Most smartphones today ship with a key feature: fast charging. Reacting to demand for devices that can charge faster now that long life batteries are still a long way down the line, industry players have come up with their own solutions. Qualcomm is laying claim to its Quick Charge technology that is currently in its third iteration. Others like Huawei, MediaTek, Samsung and many more have each developed their own solutions as well.
Chinese device maker Oppo has for the two years been releasing flagship devices that have its proprietary flash charging battery tech, VOOC (short for Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging if you’re into the Physics behind it). VOOC allowed Oppo devices to charge in shorter periods like say hitting the 75% mark in just half an hour. The difference between Oppo’s VOOC and solutions from the likes of Qualcomm, MediaTek and other players is that while those apply high voltage charging, VOOC is a low voltage solution.
Oppo announced a few hours ago today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that it had an even better solution to our battery charging woes: a much faster flash charging technology. Super VOOC Flash Charge. How super? So super that a 2,500mAh battery will be fully charged in just 15 minutes!
We are likely to see Super VOOC Flash Charge in action in Oppo’s new devices since it is not available for use by rivals as it is proprietary (unless the company decides to license it to others).
We have seen efforts by other players to replicate the kind of super fast charging that Oppo will soon be going to the market with but none of those efforts have been harnessed for devices entering mass production any time soon.