The Google Pixel 2 XL has another problem: Slow charging speeds on a fast-charging device

After the display of the Pixel 2 XL, its slow charging speed seems to be the next big problem.


While we are tired of reporting the Google Pixel 2 XL’s display issues, there is now another problem that seems to be making waves online, the slow charging speeds of the fast charger.

The Pixel 2 XL just like the Pixel 2, features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. The chipset supports fast charging, which should in theory shorten those charging times, and even allow for some quick charging in tight situations, when users have little time to plug in, but a long way to go.

 The Google Pixel 2 XL has another problem: Slow charging speeds on a fast-charging device

The Google Pixel 2 devices boast of the highest rated smartphone cameras yet.

We have had a Pixel 2 unit in the office for almost a week, but it packs in a 2,700 mAh battery, that’s not too small (in comparison to an iPhone 8) and not too large (in comparison to other Android flagships either). With that, Google seems to have hit the sweet spot when it comes to fast charging, letting you juice the 2’s battery (to about 25 percent) quickly in a span of 10 to 15 minutes.

But while things appear fine in the Pixel 2 camp, users and even reviewers have reported that the charging times are really slow with the bigger Pixel 2 XL, taking as long as 2 hours and 30 minutes using the supplied quick charger, to go from 0 to 100 percent.

Yes, this is excruciatingly slow, for something that has been branded with the words, “fast-charging”.

User Nathan K who put out a lengthy explanation for the same on his social media account, said that the power tops out at 10.5 W. While this may sound decent, the non-linear approach to charging means that the power drops below 10.5 W after 65 percent, which slows down the charging process even further.

The units in the US come with an 18 W charger. So while the charger is capable of charging the smartphone a lot faster, it just won’t budge from its slow charging and will slow down even further once the battery gets charged to 65 percent.

The Google Pixel 2 XL in white. Image: Twitter/@evleaks

The Google Pixel 2 XL in white. Image: Twitter/@evleaks

According to the source, LG and Google may have gone with the slow charging speeds for the 2 XL to prevent strain on the battery, which would also increase its battery’s longevity. Still then, users can really do with a slightly faster charge, at least to keep up with Google’s charging claims.

It would be wise to note, that user who reported the problem is referring to o to 100 percent charging time. Google’s website simply mentions, “With Pixel 2, you’ll get up to 7 hours of battery life from just a 15-minute charge.” So while the full battery charge times may not be accurate, the advertised short charge time may still hold true. Google has yet to respond on the slow charging issue.


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