Google confirms Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro wired charging wattages
Google has outlined the charging speeds of the Pixel 6 series in a support article. As we have discussed previously, neither the Pixel 6 nor the Pixel 6 Pro can recharge at 30 W, despite Google recommending that people buy a 30 W charger for its latest smartphones.
Until now, Pixel smartphones have topped out at 18 W, a wattage that its competitors surpassed long ago. Google has confirmed that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will only ever recharge at up to 21 W and 23 W respectively, the same wattage they can pull from the company's new Pixel Stand. The Pixel Stand (2nd gen) can only send over 20 W to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with 'performance mode' activated, which switches on a small fan.
According to Google, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro recharge at peak wattages from 0-50%, roughly 30 minutes. After that point, both devices take another 30 minutes to go from 50-80%, before wattages drop again to trickle the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to 100%. Ultimately, the Pixel 6 barely recharges faster than the Pixel 5, and at a less consistent wattage.
Incidentally, Google has built Adaptive Charging and other features within Android 12 to minimise battery degradation. You can read more about 'how charging works on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro' in Google's support article.