Hey OnePlus, this isn’t how you do charging in 2023
OnePlus and charging are like peanut butter and jelly — they just feel right together. From distinctive red cables to fancy names like Warp Charge and SuperVOOC, it’s hard to have one without the other. Even budget-friendly Nord devices get faster charging speeds than rivals from Google, Apple, and Samsung. Of course, those high standards also mean that any time OnePlus puts a charging foot out of line, it’s going to raise some eyebrows. Well, consider our eyebrows up because the OnePlus 11 charging strategy makes no sense right now.
There’s a charger, but…
We’ll give OnePlus some credit for continuing to include a charger with its devices long after other brands have let it go out to pasture with the headphone jack. Sometimes, it’s a pretty good charger, too — I still carry the 160W USB-C block that came with the OnePlus 10T everywhere I go. So, it wasn’t a surprise to find a charger bundled with the OnePlus 11, but what was surprising was the connection type. USB-A. In 2023. Complete with a USB-A to USB-C cable.
OnePlus did, of course, offer an explanation for its decision, though one that makes less sense the longer you think about it. As explained to us, the OnePlus 11 comes with a USB-A to USB-C cable and a USB-A charger because if you’re at a hotel and forget your charger, the built-in outlets are more likely to have USB-A connections than USB-C. Sure, it means that you’ll be able to charge your phone in a pinch, but it ignores the fact that a standard USB-A port won’t have the hardware to support 80W (or 100W) charging on your OnePlus 11. You’d still need your included block for fast charging, no matter the outlet type.
The explanation makes even less sense when you look at the chargers from the last few OnePlus launches. USB-C has been the standard — at least on a flagship level — as far back as the OnePlus 8T. Why would the need for a USB-A port at a hotel only become an important explanation now? OnePlus even offered a deep dive into the OnePlus 10T’s charging capabilities, touting its Power Delivery support and universal 150W charging speed while presumably having this about-face already planned out.
Where did wireless charging go?
While we’re on the topic of confusing u-turns, you won’t find the OnePlus 11 among the best wireless charging phones anymore. That feature’s gone too. Admittedly, OnePlus wasn’t the fastest to adopt wireless charging. It didn’t make an appearance until 2020 when it landed on the OnePlus 8 Pro along with a USB-C charger. Wireless charging then spread to the entire OnePlus 9 series before picking up speed — literally — on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Now, it’s gone. It technically followed the alert slider out the door on the OnePlus 10T, but, unlike the slider, wireless charging hasn’t come back.
If OnePlus had simply never installed wireless charging, we’d probably be questioning why not, but it’s altogether stranger to offer it and then remove it from later flagship generations. The brand offered an explanation shortly after the USB-A and hotel excuse, saying that the team at OnePlus felt that its wired charging speeds were fast enough that most people wouldn’t miss wireless charging. It makes sense, to an extent, as the OnePlus 11 can charge in a few blinks of an eye, but it ignores other features that consumers have come to rely on, like reverse wireless charging or the convenience of setting your phone on a charging pad in your car.
OnePlus felt fast wired charging means users won’t miss slow wireless, but it forget the convenience.
Even stranger, the new OnePlus Buds 2 Pro, which launched alongside the OnePlus 11, do support wireless charging. They offer solid battery life, but if they run out and you’re away from the charger and an outlet, you’re out of luck. At least, out of luck if you have the OnePlus 11. Instead, you’d either have to have a second phone, which serves as your dedicated power bank, or carry a charger and cable with you at all times and hope for a nearby outlet.
Speed isn’t everything
So we’re totally clear, OnePlus and charging speeds are still peanut butter and jelly. The OnePlus 11 breezes back to a full cell and barely breaks a sweat. However, there’s more to a good, reliable USB setup than just charging.
USB standards also set the tone for data transfer, and the OnePlus 11 is still equipped with USB 2.0, which was established back in 2000. The dated standard means that the OnePlus 11 (like every OnePlus flagship before it) can only transfer data at up to 480Mbps, while rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with USB 3.2 can transfer files 10 times faster. No, you might not notice if you’re just sending a few photos to your laptop, but 8K video files will leave you waiting quite a bit longer.
Also, while your hotel room might (emphasis on might) have a USB-A port, there’s no guarantee that your laptop will. Apple led the charge in stripping away everything but the USB-C ports from its MacBook lineup, and several Windows players followed suit. Sure, the MacBook Pro has reclaimed a few of its lost ports, but rivals like the Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre x360 haven’t been as quick to turn around. You’ll either have to carry around another USB-C cable to swap files back and forth or be content to transfer everything through the Cloud.
If you just want the OnePlus 11 for its raw charging speed, more power to you (literally). It sprints back to a full charge and asks you to ignore its other charging quirks and USB shortcomings. It ignores its recent past and tries to go back to industry standards that are no longer the standard. No matter the number of excuses that OnePlus offers, there’s just no good way to make sense of its current approach to charging.
What do you think? Is charging speed good enough, or should brands be relying on well-rounded features instead? Let us know in the poll below.
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Realme 30W Dart Charge Power Bank (10,000mAh) review
The Realme 30W Dart Charge Power Bank is an easy recommendation from our side for anyone who owns a compatible device. It comes with two-way fast charging and support for multiple quick charge protocol support. The power bank is also compatible with multiple smartphones apart from Realme.
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Realme has been one of the only companies to bring fast charging technology from its flagship devices to budget devices. It currently has fast charging tech from 20W to 65W speeds and soon the company will have a smartphone with 125W charging tech. With mobile charging speeds reaching new heights, the capabilities had been reserved for wall adapters only. The Realme 30W Dart Charge power bank changes that.
Most power banks top out at 10W of output, with a few touching 18W. Oppo had a 20W power bank but it was limited to its home country. The Realme power bank is thus one of the only real fast charging power banks currently available. It comes to India soon after its launch in China.
The best part is that all of these features are not limited to Realme devices, and also extend to smartphones from Oppo and OnePlus (they function over the same charging standards). With support for USB Power Delivery as well, it can also charge new laptops such as the MacBook Pro, apart from any other device that charges over USB.
Realme 30W Dart Charge 10000mAh power bank price and release date in India
Realme’s third power bank in India, the 30W Dart Charge 10000mAh power bank is priced at Rs 1,999. It was launched in India in June 2020 along with the affordable Realme C11 smartphone. The power bank is available on Flipkart as well as Realme’s e-store. It is available in two colour options: Black and Yellow.
Design is one aspect where the previous two Realme power banks stood out, especially the bright yellow colour which pops and attracts people. The power bank itself weighs 230 grams and is 17mm thick. You get curved edges on both sides with a carbon texture design that is pretty unique for a power bank. The power bank comes with a skin pre-installed. The carbon fibre design makes the power bank smooth to hold and so, you won’t get a very solid grip and in-hand feel, it can easily slip away from your hands often.
On one side, you get Realme branding written in huge font and on the other side, there is ‘Dart’ branding. Towards the top, there is a USB Type-A output port, a Type-C port, four LED indicators, and a button. At the bottom, there is a plain surface and the power bank can be kept flat on a surface. Overall, the power bank is portable, comfortable and easy to carry around. And, yes, it’s easily able.
If you are a kind of person who takes calls while charging your phone using the power bank with the same hand, the carbon fibre texture will give you a good grip to hold and helps you keep your phone and power bank in the right place.
The Realme Dart power bank 30W comes with a capacity of 10,000mAh. The battery is built with Lithium-ion polymer. You get dual output ports. USB-A and USB-C. For charging the power bank, you should use the Type-C port. Realme says the power bank comes with 15-layer charging protection including 1 layer of circuit protection to keep the thermals under check and prevent overheating and charging. In the box, you get a short Type-A to Type-C port.
First, let’s talk about the power bank charging speed. The 30W Dart power bank takes 90-100 minutes to charge from 0 to full, which is quite impressive and unseen till date on a power bank. To achieve this changing speed, you will have to use the provided cable or any Type-C cable that is capable of charging at 30W speed.
The USB Type-C port supports a maximum output of 30W. The single-port changing is also maxed out at 30W. For dual-port output, you get the max simultaneous output is 25W with both Type-C and Type-A ports. To check the battery capacity of the power bank, you will have to rely on the LED indicator which lights up when you click on the button.
Battery over-voltage protection
Output over-voltage/current protection
Input surge protection protection
Electromagnetic field protection
Input under-voltage and over-voltage protection
Output short circuit protection
Battery overcharge and discharge protection
Phone connection status protection
Apart from Realme’s Dart fast charging technology, the power bank also supports multiple fast-charging protocols such as OnePlus’s Warp, Oppo’s VOOC, USB Power Delivery, Quick Charge, Adaptive Fast Charging protocols. You can check the list of compatible devices in the next section.
As far as my experience goes, I used the power bank for over two weeks with multiple devices like the OnePlus Nord, OnePlus 6/6T, Realme 5 Pro, and accessories like headphones and a smartwatch. Primarily, I used it with my OnePlus Nord and the rest of them were used for testing purposes. The OnePlus Nord, which packs in 4,115mAh battery, could go from 10% to 100% in just 70 minutes with the Realme 30W power bank, which is similar to the adapter’s charging speed. When the data and Wi-Fi connection is turned off, I could charge the OnePlus Nord from 10-100% in just 59 minutes.
The OnePlus 6 with 3,300 took around 90 minutes to reach 100% from 10% using the power bank and the OnePlus 6T took around 80 minutes to completely charge from 10%, the OnePlus 6T packs in a slightly larger 3,700mAh battery. Also, these two devices support only 20W max output and so this timing is pretty much acceptable here, as the difference is only 10 minutes compared to the regular adapter charging time.
Similarly, the Realme 5 Pro, with a 4,035mAh battery, took around 80 minutes to charge from 10-100%. The device also supports the max speed of 20W only. And, the charging speed is pretty much the same as the conventional charge.
With the Realme 30W Dart power bank, Realme brings the first low voltage and high current power bank, and isn’t even expensive. This is an industry-first and the pricing is pretty sweet. For those who like to charge the device on the go while travelling (except 2020), this can be an ideal device to carry. This also eliminates the need to look out for a power outlet in public places or having to put up your device to charge slowly with other power banks.
The Realme 30W Dart power bank makes life easier with two-way fast charging, Type-C port, and a wide range of compatible devices. However, one feature I wish the Realme power bank had was pass-through charging, allowing to charge a device while the power bank is charging at the same time. But, considering the big picture, which is the speed and convenience, this is barely a deal-breaker. You can charge the power bank to 50% in just about 40 minutes, which itself is sufficient to charge most phones at least once.
The Realme 30W Dart power bank is compatible with multiple devices. However, Realme’s official support pages have listed the following devices. Realme devices compatible with the power bank include Realme X, Realme 3 Pro, Realme X2 Pro, Realme 5 Pro, Realme XT, Realme X50 Pro. These devices support 20W fast charging. Realme devices supporting 30W fast charging includes Realme X2, Realme 6, Realme 6 Pro, and Realme X3 series.
The OnePlus 8 series, OnePlus 7 series, OnePlus 7T series are compatible with 30W Warp charging and the rest of the OnePlus devices are compatible with 20W fast charging. Oppo F15, Oppo F11 Pro, Oppo Reno 2, Oppo Reno 2 Z support 20W and Oppo Reno 3 Pro supports 30W fast charging.
Apart from the above-mentioned devices, the power bank also supports a max output of 18W via USB Type-A port and 30W max output via Type-C port using USB power delivery protocol. It can also charge TWS, headphones, wearables, and laptops with USB PD support, many more devices.
At the price of Rs 1,999, the Realme Dart Charge power bank will not win any prizes for its capacity. However, its charging speeds are currently unparalleled, even without considering the price. If you use a supported device, it’s a no-brainer.
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What Is Fast Charging?
It seems like every new phone promises faster charging, but what do the different standards mean, and are they equally speedy? We break it all down for you.
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Being able to quickly charge your phone or tablet can mean the difference between hours of care-free use or scrambling to find the nearest coffee shop for a power outlet. Fast charging is an increasingly popular feature that allows you to power up your device in just a fraction of the time it takes to do it the old-fashioned way. But not all products use the same type of fast charging—and not all chargers support the various standards. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you’re getting the fastest charge possible.
How Does Fast Charging Work?
The output of a charge is measured in amperage and voltage. Amperage (or current) is the amount of electricity flowing from the battery to the connected device, while voltage is the strength of the electric current. Multiplying volts by amps gives you wattage, the measure of total power.
To make a device charge faster, most manufacturers either boost the amperage or vary the voltage in order to increase the amount of potential energy. The majority of fast charging standards typically vary the voltage rather than boost the amperage.
Standard USB 3.0 ports (Opens in a new window) output at a level of 5V/1A for smaller devices like wearables. Most phones and other devices are capable of handling 5V/2.4A. For fast charging, manufacturers bump the voltage up from 5V to 9V or 12V and beyond, or increase amperage to 3A and above. The introduction of USB-C helps accomplish this with support for up to 100W and 20V, which makes faster charging speeds possible.
Keep in mind, your device will only take in as much power as its charging circuit is designed to. For fast charging to work, you need a phone or other device with a charging circuit capable of using one of the fast charging standards, and an adapter and cable enabled for that same standard.
Which Charger Is Best for Fast Charging?
There are many different fast charging standards out there. The best one for your device depends on the type of phone you have, the standard it supports, and the charger you use. Read on to understand which type of standard and charger you need for your phone:
Apple Fast Charging
Starting with the iPhone 8, all of Apple’s phones support fast charging (Opens in a new window). If you’re using an older iPhone power adapter, which most iPhone owners tend to have sitting around, you’re only getting 5W of power and not taking advantage of the newer device’s full capability.
Apple uses USB Power Delivery for fast charging, and claims you’ll see a 50% increase in battery life in just 30 minutes. In order to get these speeds, however, you need to use at least an 18W adapter with a USB-C-to-Lightning cable. A more powerful adapter won’t harm your phone, but it’s unlikely to be any faster. We reached out to Apple to determine the most powerful adapter its iPhone lineup will support, but a representative for the company said it doesn’t disclose maximum charging specifications. However, the company does sell a 96W USB-C Power Adapter for its laptops, but most tests indicate that even with that charger iPhone 13 models charge at a maximum of 20W (though again, Apple hasn’t confirmed that).
That said, you can’t go wrong with any of the options in our story on the best fast iPhone chargers, which are linked below:
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MediaTek Pump Express
Certain MediaTek-powered phones use the company’s Pump Express (Opens in a new window) standard, which comes in different versions on different devices.
Pump Express 2.0 is primarily for MediaTek’s low-end chipsets, and works with micro USB and USB-C charging ports. Charging maxes out at 15W by using 5V to 20V variable voltage in conjunction with 3A or 4.5A of current.
Pump Express 3.0 and Pump Express 4.0 are similar. Both rely on 5A of current and use USB Power Delivery 3.0. The difference is that Pump Express 4.0 also supports its own proprietary wireless charging technology, as well as Qi wireless charging at 5W.
MediaTek claims Pump Express 2.0 should charge a depleted battery to 70% within 30 minutes, while Pump Express 3.0 and 4.0 should cut that time in half. While these are indeed fast estimates, we didn’t quite see these results bear our when testing Pump Express 3.0. On average, we saw closer to a 55% charge over 15 minutes, which is still nothing to sneeze at.
Motorola Rapid Charging and TurboPower
Motorola uses two different proprietary fast charging standards, Rapid Charging and TurboPower. For the most part, the company’s older phones (2021 and older) use Rapid Charging, which offers 10W charging via micro USB or USB-C. It offers a slight boost over basic 5W charging, but don’t expect to see super-fast charging times.
OnePlus Dash Charge and Warp Charge
OnePlus uses a technology called Warp Charge, which is licensed from and works the same as Oppo’s Vooc. It bumps up the power output to as much as 65W in the OnePlus 10 Pro with Warp Charge. With that speed, you can get a full charge in just under 40 minutes. Wired charging is delivered via a 5V/6A adapter and proprietary USB-C cable. Delivering 30W wireless charging speeds is more of a challenge, as it would create an extraordinary amount of heat using the standard 5V/6A formula. Instead, OnePlus delivers 20V at just 1.5A, since voltage creates far less heat.
Older OnePlus phones use Dash Charge, which supported up to 20W charging. If you own a OnePlus 8 or newer, your device comes with Warp Charge and its vastly improved speeds.
Oppo SuperVooc Flash Charge
Vooc (Opens in a new window) is Oppo’s proprietary fast charging standard. The company has long been a leader in fast charging technology, and it currently holds the record for the fastest charging speed with 240W SuperVooc technology that can fully charge a 4,500mAh battery in just nine minutes. In addition, Oppo is the first major manufacturer to use gallium nitride (GaN) batteries in its phones for better performance and reliability.
Oppo’s widely available SuperVooc comes in several different flavors (the 240W charger isn’t on sale yet). The fastest is SuperVooc Flash Charge, which uses 10V and 6.5A to charge its phones at 65W. SuperVooc 2.0 features an impressive 65W maximum charge by combining 10V of electrical force and 5A of power as well, but its charging times are a bit slower. Vooc 4.0, which was introduced in 2020, is the slowest of the bunch, with a maximum charging speed of 30W at 5V/6A.
In order to achieve such high speeds, Oppo phones require both a special USB-C cable and adapter.
Qualcomm Quick Charge
The most common fast charging standard is Qualcomm’s Quick Charge (Opens in a new window) thanks to the widespread nature of the company’s chipsets within devices such as phones. That said, many of the phones that support newer Quick Charge standards aren’t sold in the US.
Quick Charge 3.0 is one of the most common fast charging protocols used in midrange devices, and Quick Charge 3 brings similar speeds to midrange phones with some Qualcomm Snapdragon 700-series chipsets. Quick Charge 4 is the current global gold standard for flagships that don’t use proprietary fast charging technologies. Each standard is backward compatible with the previous one, so older cables and adapters will still work.
Quick Charge 3.0 dynamically boosts voltage from 3.2V to 20V, though peak power for both standards is 18W. That means, theoretically, phones with a 3,500mAh to 4,500mAh battery can gain about 80% charge in just 35 minutes when the battery is depleted. Quick Charge 3 brings similar charging speeds to less-expensive chipsets.
Quick Charge 4 narrows the voltage range while pumping up the amperage. It offers 5V at between 4.7A to 5.6A, or 9V at 3A. Quick Charge 4 devices use USB-C ports and are compliant with USB Power Delivery. They also have a second power management chip, allowing up to 28W of power without overheating.
Qualcomm also has Quick Charge 5. It supports Rapid charging at 100W and can completely recharge a 4,500mAh battery in just 15 minutes. It was initially supported on Snapdragon 865 chipsets and several newer premium Qualcomm processors.