There is a fun fact for you. I don't know what charge level my phone is at. I can tell you that. What percentage of battery is it? I couldn't tell you. I don't have to, so I couldn't care less. It was scary at first, but now it is beautiful.

There are contents.

  • Changing the charging
  • There are caveats

We don't have to worry about charging phones in the U.S. because we charge them overnight. Maybe we set our phone down on one of the best wireless phone chargers, or snap on a MagSafe charger, or we simply plug the phone in. I used to be one of them.

We have to do that here in the US. Fast charging isn't really a thing here. Apple tops out at 30W, but neither of the other two will ship you a charger. There are different sizes of chargers from 10W up to 20W. If the phone manufacturer doesn't ship you a charging brick, you could be stuck with a slower phone. Let's not talk about wireless charging.

Don't get me wrong, 45W is good, if you buy the fastest charger you can find. It doesn't hold a candle to the 65W charger that is included in the box. I can top off my phone in time to destroy all the challengers in Call of Duty: Mobile battel Royale mode, if I have a 65W charge. If you forgive the pun, it's really a powerful feeling.

Changing the charging

OnePlus 10 Pro being taken out of a pocket.
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I have not plugged in the phone at night since it was shipped to me. I flew to New Orleans, hunted, and went to parties and get-togethers back home during that time, and I didn't fear for my battery life. I couldn't tell you how long the battery lasts because my brain doesn't know how to tell.

If your flag has 50 stars on it, you might be wondering what it was like to use a phone like that. It's hard to wrap your mind around the fact that you're no longer working within the bounds of 0% and 100%. You are free to do what you want, even if you have to pay for it. You can let your day dictate how much you charge. You don't have to use your phone all the time. You plug it in when you need it.

There are no rules. I tried to wait until my phone dropped below 20% to charge it, but I realized those were arbitrary numbers. You can get up to 80% in a few minutes if you plug in at 50%. You can get up to 35% if you plug in at 5%. How fast the initial minutes of charging can be is insane. It's like having a tap to unlimited power with charging that fast.

Our phones are often bound by those constraints.

That sounds weird to you. It is deeply weird, but it is also a lot of fun. The phone charges from empty to full in 30 minutes. It doesn't take 30 minutes if the phone is half full. I always have enough juice to last me until I get home, and when I go somewhere, I can plug in my phone for a few minutes. The phone doesn't have to be full before I can plug it in. If you are going to be gone all day, you should plan ahead by about 30 minutes, but that is never necessary.

There is a certain freedom in that. Our phones are often bound by those constraints. It's nice to know that if you plug in your phone at night, you can get up and go to work the next day and have your phone last all day. It's magic that you can have a charge when you need it.

There are caveats

The battery health is not a concern. The batteries have been tested up to 1,600 charge cycles and still have 80% charge capacity. I have never had to do it more than once per day, even though I don't know when to charge my phone.

I have to point out that I work from home, so I am not out as much. If you don't have an unlimited supply of power at your disposal, this almost certainly won't work for you. If you work in an office, you can do this. If you are a forest ranger, construction worker, or someone without an eight-hour-per-day desk job, this will be impossible.

There are drawbacks. Your charging speed is slowed if you plug into a 65W charger that isn't made by OnePlus or Oppo. My old Macbook Pro charger is larger than the one from the OnePlus, which is not small by any stretch. It's not easy to put it in a bag and be on your way.

A hand holds the OnePlus 10 Pro charging brick.
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There were times when I would wake up in the morning and have to be somewhere, and I would find my phone at 20%. I have a charging point in my car, but that isn't really the point. When you plug in your phone before you go to the bathroom or put on your shoes, you will have more juice than when you plug in.

You're off to the races once you learn that fact. It's not easy, especially given the slow charging speeds we have in the U.S. If I'm being honest, I won't like it when I shift away from the OnePlus 10 Pro. I never thought I'd crave fast charging, but that's what it's done to me. Well played, OnePlus.

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