If You Have A Newer iPhone, You Should Consider Fast Charging

For reasons that nobody fully understands, Apple includes a 5W charger in the box of every iPhone that they sell. The problem with that is that is that if you have an iPhone 8 or later, you can actually “fast charge” your iPhone. Meaning that you can get 50% of a charge in 30 minutes according to Apple. And about 90 minutes to get a phone fully charged. Because a fast charger doesn’t come in the box, owners of those super expensive iPhones are forced to buy a fast charger from Apple. And they aren’t cheap. Just see what it costs for an Apple 29W, 30W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapter and associated USB-C to Lightning cable in your neck of the woods.

Now why is that a big deal? Pretty much every flagship phone on the Android side of the fence comes with a fast charger in the box. Not to mention substantially downmarket Android phones costing as little as $300 come with fast chargers. So Apple has really dropped the ball here. Doubly so now that Apple now sells phones that are so expensive.

So if you want to fast charge your iPhone, and you don’t want to be nickeled and dimed by Apple, here’s your choices:

  1. Get a 7.5W Qi compatible wireless charger. I personally use this one and it works quickly to get either a quick top up, or to charge my phone completely. But any Qi compatible wireless charger will work just as well. Just make sure you are running iOS 11.2 or higher and you’re good to go. One thing that I should point out is that this isn’t as fast as fast charging with a cable. But it is way better than using the dinky 5W charger in the box of your iPhone.
  2. Use a wall charger such as this one from Anker. It has great reviews on Amazon and is far cheaper than anything Apple offers. Just use the official Apple USB-C to Lightning cable and you’re good to go. Now you’re likely wondering why I am recommending a USB-C charger and a USB-C to Lighting cable. Fast charging is based around USB-C. Thus you do need USB-C devices to make this happen. And for the record, fast charging an iPhone requires at least a 15W USB-C charger. Top Tip: Try to stay away from chargers that lack Apple’s “Made for iOS” (MFi) certification because they may easily damage your iPhone battery or the phone itself. Now Anker is a quality brand that I have never had issues with. But not all brands are like that.
  3. If you have a USB-C MacBook or MacBook Pro, you can use the USB-C charger that came with it to charge your iPhone. Just use the official Apple USB-C to Lightning cable and you’re good to go.

The bottom line is this. If you have a newer iPhone, you should at least consider leveraging fast charging as that will help to keep your phone alive and working with minimal effort. The options that I have outlined should cover the use case that works best for you.

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