Fast charge your iPhone easily with ENBLE.

Fast charge your iPhone easily with ENBLE.

Fast Charging Your iPhone: A Quick Guide to Power Up in No Time

iPhone with USB-C Cable Image source: Andrew Martonik / ENBLE

Do you find yourself constantly worrying about your iPhone’s battery life? Are you tired of waiting hours for your phone to charge? Well, you’re not alone. While modern iPhones do offer respectable battery life, certain usage patterns and older batteries can pose a challenge. That’s where fast charging comes in to save the day.

Understanding Fast Charging and Its Limitations

Apple 30W Charger Image source: Joe Maring/Digital Trends

Fast charging utilizes USB Power Delivery (USB PD), a newer USB technology, to optimize power management and achieve charging speeds much faster than traditional chargers. However, Apple has been relatively slow in adopting fast charging technology for the iPhone.

Until recently, Apple included a 5W charger that was not capable of fast charging with most iPhone models. The only exceptions were the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, which came bundled with a USB-C fast charger. So, users had to buy a separate adapter if they wanted to experience the fastest charging speeds.

But let’s address the elephant in the room – just how fast is fast charging? Apple claims that it can refill up to 50% of your iPhone’s battery in just 30 minutes, allowing you to say goodbye to waiting for your phone to charge or the anxiety of leaving the house with low battery.

However, it’s important to note that while Apple has made significant progress in fast charging, other smartphone manufacturers have already pushed the limits even further. Some Android makers offer charging speeds of up to 125W, allowing for a full charge in just 20 minutes. So, Apple may have some catching up to do in this area.

Which iPhones Support Fast Charging?

iPhone 14 Pro Max Image source: Joe Maring/Digital Trends

To determine if your iPhone supports fast charging, here’s a breakdown of the different iPhone models:

  • Fast charging iPhones that were not sold with a fast charger: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR (before October 2020), iPhone 11 (before October 2020), and iPhone SE (2020) (before October 2020).

  • Fast charging iPhones that were sold with a fast charger: iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

  • Fast charging iPhones that are not sold with any charger: iPhone XR (after October 2020), iPhone 11 (after October 2020), iPhone SE (2020) (after October 2020), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, and iPhone SE (2022).

It’s worth noting that charging speeds can vary between iPhone models, and even within the same model over time. Apple’s hardware improvements and software updates can lead to significant differences in charging capabilities. For example, tests have shown that the iPhone 11 Pro Max, released in 2019, could charge at 22.5W with USB PD, faster than Apple’s stated standard. With the latest iPhone 14 Pro Max, the peak charging rate has increased to nearly 29W. Fast charging also works with various iPad models, providing faster charging for your iPad as well.

Apple’s Official Fast Charger Setup

While Apple doesn’t include a fast charger with most iPhones, they do offer an official fast charging setup that you can purchase separately. Here’s what you’ll need:

The Cable

USB-C to Lightning Cable

To begin fast charging your iPhone, you’ll need a USB-C to Lightning cable. While Apple now includes this cable with newer iPhones, you can buy it separately for older models. Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cables come in one- and two-meter versions and are guaranteed to work seamlessly with your iPhone.

The Power Adapter

Apple 20W Power Adapter

Along with the fast-charging cable, you’ll require a specific charging brick. Apple offers a 20-watt USB-C power adapter with a USB-C port designed specifically for fast charging iPhones. This adapter is available separately for $29. If you already have a newer MacBook or iPad with a USB-C charging block, you can use it for fast charging your iPhone as well.

It’s important to note that you don’t need an adapter stronger than 30W for fast charging your iPhone. Even the latest iPhones can handle a 29W charge under ideal conditions. However, having a more powerful adapter can add future-proofing as Apple continues to push the boundaries of fast charging technology.

Exploring Alternative Options

Anker Nano 3 30W USB-C Power Adapter

Apple isn’t the only player in the fast charging game. Several alternative options offer the same performance at a lower price or with additional features. Here are a few notable alternatives to consider:

Alternative Charging Cables

Nomad Lightning Cable

While there are limitations on third-party USB-C to Lightning cables due to Apple’s strict regulations, one recommended option is Nomad’s USB-C to Lightning cable. This rugged cable features a protective Kevlar braid and additional connector protection, ensuring durability and longevity.

Alternative Power Adapters

Various power adapter options are available with USB-C ports and enough power to support fast charging. Anker Nano 3 30W USB-C Power Adapter, for example, is a compact and affordable choice that delivers more than enough power for fast charging your iPhone.

Wireless Charging: Cutting the Cord

iPhone on MagSafe Charger

If you prefer a wireless charging solution, there are options available, although they generally offer slower charging speeds compared to wired chargers. Standard Qi wireless charging pads can deliver up to 7.5 watts of power to your iPhone. However, if you have an iPhone 12 or newer, you can take advantage of Apple’s MagSafe feature, offering charging speeds of up to 15W.

When choosing a MagSafe charger, make sure it is certified by Apple to ensure you’re getting the faster charging speeds. Belkin, Mophie, and Scosche are established Apple partners that offer genuine MagSafe chargers. Additionally, consider chargers that are compatible with both MagSafe and other non-Apple devices.

Final Charging Tips

To ensure smooth and safe charging, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Avoid charging your iPhone in hot environments as higher temperatures can damage the battery and slow down charging speed.
  • Enable Airplane Mode to speed up the charging process.
  • Use a wall outlet or power strip for faster charging compared to a computer.

By following these tips and choosing the right charging setup for your needs, you can ensure that your iPhone is always ready to go, without the hassle of long charging times or low battery anxiety.

Note: The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. The performance of specific products may vary, and it is essential to use charging accessories from reputable brands and follow manufacturer guidelines.