Earlier this year, we covered one of the most interesting tech companies to come out of China, called Vivo .
While it may not have name recognition, Vivo has been taking the smartphone world by storm over the past year.
The technology hasn’t been announced for any commercial phones just yet, but Vivo says Super FlashCharge 120W can fully charge a 4,000 mAh battery in just 13 minutes, which is incredibly fast.
Keep in mind, most phones have battery capacities smaller than 4,000 mAh. Even the massive iPhone XS Max has a 3,174mAh battery.
As a reference point, Huawei earlier this year debuted its own fast-charging tech for the foldable Mate X smartphone, which can fully charge that phone’s 4,500 mAh battery within 30 to 40 minutes.
Even Apple’s own fast-charging tech can only charge the iPhone XS, with its relatively small 2,658 mAh battery, to 50% in 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, Vivo’s new tech takes about five minutes to charge a smartphone to 50%.
Vivo’s Super FlashCharge tech uses a custom USB-C cable, paired with a 120-watt power charger, to achieve these incredible speeds.
It’s unclear when we’ll see Vivo’s fast-charging solution in a commercially available product but be warned: fast charging is believed to expedite the deterioration of your phone’s battery.
The long-term effects of fast-charging are still unclear, but some studies say that fast-charging your batteries make them die a lot faster.