Here’s a fun fact for you. I have no idea what level of charge my phone is at right now. Its on; I can tell you. But what percentage of battery is it at? I couldn’t tell you. I couldn’t care less and that’s because I don’t have to. At first, it was scary, but now it’s just beautiful.
Here in the US, we don’t really have to worry about charging phones; we charge them overnight. Maybe we set our phone to one of the best wireless phone chargersor we fit a charger MagSafe (even on Android), or we just connect the phone. I used to be one of those people.
We do it here in the United States because we have to. fast charging Really does not exist here. Samsung maxes out at 45W, Apple maxes out at 30W, and furthermore, neither will send you a charger. Others have different sizes of chargers from 10W to 20W or more. If the phone manufacturer doesn’t send you a charging brick, you could be connecting your phone to a laptop, which is even slower. Let’s not talk about wireless charging.
Don’t get me wrong, 45W is no slouch if you buy the fastest charger you can find. With that 65W charger (which isn’t even the fastest onePlus), I can recharge my phone in the time it takes me to destroy every rival in Call of Duty: Mobile mode battle royale.
Ever since OnePlus sent me the OnePlus 10 Pro, I haven’t plugged it in overnight, which to me is deeply strange. Of course, I couldn’t tell you how long the battery lasts either, because my brain hasn’t rewired the part that says, “I took it off the charger at 6:30am.”
You might be wondering what it was like to use a phone like that, especially if your battery is 50 full. The first part that is really difficult to understand is that you are no longer working within the limits of 0% and 100%. Plus, you’re no longer tied to charging conventions to dictate your day or activities. Rather, you can let your day dictate your load. You don’t have to connect your phone every night. Simply plug it in when you need it.
No rules! At first, I tried to wait until my phone dropped below 20% to charge it to at least 80%, but I soon realized these were arbitrary numbers. You can connect your phone to 50% and get up to 80% in a few minutes. You can plug in at 5% and get up to 35%. It’s crazy how fast the initial minutes of loading can be. With charging so fast, it’s like having a tap to unlimited power.
If that sounds weird to you, that’s because it is. It’s deeply weird, but it’s also a lot of fun. The phone charges from empty to full in just over 30 minutes. Obviously, if the phone is already half full, it doesn’t even take 30 minutes. So when it’s time to go somewhere, I can plug in my phone for a few minutes and always have enough juice at least to last me until I get home. Also, the phone doesn’t have to be full before you can unplug it. If you’re going to be out all day, then plan ahead for about 30 minutes, but you never need more than that.
There is a certain freedom in that. Too often our phones are subject to those 100% and 0% restrictions. There’s something satisfying about knowing that if you plug in your phone at night, you can get up and go to work the next day and have your phone last all day. But it’s magical to know that when you need a charge, you can have it.
Battery health is also not a concern. OnePlus has tested these batteries up to 1,600 charge cycles while still retaining 80% charge capacity. Although, as I mentioned before, I don’t know when to charge my phone, I do know that I’ve never had to do it more than once a day.
To be completely fair, I have to point out that I work from home, so I’m not out of the house nearly as often as most people. If you’re someone who doesn’t have an unlimited supply of power at your disposal 24/7, this almost certainly won’t work for you. Arguably, if you work in an office, you can do this. If you’re a park ranger, construction worker, or someone without an eight-hour-a-day desk job (doctors, police officers, delivery guys, etc.), this will be basically impossible.
Also, there are downsides. OnePlus’ charging technology is proprietary, so if you connect to a 65W charger not made by OnePlus (or Oppo), your charging speed slows down. OnePlus’ charger, by the way, isn’t small by any stretch, rivaling my old 2015 Macbook Pro charger in size. It’s not the easiest thing to throw in a bag and be on your way.
Also, there were times when I woke up early in the morning and unexpectedly had to be somewhere (those new geocaches aren’t going to be found after all) and found my phone at 20%. I have a charger in my car, but that’s not really the point, is it? I would later learn that you can plug in your phone before you go to the bathroom or put on your shoes, and you’ll have a lot more juice when you unplug than when you plug it in.
Once you learn (and accept) that fact, you’re off to the races! It’s not easy, especially given the comparatively slow loading speeds we have in the US. I’d be willing to bet that a similar experiment with a Samsung or Apple phone might be possible, but I think there would be bigger question marks about the overall feasibility. Once I step away from the OnePlus 10 Pro, it will likely recharge overnight, but if I’m honest with myself, I won’t like it. OnePlus has broken me and made me want fast charging in a way I never thought it would. Well played, OnePlus.