This year’s set of new iPhones come with glass backs and wireless charging. But a less talked about feature of the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X is even more impactful: the gift of fast charging.
Yes, a feature found on many Android phones over the last few years, and finally, iPhone users can benefit from quick battery top-ups, too.
But there’s a caveat: Apple does not bundle fast chargers with its new iPhones. That, my dear iPhone user, is a separate US$ 75 purchase.
It’s a travesty considering how much the iPhone X already costs. But if you’re in knee deep already, going the fast charging route makes sense.
Using the standard charger and Lightning cable that comes in the box, an iPhone X gets to about 18 percent from zero after a 30-minute charge. With the optional fast charger, we got close to 50 percent in the same amount of time.
For a full charge, the standard charger gets you to 100 percent in 3 hours and 30 minutes, while the fast charger takes just a wee bit more than 2 hours.
How to get fast charging on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X? You’ll need two things:
- An Apple-branded USB-C to Lightning cable — one meter (US$ 25), two meters (US$ 35). Only Apple makes this kind of cable right now, so if you find one from a third-party manufacturer, we highly recommend against it.
- An Apple 29W Adapter (US$ 49) or a compatible USB-C power adapter that supports USB Power Delivery. We recommend checking out Anker’s 30W PowerPort or the 29W Aukey Amp PD Duo. Alternately, if you own a recent MacBook or MacBook Pro, you can also use your 61W or 87W power bricks.
And that’s all there is to it. The cost is high, but all the charging time you save justifies the price you pay.
Would you spend an extra US$ 75?