Xiaomi HyperCharge 200W Comes with One Disadvantage, Sacrificing Your Phone's Battery Life!
(Photo : Screenshot From Mi Website) Xiaomi HyperCharge 200W Comes with One Disadvantage, Sacrificing Your Phone's Battery Life!

Xiaomi HyperCharge 200W by far is one of the most interesting charging technologies of today. There is, however, one major disadvantage that this charger would allegedly bring on the devices that it is charging. The question is, is it fair to sacrifice speed for longevity?

Xiaomi Fast Charge Technology

Some time last month, Xiaomi had once again taken the lead within the whole smartphone market when it came down to being able to charge phones at insanely fast speeds. Xiaomi's brand new HyperCharge technology was able to charge a full 4,000 mAh phone in just about 8 minutes by maxing up the power to 200W.

According to SlashGear, of course, Xiaomi will still tout the safety mechanisms in order to stop the smartphones from blowing up but it has almost kept quiet on one massive side effect that the technology entails. Fortunately, Xiaomi still admits the side effect and that is, at least for now, their fast charger will slowly cut the users' smartphone battery life by a whopping 20% in just about two years.

Xiaomi HyperCharge 200W

Despite it remaining as an essential component of smartphones, batteries have still been considered the most unreliable component of a smartphone due to their volatile compositions. Aside from just the technically dangerous chemicals that are needed in order for them to work, batteries still degrade over time, depending on how they are used or how they are charged.

The latter is considered especially important in this particular case since batteries can degrade much faster when they generally receive higher wattage. Xiaomi explained on Weibo that the company's 200W HyperCharge tech might result in the battery only ending up with just above 80% of the smartphone's original capacity after completing just 800 charges.

Fast Charging within Chinese Regulators' Standards

If the smartphone is charged once per day, this would put the number at a little past two years but still not enough for three years. The whopping 4,000 mAh battery, would then be able to have a pretty significant 3,200 mAh capacity after around two years of usage.

Xiaomi still explains that it is still functioning within Chinese regulators' standards which state that batteries must not go below 60% after a completion of 400 cycles. In that particular context, the company's figures look quite impressive but no one really expects their smartphone's batteries to be reduced to half in just one year.

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Xiaomi HyperCharge Sacrifice

Given how people are using their phones for much longer these days, this is actually quite a big sacrifice to make. Xiaomi, however, is not the only one that is making these types of sacrifices, of course, and it is kind of an expected side effect for all particular fast-charging technologies.

The Xiaomi 200W HyperCharge, however, takes quite a big chunk out of the battery life and most unfortunately, these are compromises that users will continue to make with the state of today's battery technology. In the end, users might have to choose whether to charge their phone the regular way and preserve it for longer or use the HyperCharge and slowly sacrifice the phone's battery.

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