Best quick-charging Android smartphones money can buy

Charging your phone every single night after returning from work, school or a stroll around town in order to be able to start again the next morning without losing track of your Facebook friends, favorite Twitter feeds or Pinterests might well be the most annoying modern-day chore.

It’s not only boring as can be, but you have to actually remember to do it, not to mention keeping all sorts of cables on hand and hugging walls for hours on end. Of course, some devices last longer than others, and you can always use power banks on the go whenever you need a quick, no-plug-in-necessary pick-me-up.

And let’s not forget about wireless charging, which is slowly taking off, although it’s not exactly wireless if the dock must be physically connected to an energy supply for the whole thing to function.

Finally, while it doesn’t solve the underlying problem, i.e. the constant demand for more juice, fast-charging technology at least reduces the time wasted waiting. Like many mobile inventions, this is bound to become truly useful down the line, when you’ll be able to fill up the tank in mere minutes.

But there are already numerous Android phones endowed with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 capabilities — even some with wireless charging — or similar functionality, and we give you today the creme of that crop:

LG G7 ThinQ

Your battery is going to charge extremely quickly, courtesy of the latest Snapdragon processor’s Quick Charge 3.0 support. It’s got wireless charging support as well, which means you can even charge it without wires at fast speeds. Those speeds are set to get even faster, with Qualcomm now supporting and certifying wireless chargers.

HTC U12 Life

HTC has struggled a lot for years now in trying to get their phones to catch on. People are still reluctant to purchase, but the HTC U12 Life has made some good progress are redeeming the HTC name. That said, the U12 Life does support both Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 standards. The con is that you’ll have to pay a little extra to pick up a wall charger or wireless charger that will provide you what quick charging power.

The good news is that the U12 Life has a fairly big battery, so once it charges, you’ll be good for most of the day.

Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 XL is one of our favorites. As the latest smartphone from Google, the Pixel 3 XL is one of the best they have as far as quick charging goes. You get top hardware and a unique, modern design; however, there’s also a large battery that will last you all day long. But, if you’re nearing the end of your charge, thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 technology, you can juice that battery up real quickly.

This is also a must-buy for Android purists. Don’t like the bloat that Samsung and other manufacturers are shoving down the throats of their fans? The Pixel 3 XL doesn’t do that, providing you with a clean and pure Android experience. On top of that, being a Google device, Pixel 3 XL owners get all of the latest Android updates for years to come.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Speaking of Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is another one that gets a pretty quick charge. Being Samsung’s biggest phone yet, it has a large battery, but comes with Quick Charge 3.0 technology that can juice it up quickly. It’s also got fast wireless charging inside, with most wireless chargers providing it with 10 watts of charging power.

There are other models of the Galaxy Note 9 that don’t have Quick Charge 3.0. Samsung was basically forced to fit a homebrewed processor inside many of its high-end flagships, but as such, developed their rapid charging technology, promising a full tank in a measly 120 minutes, even wirelessly beefed up.

Add an S-Pen into the mix, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the perfect fit for tech enthusiasts and power users alike.

ZTE Blade V8 Pro

The Blade V8 Pro from ZTE has got several strong suits, all made public and marketed quite aggressively on US shores of late. Number one, a beautiful 5.5-inch Quad HD display. 2, a somewhat gimmicky but proficient 13 + 2 MP dual rear-facing camera. 3, more RAM than you could ever need on a mobile device. 4, a respectable 3,140 mAh battery. Last but not least, standard fast-charging times: 30 minutes to go from 0 to 80 or more.

LG V35 ThinQ

80 percent in 30 minutes? That’s extremely impressive. It’s definitely not record-breaking or trend-setting, but overall, that’s what many modern Snapdragon-based phones are getting. It’s also equipped with a secondary notification display that can be both an energy and life saver, plus two front-facing cameras for… double the selfies?

Clearly, you’re dealing with a one-of-a-kind product, and even if it’s not a rapid-charging champion, it gets that job done too in addition to a bunch of other strenuous jobs.

BlackBerry KEY2

If you’re into physical QWERTY screens on an Android phone, you know how hard it is to find top of the line Android phones that meet these specs, especially combined with open-source Android, Google apps, a beautiful curved Quad HD AMOLED panel, and a large battery. Luckily, the KEY 2 ticks all of these boxes, and is especially capable of providing 80 percent juice after 30 minutes.

Verdict

As you can see, there are a lot of excellent smartphones with quick charging prowess. Most of these on our list will get you an 80 percent charge within thirty minutes, from dead to full.