Last week’s poll shows that the money spent on fast-charging R&D was a great investment for smartphone makers. The new batch of battery and charging technologies that will cross the 100W mark has thrilled many fans.
With a 60% positive vote, support for fast charging is strong. However, supporters are divided almost evenly into two groups – those who want a standards-compliant charger and those who place a premium on speed.
There is a vocal minority who oppose these technologies on the grounds that they degrade the battery and reduce its capacity over time. Well, actually not that minor – 1 in 4 agree to be part of this group.
This ties in with the poll from a few weeks ago. Most people now expect to keep their phone for 3 years, so battery degradation is definitely an issue. A large battery and an overnight charge with a slow or wireless charger is enough for a quarter of voters.
That said, wireless charging, whether fast or slow, doesn’t seem particularly popular, although it’s pretty common on phones these days.
Smartphone makers might want to add charging controls on their phones, like 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%. That way you can spare your battery, but still have the option of a quick charge when you really need it.