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It also depends on usage of phone. Heavy users are going to deplete charge cycles more often. The m8 doesn't get as much SOT as my note4 and also in the last year or so I've gone from heavy user to moderate to almost user as far as depleting my battery. I use the charger that came with my m8 and Samsung's onlder 2.1amp charger on my m8. Also my m8 usage is mostly light browsing when other phones being charged or my music/USB music player so it doesn't get heavy usage nor charged harder. My note4 uses 2.1amp and adaptive fast charger. My m8 probably won't see noticeable degradation for another year or two at least. My note4 OTOH probably sees degradation in about a year since I use my phone more than an average user. I'd be more concerned about it on m8 since it's battery isn't user swappable. My note4 OTOH doesn't bother me much. I bought another note4 a couple months ago. I put new battery in my black note4 and my new white note4 got the old battery since it being utilized as high quality dashcam. I also have two spare Samsung batteries on tap. QC is more hamful to users without swappable batteries so I'd try and use chargers that wouldn't heat up battery and pushes more current. OEM batteries are cheap and higher quality and still cheap so it's of no consequence to note4's.
There is no avoiding the charge cycles for sure. Every battery has a limited life, no matter how you charge it. Hell, even if you don't use it, it starts degrading after some years. So the question isn't really if QC is bad for the battery. Which it probably is..excessive heat is never a good idea But whether or not it matters for you.
If you're gonna keep the phone for many years, it would probably be more wise to choose a slower charging method to keep the battery in as good health as possible, since it's so difficult to replace yourself.
And if you're the type who replaces their phone every 2 years anyway (like me ), then it doesn't really matter and you should just stop worrying and use the phone as you wish.
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