Now that the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are official and coming soon, buyers will need cases, accessories and chargers. While they are loaded with fancy features one that many owners need to know about is fast or quick charging. Below is everything you need to know and a collection of the best quick chargers for the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature something called Quick Charge technology thanks to the Qualcomm processor inside. And while they don’t have the latest Quick Charge 4.0 specifications, these phones will still recharge incredible fast. As long as owners have the right charger.
Quick Charge, Turbo Charging or Adaptive Fast Charging are all names manufacturers use. They all mean the same thing. Basically allowing the battery to refill at an extremely fast rate for the first little while, then slowing down to preserve the life of the battery. You’ll want extra Galaxy S8 fast chargers for your bedroom, office, in the car and more. As a result, get some from our list below.
A technology called “Qualcomm Quick Charge” was announced a few years ago, and allows smartphones to recharge faster than ever before. Rather than taking 3 hours to recharge, phones can fill up in around 80-100 minutes. Furthermore, the Galaxy S8 can go from 0-50% in just 15-20 minutes.
Sadly the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ still appear to only have QC2.0 and not the newer Quick Charge 4.0 announced with the Snapdragon 835 processor. They don’t even use QC 3.0 which was available in 2016. While that’s unfortunate, these phones still charge faster than most, and have big batteries inside that should last all day. Not to mention a new USB Type-C port for fast charging, easy cable use, and more.
How Quick Charge Technology Works
When the battery is below 10%, it charges at an incredibly fast rate and gets nearly 50% battery capacity in under 25 minutes. Enough for a night out or to finish a busy work day. After 30 minutes it goes back to regular speeds (but still fast) to preserve the life of the battery. 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 S8 and S8+. It appears they are using the same charger that came with the Galaxy Note 7 or S7 Edge. So we’re not expecting faster speeds.
As you can see, Quick Charge is very fast. The device on the far end got to 50% in the same amount of time a regular old charger delivered only 22% battery life. That’s a huge increase, and something worth using every day. However, users MUST use a Quick Charge 2.0 or 3.0 certified charger to get those speeds. Old or cheap gas station chargers won’t do the trick. And will end up being very slow.
Now that you understand what Quick Charging is on the Galaxy S8 and why it’s important, lets buy some. Below we’ve round up a list of certified chargers that will work great with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. These will ensure the safest and fastest charge possible. You’ll see a notification on the screen that says “Fast Charging” while its plugged in. If you’re using an old cable it won’t give that prompt, and you’ll know it’s charging at slow speeds. Keep that in mind.
It’s possible at some point in the future a software update could enable Quick Charge 4.0 technology, but that’s doubtful. For now, these speeds will have do to. Without further delay, these are the best quick chargers for the Galaxy S8 or S8+ we’d recommend users get today.
Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger (USB Type-C)
Our first and main recommendation would be to simply buy a spare right from Samsung themselves. To be specific, the Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger. This ensures you're getting the perfect charger made exactly for your smartphone. Samsung sells these on its own website, but they're currently on sale at Amazon for only $17. It has the USB Type-C cable too, and we'll update once a Galaxy S8-specific charger is available from Samsung.