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One of the most hyped Galaxy Note 10+ features isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Published Aug 23rd, 2019 3:58PM EDT
Galaxy Note 10+
Image: DroidSans

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In our review of the Galaxy Note 10+, we noted that one of its standout features was its support for 45W Super Fast Charging, but we weren’t able to test it ourselves. In fact, even if you bought a Galaxy Note 10+ today, you would not be able to test the functionality either unless you picked up a 45W charger separately.

The Galaxy Note 10+ comes with a 25W charger in the box, but if Samsung is charging $49.99 for a first-party 45W charger, it must be a significant upgrade over the included charger, right? Not according to a test from Thai tech blog DroidSans (via SamMobile), which shows negligible differences between the two.

For its test, DroidSans simultaneously charged the Galaxy Note 10 with a 25W charger, the Galaxy Note 10+ with a 25W charger, and a second Galaxy Note 10+ with a 45W charger, all of which were dead when the test began. While both Note 10+ handsets raced ahead of the Note 10, the 45W charger failed to create much separation, charging to 73% while the 25W charger brought the Note 10+ all the way to 67%.

The gains were even less impressive as the test went on, and by the time the Note 10+ with the 45W charger reached 100%, the Note 10+ with the 25W charger was at 96%. In the end, the 25W charger got the Note 10+ to a full charge less than ten minutes slower than the 45W charger. I’m not sure that’s worth $49.99.

It’s worth noting that this is just one test, and a variety of factors could have influenced the results. That said, having spent over a week with the Galaxy Note 10+ and the pack-in 25W charger, I was thrilled with how quickly the phone was charging. In other words, you’re probably fine with the charger Samsung gave you.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.