Keeping with what is now a tradition for OnePlus, the company has just launched its latest special edition device. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is priced at Rs 50,999, making it the most expensive OnePlus smartphone yet by Rs 5,000 over the price of the 8GB / 256GB OnePlus 6T. But is there more to the McLaren Edition than some orange accents, a fancy logo and a couple of extra gigs of RAM?

Yes, there’s Warp Charge. The new charging standard from OnePlus comes two-and-a-half years and six devices after the launch of Dash Charge, which has capably fast-charged OnePlus devices since it was introduced on the OnePlus 3. It’s claimed to be faster, but how much of a difference does it make in practice? We tested the two fast-charging technologies to find out.

OnePlus 6T – Warp Charge vs Dash Charge Compared

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The key difference in the two standards is the increase in wattage on the Warp Charge standard. The charging adapter is now a 30W unit, with a 5V / 6A configuration at peak level, stepping down to 5V / 2A (10W) for safe charging near full capacity. In comparison, Dash Charge uses a 5V / 4A (20W) configuration, and both require dedicated Warp Charge / Dash Charge compatible cables to carry the energy. Swapping out to a regular USB Type-C cable will slow charging down to trickle speeds.

For the time being, the charging standard is only available on the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, with no plans to release the Warp Charge adapter and cable as standalone products or to enable the faster-charging tech on other versions of the OnePlus 6T. Similarly, charging a standard 6T with the Warp Charge adapter doesn’t charge any faster than the typical Dash Charge speed.

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So, how much faster is it?

We drained both the OnePlus 6T (8GB / 128GB) and OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition down to zero percent, and then started charging both phones simultaneously with their respective chargers plugged into regular desktop power sockets, with both phones remaining switched off through the test. We then took regular readings at fixed intervals to compare how much faster Warp Charge is than Dash Charge. Both phones have the same 3,700mAh battery capacity, so the test was a direct shootout of charging speed with no significant variables to consider for.

For the first 20 minutes, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition with Warp Charge was charging at a rate of 2.5 percent per minute, while the OnePlus 6T with Dash Charge added about 1.75 percent per minute. At the 20 minute mark, the McLaren Edition was at 50 percent charge, while the 6T was at 35 percent. Once past the 50 percent mark, the McLaren Edition wasn’t charging quite as fast as before, with the 6T gradually narrowing the gap.

At 30 minutes, Warp Charge got its phone to 67 percent, while Dash Charge was up to 53 percent. At 45 minutes, the gap was narrower with 89 percent on the McLaren Edition and 77 percent on the standard OnePlus 6T. At around this point, the McLaren Edition had stepped down to 10W charging for safety, while the OnePlus 6T continued to charge at a faster rate. At the one hour mark, Warp Charge was at 98 percent, while Dash Charge was at 91 percent.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition took a total of one hour and three minutes to reach full charge, at which point Dash Charge was at 93 percent. The older OnePlus 6T took an additional ten minutes to get to full charge.

Verdict – Does the difference matter?

As you can read above, Warp Charge is visibly and noticeably faster. But the difference for a full charge is just ten minutes, or about 7 percent. Therefore, the impact of the faster charging isn’t quite as significant when you’re striving to get to 100 percent. However, the difference in charging speed at lower levels is greater, offering you a larger initial burst of power and faster low-capacity charging.

In practice, it’s this initial burst that makes all the difference. When your battery is down to under 20 percent, about thirty minutes of charging – while you shower and eat your breakfast, perhaps – will get you enough power to last the day and possibly overnight as well, letting you repeat the process the next day. While Dash Charge does that as well, the increase in speed on Warp Charge will let you leave quicker or let your phone last longer, and anything that contributes to making your life easier is worth the praise.

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