Google Pixel 6 seems to fall wanting anticipated 30W charging speeds


When Google launched the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional, it boasted in regards to the gadgets’ fast-charging capabilities. Plugging a Pixel 6 sequence gadget into its $25 30W Fast Charger — which isn’t even included within the field — is meant to take full benefit of the cellphone’s quick charging velocity, juicing it as much as 50 p.c in simply half-hour. All of us can agree that that is a formidable spec, however sadly, it is probably not completely sensible.

Android Authority put the Pixel 6’s quick charging velocity to the check, and its findings recommend that Google’s spec sheet is deceptive. After attempting out the 30W charger with the Pixel 6, Android Authority discovered that the Pixel 6 doesn’t absolutely harness the facility of the charger — as an alternative, it solely hits a most charging velocity of simply 22W.

Android Authority notes that the charger took about 111 minutes to totally cost the Pixel 6 Professional’s 5,000mAh battery with its Adaptive Charging and Adaptive Battery settings switched off. Google is true; the gadget takes about 31 minutes for a 50 p.c cost, nevertheless, filling up that closing 50 p.c takes for much longer.

The cellphone’s charging velocity seems to dip all the best way to 12W at 75 p.c, after which 2.5W when the battery will get near full, taking an entire hour to refill the ultimate 15 p.c. Whereas it’s regular for charging speeds to taper off over time to stop harm to the battery and stave off excessive temperatures, dropping all the way down to a mere 2.5W remains to be uncommon.

Android Authority even in contrast the charging speeds of the 30W Quick Charger with the 18W Energy Supply unit that Google included with older Pixels. It discovered that the 30W charger barely provides any enchancment by way of velocity, because it takes 121 minutes to cost the Pixel 6 Professional with the 18W charger — solely 10 minutes slower than the 30W Quick Charger.

This corroborates what we seen throughout our hands-on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional overview. We identified that whereas each assist quick charging, neither appeared to gas up that quick. Additionally according to Android Authority’s findings, we famous that Google throttles the charging velocity after reaching 80 p.c.

Google doesn’t explicitly say that the Pixel 6 has a charging price of 30W; it simply says that each telephones assist “as much as 50 p.c cost in half-hour with Google 30W USB-C Charger with USB-PD 3.0 (PPS)” on its spec sheets.

Nevertheless it nonetheless doesn’t make sense that Google would promote the Quick Charger if the Pixel 6 can’t take full benefit of it. To not point out that Google is encouraging customers to purchase the charger underneath the guise that it actually does present lightning-fast charging charges — is 10 minutes actually value an additional $25?

Google can also be set to launch a second-gen $79 Google Pixel Stand quick wi-fi charger someday within the close to future. The “superfast wireless charger” is listed as offering charging speeds of as much as 23W “for appropriate Pixel telephones,” which is nearer to the 22W charging price that the Pixel 6 and 6 Professional tops out at. It stays unclear why Google would give extra sensible expectations for the upcoming wi-fi charger, and never for the 30W Quick Charger. We reached out to Google with a request for touch upon the scenario and didn’t instantly hear again.

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