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Dash Charge: What is the new charging technology for the OnePlus 3?

OnePlus has launched its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 3, and it's a classy piece of kit for a very reasonable price. One of its stand-out features is Dash Charge, which promises to provide you with extremely speedy charge times.

But what exactly is Dash Charge? Let's take a closer look.

OnePlus refuses to settle

Dash Charge is a new quick-charge technology from OnePlus. It promises to provide 63% of a full charge in just 30 minutes of charging.

That's fast, but it's not really any faster than rival efforts like Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0, which claims to be able to manage 80% in 35 minutes.

Buy Now: Dash Charger at Amazon.co.uk from £12.99 | Amazon.com from $14

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OnePlus could quite easily have gone with Qualcomm's standard. After all, the OnePlus 3 runs on the Snapdragon 820 CPU. That's the same chip that powers the HTC 10 and the LG G5, both of which support Quick Charge 3.0.

However, the OnePlus motto is 'Never Settle,' and Dash Charge has other benefits.

What benefits?

Dash Charge goes about its business slightly differently to some other quick charging systems. Like Quick Charge 3.0, it produces a larger electrical current (this time 5V/4A for 20W) rather than increasing the pressure, which results in a more stable and consistent charge.

This means that the charging process remains fast whilst you're using your phone – even if it's for high-intensity tasks like gaming.

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The heat is off

The other advantage to Dash Charge is that it removes the kind of alarming heat build-up we've seen before in quick charging standards.

One of the ways in which it does this is by moving all the heat management and dissipation process to the charger, rather than leaving it to the phone to handle as other quick charging standards tend to do.

But you'll need special gear

To take advantage of Dash Charge, you'll need a special charger – the official OnePlus Dash Charge Adapter that comes bundled with the OnePlus 3. Without that, you're out of luck, as OnePlus isn't opening its technology out to third-party manufacturers.

You'll also need a bespoke cable to use Dash Charge, one that's thicker so it can squeeze through those extra amps.

Make sure you don't lose either accessory, though, as a new OnePlus Dash Charge Adapter costs £15.99, while the Dash Charge Type-C Cable will set you back £12.99.

Buy Now: Dash Charger at Amazon.co.uk from £12.99 | Amazon.com from $14

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VOOC

How did OnePlus come up with Dash Charge?

OnePlus is a relatively small startup manufacturer, so you might be surprised that it has the time and resources to come up with its own quick charging standard.

That's because it didn't. Rather, it turned to unofficial parent company Oppo for help.

Oppo has its own quick charging technology called VOOC, which you'll find in the likes of the Oppo R9 and the Oppo F1 Plus. Dash Charge is essentially a licensed version of that, but with OnePlus's own name attached.

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Let us know what you think of OnePlus' new charging standard in the comments.

Riddlemethis

June 24, 2016, 11:09 pm

there is nothing trustworthy about trusted reviews when they over sensationalized and boost the hype about a product. they write "ONEPLUS REFUSES TO SETTLE" Settle for what? Talk about blatant bias and this blog is nothing more than free advertising for oneplus

as far as their dash charger is considered. like everything, there are consequences. i strongly suspect the more you use dashcharge, the more wear on your battery. good luck in replacing the battery early adopters.

Thomas W

July 28, 2016, 1:00 pm

The article says: "The other advantage to Dash Charge is that it removes the kind of alarming heat build-up we've seen before in quick charging standards. One of the ways in which it does this is by moving all the heat management and dissipation process to the charger, rather than leaving it to the phone to handle as other quick charging standards tend to do."

What is meant by "heat management"? And "heat dissapation? And how can you move that to the charger? Perhaps it's just me not understanding this, but I suspect the author doesn't either. The explanation does not make sense :/

Could you please explain what is really meant here?

Sincerely

Stench

August 17, 2016, 12:21 pm

I just keep my battery under 90% charge and never below 10%.

Mur John-Paul

October 5, 2016, 2:45 pm

It is Oneplus (the companies) motto "Never Settle"

Parkash Singh

January 23, 2017, 1:27 pm

i wanted to know if we use dash charger with other quick charge 3.0 devices (mi5) , would it be equally efficient ?

Alex Rockemer

February 8, 2017, 12:08 pm

Moden phones shut of the charge at 100% and will only top up if the batteries drop be low 99 to 95 percent depending on the company and the tweaks they make to the OS and/or the chips on the powerboard on the phone!

Alex Rockemer

February 8, 2017, 12:38 pm

It will not give you either QC or VOOC/DASH charge speeds but standard safe charging!

BTW OPPO owns 1+ and makes all the 1+ stuff including the Dash Chargers, Dash is just 1+ name for OPPO's VOOC charging tech so you can use an OPPO Charger on a 1+3 device at full speed or a Dash Charger on an OPPO phone at full speed!

QuickCharge uses more Volts but lower Amps, Dash/VOOC uses higher amps but lower Volts so they are not compatible!

BTW more volts means more electrical resistance and so creates more heat which is bad for the battery and electronics in general while amps still create heat they create much less then volts!

Watts is Volts times Amps you need both to create a current, Think of Volts as the size of a river while amps is the speed of the river, you can fill a dam with a bigger but slower river or a smaller but faster river but both will supply the same amount of water over a certain amount of time but one will be quicker!

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