If you’re one of the millions of users that went out and bought a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, one feature you should know about and use daily is the new “fast charge” or quick charging technology inside. While many of owners are frustrated by the lack of a micro-SD slot or removable battery, you won’t need the latter one with Samsung’s new Adaptive Fast Charging.
Similar to Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology found inside the Nexus 6, HTC One M9 and others (video below shows you more) the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature fast charging. Basically allowing the battery to turbo charge at an extremely quick pace when it’s nearly depleted. Samsung promises 4 hours of battery life after just 10 minutes on the wall charger. Awesome, right?
Fast or quick charging is the latest in battery technology, simply because battery capacity tech isn’t going anywhere. This is the best thing available at the moment, and below we’ll go over five awesome chargers that use adaptive, turbo, or quick charging technology to get your Galaxy S6 battery charged up as quickly and safely as possible.
Over the past few years Qualcomm and its Snapdragon processors powering most smartphones have featured Quick Charge 1.0 technology, allowing phones to charge nearly 40% faster than older devices. The Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, One M9, Nexus 6, and countless others (like the DROID Turbo) all feature an even faster Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology.
Essentially when the battery is below 10%, it charges at an incredibly fast rate and gets you nearly to 50% battery capacity in under 30 minutes. This is typically enough for the rest of a busy work day, or to get you through a night out on the town. It’s an amazing technology, and the best thing we currently have to call an advancement in battery options for smartphones. After 30 minutes it slowly goes back to regular speeds to preserve the life of the battery, and still get you fully charged. Below is a preview of what quick charging does, shown by Qualcomm on the Nexus 6, which works nearly identical to Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
As you can see, using a regular charger found at a gas station, or from an old device you pulled out of a box or closet, the Nexus charges extremely slow. The way a phone would in 2012 or so. However, the device on the far end got to 50% in the same amount of time a regular charger delivered only 22% battery life. That’s a huge increase, and something worth using. The power is in the wall-wart that you plug into the socket, then any regular USB cord will work.
On our own Galaxy S6 we plugged it on at 5% and after only 5 minutes it was at 15%, then after 15 minutes on the wall it was at 33%, and after only a half an hour we had 63% battery life. That’s more than enough to finish the rest of a night out. in 50 minutes it was nearly full, and in just over an hour it was 100% fully juiced up ready to go. This is way faster than old devices that took over three hours to charge much smaller batteries.
This is one of the best new features for smartphones in a long time, one that many don’t know about. Thankfully the Galaxy S6 has a Samsung “Adaptive fast charger” in the box, but if you’re like us and want an extra for other rooms in the house, below are five excellent options to buy.