Oppo unveiled the VOOC charging technology back in 2014 and has maintained it as a separate branch of fast charging since. This is about to change under the Flash Initiative, which is started in collaboration with accessory maker Anker, chip maker NXP Semiconductors and car maker FAW-Volkswagen.
The Flash Initiative will license the proprietary Oppo technology to third party makers. Products with VOOC will be certified for safety and compliance by CTTL, one of China’s largest technology certification laboratories. CTTL has already awarded Oppo’s VOOC tech a 5-star safety rating and it will continue to test third party products to ensure they are up to snuff.
The Flash Initiative will start off with a three-pronged entry into the market. Anker, known for its chargers and power banks, will enable VOOC fast charging at home. FAW-Volkswagen sells VW cars in China and soon they’ll have VOOC charging for driver’s and passengers’ phones. NXP will focus on creating VOOC-enabled PCB assemblies so that others can easily integrate them into cars, public spaces and even industrial settings.
They will have access to Oppo’s wired and wireless charging technologies. As a reminder, here is the current lineup of chargers.
On the small end, there’s the 50W Mini SuperVOOC charger that is only 10 mm thick and weighs 60g, but can still provides enough juice for ultra portable laptops (and phones, of course). At the big end is the 125W Flash charger and as a fast wireless option there’s the 65W AirVOOC charger.
All of these use dual-cell batteries with multiple charge pumps and low voltage charging, plus several temperature sensors. The 125W charger can fill a 4,000 mAh battery in 20 minutes, the 65W wireless charger can do it in 30 minutes.
It’s not clear if phone makers will be joining the Flash Initiative. Currently VOOC is used (under various brand names) by the companies under the BBK umbrella.
That’s still plenty of users – VOOC charging technology is supported by over 30 smartphone models that are in the hands of over 175 million users around the world.