In this guide we’ll share a list of the best fast chargers for your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL and explain the benefits of buying one. Getting the right charger will make a big difference in how fast the Pixel 3 recharges each and every day.
Like most new phones, the Pixel 3 and its wall plug feature a version of fast charging technology. This enables it to recharge faster than older cables and chargers, and do it safely.
In the box, Google gives each owner one USB Power Delivery fast charger and a USB Type-C cable. That’s nice, but you’ll want a few extras. There are multiple brands that offer “fast chargers” and we’ll recommend a few great options below. Some cost as little as $9.99, while others from Google are more expensive but guarantee a safe and fast recharge.
How Quick Charge (Fast Charging) Technology Works
A technology called “Qualcomm Quick Charge” was announced a few years ago, and allows smartphones to recharge super fast. Instead of taking 2-3 hours to recharge, it only takes about 80-100 minutes. In fact, Google’s Pixel 3 can go from 0-50% in just 15-20 minutes using the charger that comes in the box.
When the battery is below 10%, it charges at an incredibly fast rate and gets nearly 50% battery capacity in about 20 minutes. Fast charging will slow to safer levels after 50% capacity to preserve the life of the battery cells. Yes, it still charges fast, just not as fast as at the beginning. This is to prevent battery degradation.
Here’s an old video of how it works, and the process is the same on the Pixel 3, only faster.
Best Fast Chargers for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Basically, don’t use old chargers from a few years ago you find in a drawer or something that was $3.99 at a gas station. Those don’t offer fast speeds or safe charging levels.
Instead, get one with power delivery or quick charge from our slideshow below. You’ll pay a little more, but it ensures the device is charging how it should. You know the Pixel 3 is charging fast when you see a “rapid charging” notification on the bottom of the screen during the recharge process. If you see that, you’re good to go.
Now that you know how fast and convenient this feature is you’ll likely want one for every room of the house, or an extra to take to work. Here are the best ones worth buying.
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