Years after its mass adoption, smartphone charging via USB-C remains a mess of proprietary charging standards, plugs, and cable issues. OnePlus chargers used to be one of the worst offenders for not playing nice with other gadgets, but the OnePlus Warp Charge 65 Power Adapter changes all that. In addition to blazing-fast proprietary charging tech, the charger fully embraces the latest and greatest universal USB PD PPS charging standard.
The Warp Charge 65 plug is provided out of the box with the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 9 series smartphones but is also available to purchase separately. Should you bother opting for OnePlus’ latest accessory to power your other gadgets? Find out in this OnePlus Warp Charge 65 Power Adapter review.
What you need to know about the OnePlus Warp Charge 65 Power Adapter
- OnePlus Warp Charge 65 Power Adapter: $34.99/£37.99/€39.99/Rs. 1,990
OnePlus’ Warp Charge 65 Power Adapter is primarily designed to deliver 65W (10V, 6.5A) of charging power to the company’s latest smartphones. However, it also supports fast charging standards for a wider range of USB-C gadgets, including more power-hungry tablets and laptops.
The new Warp Charge plug is backward compatible with existing OnePlus smartphones and will continue to fast charge them. Here’s the full of compatible products from OnePlus’ website:
- Warp Charge 65: OnePlus 8T / 9 / 9 Pro
- Warp Charge 30: OnePlus 7 Pro / 7T / 7T Pro / Nord / N10
- Fast Charge: OnePlus 3 / 3T / 5 / 5T / 6 / 6T / 7 / N100
The Warp Charge 65 is available exclusively in white. Sadly, OnePlus doesn’t bundle one of its swanky-looking red cables with the plug when you buy it as a standalone product. But it plays nice enough with third-party USB-C cables, at least when charging USB Power Delivery gadgets. You’ll need a 6A or higher rated cable to super-fast-charge the OnePlus 9.
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Warp Charge isn’t just for proprietary charging anymore. OnePlus’ Warp Charge 65 plug supports the far more universal USB Power Delivery and up-and-coming USB PD PPS standards. That’s right, this is one of the few plugs on the market that can actually charge the latest Samsung phones at full speed.
OnePlus’ latest plug is a solid option for charging pretty much any USB-C gadget you have. As well as charging the OnePlus 9 series at 65W, I obtained 25W speeds on a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and 20W on an Apple iPhone 12 Max. My testing doesn’t quite match OnePlus’ touted 84.88% energy efficiency rating, but the 81.49% rating I observed is still pretty good.
|OnePlus Warp Charge 65 Test||Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra||Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max||Microsoft Surface Book X||Honor MagicBook Pro|
|USB Power Test||25W / 25W||20W / 20W||35.1W / 60W||40.9W / 65W|
|Voltage & Current||9.28V, 2.77A||8.76V, 2.39A||19.4V, 1.81A||19.4V, 2.11A|
|Charging Standard||USB PD PPS||USB PD 3.0||USB PD 3.0||USB PD 3.0|
|Power from wall||29.8W||27.1W||43.4W||50.2W|
|Energy Efficiency||86.3%, very good.||77.3%, so-so.||80.9%, OK.||81.5%, OK.|
It’s also an incredibly well-built charger. The plastic casing feels plenty sturdy and it won’t scratch easily if you throw it in your bag. It’s also small and lightweight enough to be a portable travel companion. That said, it’s definitely not the most compact charger on the market right now.
What’s not so good?
The only real drawback here is that OnePlus doesn’t maximize the potential of the plug’s 65W charging capabilities. USB PD and PPS gadgets are capped at 45W of power. While this is still enough to charge up most phones and tablets quickly, 60W+ laptops with larger batteries will take a bit longer to charge than their boxed chargers.
I also wouldn’t have minded a second USB-C port to make the most of the charger’s available power for charging two phones at once. Granted, this would have cost more to implement — especially with USB PD PPS — and would have pushed the charger into the more expensive end of the market. However, at $34.99, we’re already pretty close to the charging hub price bracket.
It’s also worth noting that there’s no Qualcomm Quick Charge onboard or support for other USB-A-based charging standards here. So this perhaps isn’t a one-stop fast charger for every USB gadget you own.
OnePlus Warp Charge 65 Power Adapter review: Should I buy it?
OnePlus’ latest charging accessory is a solid pick for OnePlus smartphone owners looking for a more universal plug to cater to their laptop and other charging needs. It’s also a pretty good pick for anyone looking for a future-proof USB Power Delivery charger. Just don’t expect 65W of power for anything except OnePlus’ latest smartphones.
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Price-wise, the OnePlus Warp Charge 65 adapter is a little more expensive than some options. But it’s certainly not overpriced for a branded accessory, and USB PD PPS support makes it a better deal than many other plugs on the market right now — including those from well-established charging brands.
This is proprietary charging done right.
However, if you’re after solid 45W charging for USB Power Delivery and PPS gadgets, the Elecjet Super Fast Charger remains our top and more affordable pick at the moment. Those who need even more power for laptop charging and the like would do well to check out the Anker PowerPort III Pod or RavPower PD Pioneer.
Proprietary charging the right way
- $34.99 at OnePlus