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Weekly poll results: fast charging is well loved, moreso when it’s standards-compliant

Last week’s poll shows that money spent on fast charging R&D was a great investment by smartphone makers. The new batch of battery and charging technologies that will breach the 100W barrier has many fans excited.

With a 60% positive vote, support for fast charging is strong. However, the supporters are split almost evenly into two groups – ones that want a standards-compliant charger and ones that value speed above all else.

There is a vocal minority that opposes such technologies on the basis that they degrade the battery and reduce its capacity over time. Well, actually not that minor – 1 in 4 agree fall in this group.

This ties into the poll from a couple of weeks ago. Most people now expect to keep their phone for 3 years so battery degradation is certainly a worry. A large battery and an overnight charge with a slow wired or a wireless charger is good enough for a quarter of voters.

That said, wireless charging, be it fast or slow, doesn’t seem particularly popular, even though it’s quite common on phones these days.

Weekly poll results: fast charging is great, even better when it's standards-compliant

Smartphone makers may want to add charging controls on their phones, similar to what Asus did with the ROG Phone 3 – it comes with a 30W charger, but you can limit it to 10W and cap the maximum charge at 80% or 90%. This way you can spare your battery but you always have the option for a rapid top-up when you really need it.


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