OnePlus 10 Pro 80W vs 65W Charging Test: Do you need that extra 15W?

OnePlus 10 Pro showing top view battery statistics

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‘Supervooc’ is the intellectual property of Oppo. OnePlus is now adopting Oppo’s branding for its charging technology instead of the previous ‘Warp Charge’ Monica.

According to OnePlus, “80W Supervooc does not currently support 110- or 120-volt AC power – the standard for power outlets. [North America]”Of course, it’s not impossible to create an 80W plug that will work with 120 volts, suggesting that Oppo may not see a great cost-to-benefit ratio for some customers to invest in a slightly faster charging.

OnePlus 10 Pro 80W vs 65W charging tested

OnePlus boasts that its 80W charger fills the handset’s 5,000mAh battery in 32 minutes, while the 65W plug takes 34 minutes. Two minutes is practically the margin of error difference, but do these claims hold up in the real world?

Using an 80W charger, our OnePlus 10 Pro is charged from 1% to 100% within just the 32 minutes advertised by OnePlus. The battery hits 25% in just 5 minutes and 20 seconds, 50% in 12 minutes and 12 seconds and 75% in 20 minutes and 18 seconds. By comparison, using a 65W charger takes about 35 minutes to complete. OnePlus 10 Pro takes less than 5 minutes and 45 seconds to get 25% key milestones, between 12 minutes and 25 seconds to 50% and just 21 minutes to 75%, all using slightly lower power 65W plugs.

The 80W plug is consistently ahead of the 65W model in fractions, but only in a matter of seconds. It is not until the final 20% of the charge or the last 5 minutes that we see daylight between the two in the graph. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly. After that, the two models probably assume very similar energy levels for the bulk of the charging cycle.

OnePlus 10 Pro charges virtually as fast in North America as in Europe and India.

The temperature difference between the two is a much more noticeable metric. Despite starting at very similar temperatures, the 80W charging option is four degrees Celsius warmer than the 65W option for most cycles. However, we should keep in mind that we tested these phones in two different environments, so ambient temperature may also play a factor.

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Either way, these results, like the ones we’ve seen in the past, highlight that when it comes to charging a battery, the extra energy is lost when the battery is under more significant pressure and its long-term performance is reduced. 15W more power to save a few minutes in the full charge cycle and just a few seconds between key milestones seems hard to accept. It begs all the questions, why bother with all 80W? Except for the prestige of marketing, of course.

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