- No matter how good the display, the cameras, and the raw performance on a device is, a poor battery life overshadows everything.
- Most smartphone manufacturers tackle this problem by including bigger batteries and offering support for fast charging.
- Apple introduced fast charging on the iPhones starting with the iPhone 8 by including support for the USB-PD (Power Delivery) specification.
- Irrespective of the fast charger you plan to use with your iPhone, make sure you have a fast-charging compatible cable to get faster charging speeds.
- For more such buying guides, check our Buying Guide hub.
While smartphones continue to get smarter, one thing about them that still bothers a lot of people is the battery life. No matter how good the display, the cameras, and the raw performance on a device is, a poor battery life overshadows all of it and adversely affects the whole experience. Most smartphone manufacturers, these days, are tackling this problem by including bigger batteries on their devices and offering support for fast charging — that way, the large capacity batteries can charge quickly.
On the iPhone side of things, even though Apple introduced support for fast charging on the iPhones starting with the iPhone 8, it was only the iPhone 11 Pro and the 11 Pro Max that came with an 18W USB-C fast charger in the box. For, the models before the iPhone 8 included a 5W adapter, and the company’s latest offering, the iPhone 12 series, ditched bundling in a charging brick in favor of the environment — leaving a majority of users with no other option but to purchase a charger separately.
So, if you are on the look for a charger for your new iPhone 12, or any other model, here’s a guide to help you pick the best fast charger for your iPhone.
What iPhone models support fast charging?
- iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
- iPhone X / iPhone XR
- iPhone XS / XS Max
- iPhone SE 2020
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max
What you need to know about iPhone fast chargers?
Apple introduced fast charging on the iPhones starting with the iPhone 8 by including support for the USB-PD (Power Delivery) specification. As a reason, these models (theoretically) support charging up to 22W. What this means is that if you buy a charger that supports fast-charging, you should be able to charge your iPhone up to 50% in around 30 minutes, as per Apple. So, when you choose a charger, make sure it supports USB-C Power Delivery.
Besides that, there are a few more things that you must keep in mind when buying a charger. First, irrespective of the fast charger you plan to use with your iPhone, make sure you have a fast-charging compatible cable to get faster-charging speeds. This can either be the original Apple (USB-C to lightning) cable or a third-party fast-charging compatible cable from a trusted brand. Similarly, you also need to make up your mind on how many devices you plan to charge with this charger. And based on that, you need to pick a charger with that many ports.
Lastly, with the introduction of the GaN technology in chargers of late, you might be tempted to try out these chargers for their (relatively) smaller form factor and improved efficiency. However, you should know that these advantages do cost you a lot more than traditional chargers. And so, if you are on a budget, you are better off using a regular fast charger for your iPhone.
Best iPhone Fast Chargers
1. Apple USB-C (20W) adapter
If you are someone who does not want to get out of the Apple ecosystem, their 20W USB-C power adapter is what you should get. The charger offers only one USB-C port (with PD) and offers guaranteed compatibility to work on all iPhones that support fast charging. To use it, all you need is a USB-C to lightning cable. You get this cable if you have an iPhone 11 (Pro) and or above model. However, if you have an older model, you need to buy the cable separately.
Buy Apple USB-C (20W) adapter
2. Anker Nano (20W) Charger
As the name suggests, the Nano iPhone Charger from Anker is a pretty compact charger. In fact, it is the smallest fast charger out there for the iPhone, coming in at just 1-inch at 30g. If you remember the 5W Apple adapter, the Nano is pretty much identical but with way higher output. Being a nano-size adapter, the charger comes with only one USB-C (PD) port that offers a maximum output of 20W. Moreover, it also employs Anker’s PowerIQ technology, which enables it to intelligently detect the connected device to deliver charge accordingly.
Buy Anker Nano 20W Charger
3. Aukey Minima (18W) Charger
Similar to the Anker Nano, another compact iPhone charger with fast charging support is the Aukey Minima. However, unlike the Anker Nano, which offers a maximum output of 20W, the Aukey Minima limits it to 18W. You get one USB-C (PD) port that promises to charge the iPhone 12 from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes. One of the plus points about the charger is that it comes with foldable prongs that make it more convenient to carry around.
Aukey Minima 18W Charger
4. Aukey Swift (18W) iPhone Charger
Another fast-charging enabled charger for the iPhone from Aukey is their 18W Swift charger. But, unlike the company’s other offering (Minima) or any other charger on this list, the Aukey Swift is the most affordable fast charger for iPhones out there. The charger comes with one USB-C (PD) port and offers up to 18W output. It features foldable prongs, which make it convenient to store and carry around. Moreover, another neat option with the Aukey Swift is that it comes in two variants: with cable and without cable. So, if you do not have a USB-C to lightning cable, you can get the charger with the bundled cable, without having to buy the two things separately.
Price: $9.34 (without cable) $19.99 (with cable)
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5. RavPower PD Pioneer (30W) Charger
If you are on the look for a multi-point charger that you can use to charge more than one device at the same time, the RavPower PD Pioneer charger is an option to consider. It has a compact build, and the folding prongs further make it convenient to carry around. The charger offers a maximum of 30W output, with 18W over USB-C (PD) and 12W over (USB-A) port. Since it can charge two devices simultaneously, it employs multi-charging protection to protect the connected devices against over-voltage and short-circuiting due to high charging speeds.
Buy RavPower PD Pioneer 30W
6. Anker PowerPort PD2 (30W) Charger
Besides RavPower, another multi-port charger with fast charging support is the PowerPort PD2 from Anker. Similar to the Pioneer 30W, the PowerPort PD2 also offers a maximum of 30W output, with an 18W output via USB-C (PD) and a 12W output over USB-A. Besides, it also has Anker’s PowerIQ technology on board to intelligently detect the connected device and charge it with the required power. What’s more, the charger uses multi-protect safety to protect the connected devices.
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7. Anker PowerPort Atom PD1 (30W) Charger
If you are looking to get the latest GaN-powered fast chargers, Anker’s got you covered with their PowerPort Atom PD1. The charger has a fairly small and compact form factor. It features a single USB-C (PD) port that offers up to 30W of output. The company suggests that the charger is optimized for iPhones, which allows it to charge iPhones 2.5x faster than the stock (5W) charger. Similar to other Anker chargers, the PowerPort Atom PD1 also offers multi-protect safety protection to keep your devices protected.
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8. RAVPower (65W) PD Charger
Another GAN-enabled fast charger option on the list comes from RAVPower, and it is their 65W PD charger. If you want an all-around charger that can charge your iPhone and iPad, as well as your MacBook, this is the charger you should consider. It offers two ports, which allow you to charge two devices simultaneously, with the USB-C port offering PD up to 65W and the USB-A port coming in with 18W QuickCharge 3.0. And as already mentioned, it is based on the GaN technology, which makes it compact and more efficient.
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9. AMX XP 60 (62W) Charger
AMX is an Indian brand with a wide catalog of products including cables and chargers. And their XP 60 is one good option to consider if you are on the look for an all-around charger to charge different devices such as your iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. It features four ports and offers a maximum output of 65W, with one USB-C (PD) port that delivers up to 45W and three USB-A ports offering 17W, so you can charge multiple devices at the same time.
Price: Rs 1,899
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10. Stuffcool Napoleon PD65 (65W) GaN Charger
Stuffcool is another Indian brand that has products across different categories. The Napoleon PD65 (review) is their latest fast charger, based on the GaN technology. You get two ports on this charger, with one USB-C (PD) port that delivers up to 65W output and one USB-A port with 18W (QC) output. However, when used simultaneously, the delivery on the USB-C port goes down to 45W. And since it uses GaN, it is quite compact.
Price: Rs 3,900
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