Tested: OnePlus 5T Is the Fastest-Charging Smartphone

You just realized that your phone is low on juice, and panic sets in. How much charge can you get in a limited amount of time? We tested 10 of the top flagship phones and found that the OnePlus 5T is the fastest in the land.

Update Dec. 4: We've added information on the battery capacity and battery life for each phone in order to provide context.

iPhones tested with optional 29-watt adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable.iPhones tested with optional 29-watt adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable.The good news is that most of the premium Android phones these days offer some form of quick charging via their USB-C adapters. In the case of the latest iPhones, you can get fast charging, but only if you pay extra for both a 29-watt power adapter and a USB-C-to-Lightning cable (about $68 total). Yes, I'm serious.

For our first round of testing, we wanted to find what battery percentage these phones could reach in 30 minutes of charging with their included adapters. The phones were on, but the screens were turned off. With the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, we used both the standard AC plug and the fast-charging gear to bring you both sets of results.

The OnePlus 5T led the pack, reaching an impressive 59 percent in 30 minutes. The advantage for the OnePlus? Unlike most other Android phones, it doesn't use Qualcomm's QuickCharge technology. Instead, it employs the proprietary Dash Charge, which delivers higher amperage than QuickCharge and uses dedicated circuitry in the charger itself for heat management. (Android Central has a great explainer on how Dash Charge works.)

The next-best phone in the first round of our testing was the LG V30, at 53 percent. The iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were all close behind, at 50 percent, 49 percent and 47 percent, respectively, when we used the fast-charging gear Apple sells separately.

Flagship Phone Battery Capacity and Battery Life Compared


Battery Capacity
Battery Life*
Google Pixel 2 XL3,520 mAh12:09
Galaxy S8+3,500 mAh11:04
Galaxy Note 8
3,300 mAh
11:11
OnePlus 5T
3,300 mAh
11:12
LG V30
3,300 mAh
6:30
Galaxy S8 3,000 mAh10:39
iPhone X
2,716 mAh
10:49
Google Pixel 22,700 mAh11:07
iPhone 8 Plus
2,691 mAh
11:16
iPhone 8
1,821 mAh
9:54

* Based on Tom's Guide web surfing battery test over LTE

However, it's important to note that these iPhones charge slower than the rest of the field even with their included adapters. For instance, the iPhone X hit only 17 percent after 30 minutes.

MORE: Smartphones with the Longest Battery Life

Among other phones, the Galaxy Note 8, S8 and S8+ were all in the same ballpark, at 35 to 38 percent, and the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had comparable results.

Fast charging on the OnePlus 5T (Credit: OnePlus)Fast charging on the OnePlus 5T (Credit: OnePlus)So how about after an hour? The OnePlus 5T once again took the prize, reaching 93 percent in 60 minutes. The LG V30 snagged second place, at 86 percent, and the latest iPhones all vied for third place, though the iPhone X had the most capacity, at 81 percent. And, yes, you could argue that you need to cheat to hit these numbers with the iPhone, because you have to buy extra gear.

Overall, if filling up your phone fast is a top priority, the OnePlus 5T is the champ. And at $499, it's also the most affordable phone you can get that comes with flagship-level specs and performance.

Credit: Tom's Guide

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  • chrisbales
    This is pretty irrelevant without knowing the sizes of the batteries. "Toyota Camry gas tank reaches 50% full WAY before the Ford F250!!" Please consider adding how many mAH you get in the same amount of time. But even that isn't terribly useful without knowing how long the phone will last on that charge. If one phone gets to 50% but only lasts for 2 hours on that charge, while another phone gets to 40% but lasts 4 hours on that charge, now we're talking about real world.
  • mtgoodrum
    Even more interesting when you look at the battery size of each phone.

    OnePlus 5t 3300mAh
    LG V30 3300mAh
    Apple iPhone X 2716mAh
    Apple iPhone 8 1821mAh
    Apple iPhone 8 Plus 2691mAh
    Google Pixel 2 2700 mAh
    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 3300mAh
  • Mark Spoonauer
    Thanks for the comments. Knowing the battery capacity is a factor but we still believe people want to know how much charge they can get in a certain amount of time. That’s real world. Also we measure the battery life of every phone we test. Here are the best performers https://www.tomsguide.com/us/smartphones-best-battery-life,review-2857.html
  • fakerz72
    WRONG. Real world would be how long your battery would last vs a 1 hr charge. Let's use GSMArena's endurance rating for the pixel 2 and the iphone 8. i8 has 66hr rating, p2 has a 75 hr rating. After one hour of charge, the iphone 8 ends up with 80% of it's 66 hour rating, or 52.8 hours of endurance. The pixel 2 has 75% of it's 75 hr rating, or 56.25 hours of endurance. It's not a big difference but it's still enough to flip the standings.

    If someone wanted the most battery life off of a 1 hour charge between these two phones and they just looked at your chart, they would pick the iphone 8 and then have been wrong. That's the real world. One phone at 75% battery can last longer than a phone at 80% battery. That's the real world.
  • dusters16
    @MARK SPOONAUER how soon will you add the Razer Phone to this lineup?
  • motonisto
    No Motorola phone were tested or did you ignore them for a reason?!
  • ronnyhawks
    Actually the Mate 9 is the fastest charging smartphone
  • peter.gharib
    Knowing the battery size makes a huge difference. Also, I noticed that an aftermarket Quick Charge 3.0 charger seems to charge my phone faster than the stock Samsung charger that came with it in the box, Which apparently is a Quick Charge 2.0.
    With an Anker 3.0 Quick Charge charger I can charge my Samsung Galaxy S8 plus from 0 to full in one and a half hours.
  • sbharadwaj15
    The list is wrong, no mention about oneplus5 and HTC u11 which are obvious mentions. Dash charge is pretty fast than most of the phones on the list.
  • Mark Spoonauer
    Hi, crhisbales, please note we've added the battery capacity and battery life for each phone to provide additional context.
    Anonymous said:
    This is pretty irrelevant without knowing the sizes of the batteries. "Toyota Camry gas tank reaches 50% full WAY before the Ford F250!!" Please consider adding how many mAH you get in the same amount of time. But even that isn't terribly useful without knowing how long the phone will last on that charge. If one phone gets to 50% but only lasts for 2 hours on that charge, while another phone gets to 40% but lasts 4 hours on that charge, now we're talking about real world.
  • Mark Spoonauer
    Hi, We focused on the latest flagship phones people are buying.
    Anonymous said:
    The list is wrong, no mention about oneplus5 and HTC u11 which are obvious mentions. Dash charge is pretty fast than most of the phones on the list.
  • Mark Spoonauer
    Thanks for the comment. We added battery capacity to the post. We only tested an after-market charger with the iPhone because it's the only phone where one is required. Hopefully Samsung will ship a faster charger with the S9.
    Anonymous said:
    Knowing the battery size makes a huge difference. Also, I noticed that an aftermarket Quick Charge 3.0 charger seems to charge my phone faster than the stock Samsung charger that came with it in the box, Which apparently is a Quick Charge 2.0.
    With an Anker 3.0 Quick Charge charger I can charge my Samsung Galaxy S8 plus from 0 to full in one and a half hours.
  • Mark Spoonauer
    Thanks, we can look at Moto for the next round.
    Anonymous said:
    No Motorola phone were tested or did you ignore them for a reason?!
  • Mark Spoonauer
    Hi, thanks for the comment. The Mate 9 was too old for this comparison, but we will at Mate 10 Pro when it goes on sale in U.S.
    Anonymous said:
    Actually the Mate 9 is the fastest charging smartphone
  • Olle P
    How did you measure the capacities and charge levels?
    I think the numbers make some sense if the presented charge levels relate to what is shown on the phone. At low levels the shown value differ from the actual, since lithium batteries are damaged if deep discharged.
    The phone manufacturers have different levels of charge remaining when the indicator reaches "zero".
    Also the capacities provided by the manufacturer are just nominal. The actual capacity for individual batteries of the same model can differ quite a bit. When brand new (off the production line) the capacities differ because of variations during manufacturing. Then the capacity is slightly reduced during storage while waiting for a user. Add to that a further reduction in capacity as a result of usage and ageing.
  • nguyen888
    hey Mark did the essential phone get considered for this? their high watt charger seems interesting.