One of the top features of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is its Warp Charge 30 fast-charging technology. While OnePlus hasn’t officially said it yet, this is definitely the successor to Fast Charge, formerly known as Dash Charge. OnePlus released a post on its forums explaining how Warp Charge 30 works and some other important details.
The name, Warp Charge is formed from a combination of its power rating (30 Watts) and the word “Warp” which is used to describe an insanely fast speed in sci-fi space movies. Warp Charge is OnePlus’s fastest charging-technology so far as it can provide up to a day’s power by charging for just 20 minutes.
Like Fast Charge, the phone (OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition) doesn’t heat up when you charge the phone using Warp Charge. This is because a large part of the power management that heats up is transferred to the wall adapter itself instead of the phone. Also, charging while gaming is equally fast too. Below are charts that show Warp Charge 30 in comparison against Adaptive Fast Charge of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and USB PD of the Google Pixel 3 XL.
If you are wondering why the regular OnePlus 6T doesn’t support Warp Charge, OnePlus says it is because they had to alter the safety mechanisms of the battery assembly in the McLaren Edition to support the additional increase in power. They also had to upgrade the components of the battery’s protection structure and added an 8-layer protection board to the battery to provide more efficient cooling.
Although older OnePlus devices can’t benefit from the faster charging speeds, the adapter that comes with the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition can be used to charge them but all you get is Fast Charge (Dash Charge) speeds. OnePlus also says you can use your older OnePlus Fast Charge adapters to charge the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition at Fast Charge speeds. Your older OnePlus cable will also be able to charge the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition at Warp Charge 30 speeds when used with the Warp Charge 30 adapter.