Although the tiny white charging brick that comes with your iPhone is portable, effective, and free, it's also painfully slow. Your iPhone can charge much faster than you think — if you have the right accessories.
After testing an iPhone X with a fast charger from Anker, we won’t be going back to the old way of charging any time soon. The iPhone’s included 5-watt power adapter took us around 3.5 hours to fully recharge our dead device — compared to just 1.3 hours with the fast charger.
If you want to achieve these faster speeds, you need to have an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X and Apple's USB-C to Lightning Cable — which will run you an additional $25 or $35 depending on if you opt for a 1- or 2-meter-long cable. There are a handful of third-party USB-C to Lightning Cables for sale online, but none are certified by Apple, so we don’t recommend using them, even if it means you can save a couple extra bucks.
After you get a USB-C cable, you’ll need a new power brick. There are several available that support USB Power Delivery (USB-PD), which is the spec you need for fast charging.
Apple sells 29-watt, 61-watt, or 87-watt USB-C power adapters (the latter two come with its latest MacBook laptops) and all of them support fast charging to recharge an iPhone up to 50% in just 30 minutes. Apple’s adapters start at $49, which is a hefty investment after factoring in the $25 for the charging cable, too.
Fortunately, Anker sells much more budget-friendly adapters that charge your iPhone just as quickly as Apple’s for half the cost.
Our favorite is the Anker PowerPort II charger. It has both a USB-C and USB-A port, so not only can it fast charge your iPhone, but your other devices, too — whether it’s a tablet, some wireless headphones, or a smartwatch. It weighs less than 3 ounces, is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and has folding prongs. The charger is even backed by an 18-month warranty.
If you don’t need two ports, Anker also has a slightly more affordable charger — the PowerPort Speed 1.
It still offers the same quick speeds, but it only has a single USB-C port. Our only complaint about Anker’s chargers is that they each have a blue LED light that glows whenever the charger is plugged into a wall. It can get annoying in a dark room, so you may want to put some electrical tape over it if you’ll use it in the bedroom.
If you're constantly tapping “dismiss” on your iPhone’s low-battery notification, a fast charger like these from Anker is a worthy investment for topping off your iPhone’s battery in a jiffy. Even if you have just 15 minutes to juice up your device before you go out, that extra boost in power from a fast charger could mean the difference between getting a Lyft or Uber home, or having to walk home in the rain with a dead phone.
More from Techpluz: