One of the major components of the boastful specifications of the Pixel 6 Pro was its spectacular improved charging speed along with its refreshed looks, the latest Android 12 update, and its Tensor chipset. According to the official Google Pixel 6 Support page, the Google 30W USB-C Charger with USB-PD 3.0 can charge the Pixel 6 up to 50% in 30 minutes. The maximum power drawn from the charger by both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, according to Android Authority, is 22W, with an average of 13W over the course of a cycle. As a result, with all “Adaptive” settings turned off, the phone’s 5,000 mAh battery took around 111 minutes to fully charge.
According to the test, the Pixel only reaches its maximum charging rate for about half of the charge cycle before dropping to much slower speeds, resulting in an average charging speed of only 13W over the course of the cycle. Of course, lowering the charging speed as the battery fills is standard practice for fast charging systems to protect the battery’s health, but it’s still unusual that Google appears to reduce the charging speed to 2.5W for the final 15% of the charge.
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In its spec sheets, Google doesn’t say that the Pixel 6 has a charging rate of 30W; instead, it says that both phones support “up to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes with Google 30W USB-C Charger with USB-PD 3.0 (PPS).”
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This analysis clearly shows that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro don’t actually reach 30W speeds, despite what Google claims with its charger. Despite the lack of an official claim, it is clearly misleading and is a huge bummer.