Despite the fact that your new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 is an incredibly powerful device, it still has one weak spot – an old-fashioned USB charger. Sold along with different iPhone models for years up to the present day, USB chargers are still really slow, so you might dream of an alternative way to charge your phone. And today we will talk about the cheapest and fastest charging options to save your time and nerves.
You cannot do without cables
Yes, you need one and it should have Lightning at one end and USB-C at the other. To help you make a decision which device provides the most efficient charging option in the shortest possible time, we tested a number of cables and adapters produced by Apple.
The first important conclusion we have made: be attentive when choosing a cable and a charger and forget about adapters at all. Connecting Lightning to USB-A cable into a USB-C adapter and then into a USB-C charger gives you just a small half the charging speed. Using USB-C plugged to the Lightning adapter and then into USB-C-to-USB-C cable is nothing better because this option will provide you with even slower charging. Unfortunately, adapters fail to be speed monsters.
When it comes to Apple USB-A to Lightning Cable or a USB-C one, Apple offers two options: a meter long cable and two meters long cable. However, they cannot be called cheap.
A few words about USB-C chargers
Not only a high-quality cable is necessary for the best and fastest results, but also a good USB-C charger. Since Apple doesn’t have any mobile USB-C charger to offer, we have explored some different options found on Amazon. We tested them with the help of the 87W MacBook charger, which is not very efficient due to its price and heaviness. So, we have chosen a number of the most popular chargers from Amazon, furnished with Apple’s Lightning cables. Let’s see what happened.
- iClever 30W USB-C PD charger
Affordable ($15.99) and small, iClever 30W USB-C PD charger works more than effectively. Its charge rate makes 0.153Wh per minute and it takes 40 minutes to charge your iPhone 8 and an hour to charge the iPhone 8 Plus. This small but powerful tool can compete with a bulky MacBook charger, being one of the highest rates we’ve discovered.
- Anker 30W USB-C PD charger
As well as iClever 30W USB-C PD charger, Anker offers good characteristics and high results. It is also affordable ($25.99) and small. It charges fast – 0.15Wh per minute. So your iPhone 8 will be ready for exploitation in 45 minutes while your iPhone 8 Plus will be fully charged for 70 minutes.
- Aukey Amp Duo 29W USB-C PD charger
Multifunctionality is the second name of Aukey Amp Duo charger. It is called Duo for a reason – a built-in plug-in splitter turns the USB-C port into two USB-A ports for fast charging at 2.4 amps per port.
Thus, a USB-C port will charge your empty iPhone 8 Plus at 0.15wh per minute in an hour and your iPhone 8 will be fully charged in 45 minutes. Aukey is also small, convenient and will cost you $22.99.
- Inateck 45W USB-C PD charger
This charger is more powerful than the previous ones and will be useful for those who want to charge something bigger than a mobile phone (maybe, a laptop). Inateck 45W USB-C PD charger comes at an affordable price of $28.99. However, it has a couple of minuses – it is pretty large and provides the slowest charging of all devices we have tested. With Inateck your iPhone 8 Plus will be charged for 105 minutes while your iPhone 8 will need 75 minutes to get ready for use.
- Aukey 36W USB-C PD car charger
Many busy people charge their iPhones on the road. No wonder that Aukey car charger is their favorite device. If you are used to charge your mobile phone while driving, make sure to keep Aukey in your car. It uses 12V DC power port and will charge your iPhone 8 in 45 minutes and your iPhone 8 Plus in an hour. Only $17 and your iPhone will be charged back during a short trip to a supermarket.