It has been discovered that low temperature can affect the Google Pixel 2 XL’s rapid charging functionality. It was first highlighted by Google Product Forums and then confirmed by Android Police. Google’s Pixel 2 XL Charges Slower in Cold Temperature.
Android Police readers reported that Google’s Pixel 2 XL charges at significantly slower speeds when it’s not at an ideal temperature. At temperatures under 68-degrees Fahrenheit, the phone’s charging speed decreases to just 3-4W from the maximum of 18W. While it is not known for sure if the smaller Pixel 2 is affected by this, though.
Google’s Pixel 2 XL Charges Slower in Cold Temperature
According to Pixel 2 XL users on the Pixel User Community who have notices that chilly winter temperatures slow down the charging rate, has also given the confirmation of Android Police‘s report.
Pixel User Community member Krzysztof Borczuch said:
“I’ve noticed that each time my battery temperature is below about 20°C the phone would charge at about 750 mA. But if the temperature is around about 22-23°C at the time the charger is connected the phone would charge at much higher 3 A, The battery cell temperature seems to impact charging current not only at the time charging starts but also in the middle of the charging session. I’ve found this rule to be very consistent on my phone.”
According to Borczuch, solution to the problems is to simply warm up the handset with a bit of smartphone TLC. However, the Pixel 2 XL has been blighted by all manner of problems since its release in November.