in recent years, but today Oppo may have announced the world’s fastest smartphone power brick.
Building on its predecessor SuperVooc charging technologyOppo’s new 125-watt flash charger promises to charge a 4,000 mAh phone battery to 41% in just five minutes or 100% in just 13 minutes under ideal conditions. Frankly, that’s far more than most people would ever need. In situations where you are on your way to the day and have just noticed that you forgot to charge your phone, Oppo charging technology could be a lifesaver.
However, there are some limitations to the technology. Under normal conditions, where the phone temperature is 40 degrees Celsius or less, charging from 0 to 100% takes about 20 minutes, according to Oppo – which is still extremely fast.
While Oppo says its new 125-watt flash charging adapter is backward compatible with older phones and supports super VOOC and VOOC charging protocols like that Oppo Reno 2Neither VOOC nor Super VOOC are really what you would call industry standards, as this technology is usually only used in Oppo phones.
To achieve these super-fast charging speeds, Oppo supports 20 volt charging at 6.25 amps and uses three charging pumps to achieve an impressive 98% charging efficiency. To prevent the 125-watt flash charge from damaging your phone, Oppo measures 10 additional temperature sensors to prevent overheating while taking measures to protect the fuse from overvoltages.
Although all of this sounds theoretically good, it remains to be seen what effects charging with 125 watts will have on the general health and longevity of a phone’s battery. Super-fast charging speeds are great, but if the battery in your phone lasts only a year or two before it needs to be replaced, it may not be worth it.
However, if you’re interested in faster wireless charging, Oppo also introduced the new AirVooc 65-watt charging pad, which the company claims can charge a phone with a 4,000 mAh battery in just 30 minutes. To reduce the heat generated by the system, Oppo added a semiconductor cooler to the bottom of the pad. And since AirVooc is Qi compatible, it should work with almost every modern wireless charging phone, although it’s unclear whether standard Qi charging phones will achieve the same peak charging speeds of 65 watts.
Oppo’s new charging technology is rounded off by two portable super chargers: a 110-watt mini flash charger and a 50-watt mini SuperVOOC charger. According to Oppo, the latter is the smallest and thinnest power supply of its kind. With a thickness of only 10.5 mm (approx. 0.4 inches), the Mini SuperVOOC charger uses gallium nitride components and a new pulse charging technology to deliver a charger that is both incredibly small and energy efficient.
While Oppo has not yet announced the prices or availability of its new chargers, we can probably make at least a few of them available later this year along with a new line of Oppo phones.