Last year, Huawei introduced a crazy fast smartphone fast charger: a 40W charging brick. It was crazy news. And even crazier was the 12000mAh powerbank that is capable of 40W fast charging. But that’s in the past now, as Vivo is teasing a 120W supercharger.

OPPO, VIVO and OnePlus are all under BBK Electronics. And if you’re always excited about tech, you know these three companies always have good tech around fast charging. You know of OnePlus’s Dash Charging, and you will remember OPPO last year introduced Super VOOC with their OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition. While standard VOOC could charge their 3400mAh battery in 90mins, Super VOOC could do it in 35mins, hitting up to 50W fast charging.

Vivo, through Weibo is now teasing what could be the fastest fast charger we’ve seen; claiming it’ll take just 13mins to charge from 0 to 100, a 4000mAh battery. Wow!

Vivo isn’t giving any details on when this tech will be available, but given they’re teasing it with the hashtag #Vivo5G, it could mean they have a 5G smartphone coming that will probably have this fast charging technology.

Earlier this year, Xiaomi showed the world their 100W fast charger that could do 0-100 in 17mins on a 4000mAh battery. This too hasn’t launched with any phone, but we can expect a crazy battle for the fastest charging phone come next year.

There’s however issues with fast charging that hopefully all these companies are trying to address:

  • Heat – how to dissipate the heat from the phone while charging crazy fast
  • Battery longevity – crazy fast charging can mean battery degrades pretty fast, what are these companies doing to make sure this isn’t the case?
  • Security risks – Where will such tech be allowed? Will it be safe allover?

I am excited at how Chinese companies are pushing the limits…. Let’s wait for 2020 anyway. Tech is always exciting, and you never know what will be possible in the future.

Vivo is officially setting up shop soon in Kenya, and I hope they’ll be bringing all their high end devices to the market.

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