The term "rapid charging" is increasingly used to sell a variety of electronic devices. However, this term is widely used in advertisements for cellphones.
Sometimes these materials will mislead you into thinking your smartphone supports fast charging before you realize it doesn't. So what wattage is regarded as speedy charging?
According to PC Mag, Manufacturers of smartphones usually refer to anything above 10 watts as a quick charging rate. However, there is no agreed-upon definition of a rapid charging rate in the business. The number increases as charging speed does.
Due of the heat created when high levels of power are applied to your device, this question commonly arises. Additionally, heat is harmful for batteries, especially lithium-ion ones, which are what the majority of current cellphones use, as you may already be aware of. The goal of fast charging systems is to increase power while generating as little heat as possible.
But may speedy charging damage your device's battery?
Not really, no. This is due to how quickly charging takes place. For batteries that use fast charging, there are two phases of charging. In the initial stage, they take in all the electricity they can. The first phase often starts when the battery capacity is low or empty.
This explains why companies make claims in their smartphone marketing materials about how long it takes their fast charger to charge the battery from empty to a specified level of capacity.
To reduce stress and heat that can affect the battery's lifespan, the charging speeds are reduced down after the battery capacity reaches the stipulated level. This explains why it takes longer to fully recharge your phone but that it charges faster up to a certain percentage.
Additionally, keep in mind that rapid charging might be automatically disabled if the temperature of your phone exceeds a certain level.
Your battery life won't be significantly impacted by quick charging in the end. However, due to the physics of the system, the battery won't last much longer than it would with a typical "slow" charging brick.
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