Tuesday , July 17 2018


When the Google Pixel 2 XL was first announced it was thought that it would support a massive 27W charging speed but unfortunately according to Benson Leung they will only support 18W. Now, another analysis has surfaced showing that it supports a LOT less.

Google+ USB analyst Nathan K. has checked out the Pixel 2 XL on the “18W” charger shipped by Google with the phone and found it to be functioning at well below expected levels. Using the 15/18W OEM charger for the Google Pixel 2 XL he found that the charging was capped at just 10.5W and then once the battery reached 65% the charging speed dropped exponentially.

Nathan K. suspects this may be due to Google or LG trying to prolong battery life given the battery degradation issues the Nexus 6P (and many Pixel 1) owners are experiencing. The conservative charging speed will result in the battery seeing much lower temperatures as seen below.

The end results show that the maximum temperature the battery is set to reach while charging is 32.6 degrees Celcius with the charging speed capped at 10.5W — a fair way below the 15W/18W charger that ships with the phone. Interestingly the phone does “hog” 27W (9 volts at 3 amps) when using an aftermarket USB-PD charger such as the 87W Apple charger. Although it requests this power from the Apple charger it will never exceed 2 amps on output.

While it is not a bad thing to try to extend battery life it makes you wonder why Google included such a powerful charger with the phone if they were not going to use it. It has been suggested that there may be a Linux kernel upstream fix coming that will allow faster charging but at this stage nothing has been announced.

We are yet to hear from noted USB-C advocate Benson Leung or officially from Google so this is all speculation but one thing is definite, the Pixel 2 XL will NOT charge at the full speeds expected of it due to internal sensors.

Source: Nathan K..

Scott Plowman   Associate Editor

Scott is our modding guru - he has his finger on the pulse of all things ‘moddable’, pointing us towards all the cutting edge mods hacks that are available. When he’s not gymming it up, or scanning the heck out of Nexus devices, you'll find him on the Ausdroid Podcast.

Outside of Ausdroid, Scott's a health care professional and lecturer at a well known Victorian university.

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Can anyone tell me if I buy Pixel phone from JBHIFI, can Google store do the warranty for me?

JamieS5555
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I’m pretty sure you have to take it back to JB and they onforward it to Google for you. That was the case with the original Pixel when I contacted Google re Warranty claim.

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Actually Terry I bought my Pixel XL from JBHIFI and when I had an issue with the headphone port I contacted Google support. They gave me the option of returning it to JBHIFI or they would do the swap directly. I sent mine back to Google Hong Kong and they sent me a new one after mine had arrived.

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I went an had another look at the Pixel 2 phones today at JB and they just don’t feel and look as premium as the gen 1 Pixels. I don’t like the plastic coating on them, or the design and the XL is such a large phone. I love the camera and the speed but I’m just not feeling it this year. How are the Pixel 2 owners out there feeling?

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I’m going to hold onto my Pixel XL and hope next years are better constructed.

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