Ever thought of charging your smartphone even faster? say from dead to full within 15 mins?! Definitely. Besides smartphone manufacturers trying to include fast charge feature to their latest flagship, this new technology by China’s Oppo will keep you smiling.
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Oppo (A Chinese electronics manufacturer) has announced that it’s new tech, the VOOC would charge a 2,500 mAh battery in 15mins using a low-voltage pulse charge system operating at 5Volts which the company claims maintains a lower battery temperature than competing higher-voltage systems. On a 2500mAh battery, 45% charge can be achieved in just 5 minutes. The adapter, cable and connector have all been redesigned and upgraded with “military grade” materials and will support both microUSB and USB-C.
Companies like Qualcomm whose latest version of its quick-charge tech used in newly introduced fast-charging smartphones can charge a 2,750mAh battery to 80% in 35mins using up to 12V, this new tech by Oppo will deliver even more.
Since the Oppo tech charges a 2500mAh battery in 15mins, smartphones like the Samsung galaxy S6 that features a 2,550 mAh battery, the new Galaxy S7 a 3,000mAh battery are expected to charge completely within 20-25mins with VOOC tech. This is still in its prototype stage, though it is expected to be introduced to handsets later this year, it seems the VOOC charging tech will only work with Oppo based smartphones in the future.
How then does VOOC work?
The company is yet to give full details as to how the VOOC works but they pointed out that there wouldn’t be any heating issue to worry about since power is still delivered at 5V. They also said that they’ve made 2 improvements to achieve this outstanding charging speeds; First been that Super VOOC uses low-voltage pulse charge system and the second is that it works with not just any battery but a customized one.
We’ve gotten a hold of the press release, check it out below;
Allowing users to fully charge their phones in just 15 minutes, OPPO has released its latest technology — Super VOOC Flash Charge!
By applying a newly developed low-voltage pulse-charge algorithm, along with OPPO’s customized battery, multiple technical innovations, as well as first-class hardware and software, Super VOOC Flash Charge can bring your device to a 45% charge in just five minutes of charging (for a 2500 mAh battery). This means that a full charge can be achieved in just 15 minutes! With Super VOOC Flash Charge technology, users can talk for 10 hours after just 5 minutes of charging.
The newly innovated low-voltage pulse-charge system, coupled with OPPO’s customized battery, dynamically regulates the current, ensuring a safe, sustainable charging experience and preventing overheating. The Super VOOC Flash Charge adapter, cable and connector have all received a full redesign using premium and extremely reliable military-grade materials. Super VOOC Flash Charge supports Micro-USB and USB Type-C, in line with the global standard.
VOOC Flash Charge
VOOC Flash Charge was developed as a result of one of OPPO’s main concerns about smartphone development. While the smartphone industry is fast-moving, the lithium-ion battery has not changed much since its creation, even though its high power consumption and endurance often leave users wanting more. Battery endurance has now become the biggest bottleneck restricting smartphone development. Meanwhile, battery capacity is constantly increasing. And with it, charging times are getting longer and longer. To offer consumers a better user experience, high-capacity batteries need to be matched with faster charging speeds. OPPO therefore zeroed in on this problem and developed VOOC as a result.
It took OPPO three years to develop the low-voltage, fast-charging technology that is VOOC Flash Charge. A totally independent undertaking, OPPO has already applied for 18 patents related to VOOC alone. Capable of charging four times faster than ordinary chargers, VOOC is the fastest and most secure smartphone charging technology.
VOOC Flash Charge was offered with OPPO’s Find 7 in March 2014. With a 3000 mAh battery, the Find 7 supports two hours of talk time after just five minutes of charging with VOOC, and its power reaches 75% after 30 minutes, sufficient for a day’s use. (This data is based on laboratory tests; actual charging may differ due to factors such as battery capacity and temperature, while actual call time can also be affected by the device state and real-life environment.)
With its creative solution to the issue of battery endurance, VOOC Flash Charge won praise from users and the media. In less than two years since its introduction, OPPO smartphones featuring VOOC Flash Charge saw sales exceed 17 million units in the Chinese market. VOOC Flash Charge’s innovations led it to win 8 science and technology media awards internationally.
Technology Release Timeline
Version 1.0: On March 19th, 2014, when standard smartphone charging was still applying 5V1A, OPPO pioneered VOOC Flash Charge.
Version 1.1: Half a year after its release, VOOC Flash Charge speeds continued to lead the industry. OPPO then launched a VOOC Flash Charge power bank and VOOC Flash Charge car charger. Reducing the size of the original by half, VOOC Mini Power Adapter was introduced with the launch of the N3 and R5.
VOOC Flash Charge’s Technical Principle
VOOC Flash Charge added an intelligent MCU chip (flash core) in the adapter in order to achieve revolutionary voltage open-loop and multi-stage, constant-current charging. VOOC Flash Charge creatively changes circuit topologies, meanwhile creates an all-side, five-level protection technique from the adapter to the interface as well as the device, securing the safety as well as the speed.
Low Voltage VOOC Flash Charge Advantages
The VOOC charging voltage is in line with the standard smartphone charging voltage of 5V. This means that the power can be directly transmitted to the battery without any voltage conversion, allowing the process to attain a charging efficiency of up to 97%. High-voltage fast charging, however, requires conversion to a lower voltage to supply power to the batter. This means a loss of energy and a lowered charging efficiency of about 85%.
Because of the difference in charging mechanism and efficiency, the temperature of a smartphone using VOOC Flash Charge remains significantly lower during the charging process than a phone using a high-voltage solution. VOOC Flash Charge-enabled devices will heat up by a maximum of only 3.3. degrees Celsius.
Because temperatures can be regulated so effectively during charging with VOOC Flash Charge, the smartphone can safely be used during the charging process. For instance, you can Flash Charge your smartphone while surfing the Internet, watching videos, or playing games. However, if you try to use your smartphone while using another fast-charging technology, the charger will revert to a standard charging speed, due to the temperature spikes caused by quick charging and screen brightening simultaneously
Super VOOC seems to be the great evolution of fast charging technology. Lets hope it is introduced to other smartphones, but if it isn’t, i am certain other companies will come up with a fast charge tech similar to the VOOC.
OPPO Electronics Corp. is a Chinese electronics manufacturer based in Dongguan, Guangdong. Its major product lines include smartphones, Blu-ray players and other electronic devices. Globally registered in 2001 and founded in 2004, the company has registered the OPPO brand name in many parts of the world.