Now Google has come forward to explain how the charging on the Pixel 6 works. According to Google, “We’ve optimized Pixel’s lithium-ion battery for high charge rates when the battery level is low. Pixel 6 can get up to 50% in around 30 minutes (with Google’s 30W USB-C Power Charger), and quickly reaches up to 80% in about an hour, depending on device usage and temperature.”
They add, “The peak power that Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro draw from the wired charger is 21W and 23W, respectively. As the battery gets closer to full, charging power is gradually reduced in order to improve battery longevity.” Basically, it sounds like Google is trying to say that your phone will never hit 30W as they want to protect the phone’s battery.
The rest of their findings does seem to be in line with the testing that Android Authority had done, so hopefully users will be fine with the explanation. We’re sure that some would have wished that it would have charged at 30W, but it seems that Google has decided to prioritize battery longevity instead.