Meizu's fast charging tech will fully charge your phone in just 20 minutes

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Meizu showed off its Super mCharge fast charging tech at Mobile World Congress, claiming that its solution will fully charge phones from zero to 100% in just 20 minutes. Meizu is relying on a 11V/5A charger to deliver an astounding 55W, and that charge is delivered via an "upgraded data cable" that can support up to 160W.

According to Meizu, Super mCharge uses charge pumps, utilizing "two groups of conversion circuits to directly output half of the voltage." The technique increases the charging efficiency drastically, bringing it up from 9% to 98%. Meizu found that the battery temperature topped out at 102.2 degree Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) while using the fast charging method, which should keep handsets from blowing up.

In extended testing, Meizu saw a 3000mAh battery retain over 80% of its original capacity after 800 charge and discharge cycles, allowing it to last over two years.

Meizu isn't the first Chinese company to innovate when it comes to fast-charging technologies. OPPO demoed its Super VOOC technology — which fully charges a phone in just 15 minutes — last year at MWC, but the tech is yet to make its way into a phone.

Meizu hasn't mentioned when it will bring its fast charging solution to its phones, but we'll let you know once we hear more.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Looks like Qualcomm will have to really step up their game. Those alternative quick charging solutions are really awesome.
  • Qualcomm is safe if it's meizu.
  • 39 degrees doesn't sound too good
  • It's not too bad either though. But I'm sure that was under optimal conditions.
  • I'm worried because 55W bring pushed into a phone battery is quite a lot. Especially since it's 11 volts
  • Couldn't agree more, not sure I'd be comfortable using it. And don't break the cable cause it'll cost a fortune to replace.
  • I'd be more comfortable with Power Delivery because it was designed with USB-C in mind. DASH is good, though. Been a fan of its implementation. Just wished it was PD-compatible.
  • Dash charge is very well done, and very useful, I use it every day. It's the best implementation of fast charging on the market. But I'd gladly give it up for every USB-C device to be USB 3.1 compliant.
  • I actually want a version of DASH that we can all use but is compatible with USB-PD. Faster charging without toasting your phone. I'll gladly take it.
  • R.I.P USB standards, we hardly knew ye... As Darkwing Duck used to say, let's get dangerous!
  • Darkwing Duck for the win!!! You have just won a lifetime supply of the internets! ...When there's trouble you call DEE DOUBLE U (DW)....
  • Let's get dangerous
  • And these batteries will last, what 3 months?
  • Read the article.
  • Don't buy meizu. They don't even have play store and load questionable store to their phones that are replies without the developers permission. Don't be surprised if they have virus loaded
  • If they get thia working well, they should license the technology. Don't want a phone from them but I'd take that charging!
  • Wapo should pay us to read that rag. Just saying!!