OnePlus Introduces Optimized Charging

Posted on January 7, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Mobile, Android with 9 Comments

Following in the footsteps of the leading smartphone makers, OnePlus today introduced a new feature called Optimized Charging.

“Recently, we have been working on a new feature named Optimized Charging, which is designed to defer the battery drain rate optimally without affecting the user experience,” the firm wrote in a forum post describing the optional new feature. “OnePlus has always paid great attention to user’s charging experience and battery health.”

With Optimal Charging enabled, your OnePlus handset will charge to 80 percent and then stop charging temporarily. Then, it will begin charging again 100 minutes before your daily wakeup time, based on its “user sleep cycle detection” functionality (which gets better over time), first alarm, or first event. If you want your phone to charge to 100 percent immediately, you can disable Optimized Charging by tapping a “Continue Charging” button in the drop-down notification for the Battery icon in the status bar.

OnePlus says that it will improve Optimal Charging over time to accommodate unconventional sleep times, such as when users stay up late on weekends, changing time zones, and other irregularities.

To enable this new feature, open Settings and navigate to Battery > Turn on Optimized Charging. It’s not clear which OnePlus handsets will even offer this feature, sorry.

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9 responses to “OnePlus Introduces Optimized Charging”

  1. red.radar


    what difference does it make if the phone charges to 100% at 12am vs right as you wake up.? Your still rocketing the battery at high current rates to that 80% mark. And then you are still finishing it off super quick to the last 20%.

    seems like the right answer is to slow charge the battery all through the night and not quick charge it super fast if you don’t need to.

    this seems like a bandaid software solution for what amounts to the fact they put the wrong charger or a really dumb charger in the box. Most people don’t need quick charge all the time.

    someone with battery knowledge can explain?

    • lvthunder

      In reply to red.radar:

      My guess is that once the battery hits 100% it shuts off the charging and then turns it back on when it dips down to 99% since most people don't turn their phone off while they are charging it.

      • gelfer

        In reply to lvthunder:
        When I turn off my phone and next plug in the charger, it turns itself on again (Motorola G7 Plus). So I don't think I can charge it while the phone is turned off....

    • remc86007

      In reply to red.radar:

      I think the point is to reduce the amount of time the phone is above 80% which will marginally improve the life of the battery. I agree that intentionally charging slowly when fast charging is not needed is best.

    • lvthunder

      In reply to Lrayh82:

      They are trying to extend the period of time you can use a battery.

    • Paul Thurrott

      Seriously? :)
    • MikeCerm

      In reply to Lrayh82:

      It is bad for lithium batteries to be fully charged and at 100% for extended periods of time. Think of it like a rubber band. There's a safe range to how far you can stretch a rubber band before it snaps. If you stretch it to the limit and hold it there for a long time, when you finally let it go you find out that it's not as stretchy as it used to be. For longevity, it's better to keep batteries between 80% and 20%. This is also why new devices almost always ship in a semi-discharged state (around 60%) -- if it's going to sit in a factory and then a store for an extended period of time, it's best not to fully charge it.

  2. glenn8878

    My iPhone already has timed charging. I'm not sure what the benefits. It's usually fully charged in the morning.