The best fast chargers for your iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus


While Apple's new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have fast charging circuitry built in, they ship with regular chargers that take more than two hours to top up an iPhone 8, for example, or three for the iPhone X, as you can see in out testing video above. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will load your iPhone to 50% in 30 minutes flat, but that one will cost you $49 extra.

Still, Apple does give you other options, as it lists on its official support pages that the fast-charging functionality of the new iPhones is certainly accessible by plugging in certain third-party USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) adapters, and combining them with an "Apple USB-C to Lightning" cable (sold separately for $25). That one, unfortunately, is the only one certified for the task still.

Long story short, as you can see from Apple's support pages snap below, you can fast-charge your iPhone 8, Plus or X with a third-party adapter for cheaper, that is why we are making a list of what's out there that complies with USB-PD to top up your fancy new iPhone in no time.




Apple 29W USB‑C Power Adapter ($49)


Nothing beats the official fast charger from Apple, both in terms of the highest of prices, and in peace of mind that it will offer the safest performance when coupled with the $25 USB-C-to-Lightning cable from the Cupertino gang. Don't bother splurging for the more powerful and more expensive USB-PD adapters from Apple like the 87W version - while they'll work, the difference in charging speeds will be negligible, as the new iPhones just aren't built for that type of current, since those chargers are destined for Apple's Macs.


Pros

  • Official Apple fast charger tested compliant with the iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus

Cons

  • Expensive




Apple 12W USB Power Adapter ($19)



This is the iPad charger, hence it's more powerful than the stock 5W one that comes in the box of the iPhone X. Needless to say, it will charge your phone much quicker than the one in the box, and only 15-20% slower than Apple's official 29W fast charger, according to unofficial testing. If you are fine with a bit slower charging, which still makes a night and day difference compared to the stock brick, you can save yourself a little dough, and go with this $19 iPad charger from Apple.


Pros

  • Charges much faster than the stock brick
  • Inexpensive solution compared both to the 29W Apple charger, and to third-party bricks

Cons

  • Not the fastest way to charge your iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus




Anker USB Type-C with Power Delivery 30W USB Wall Charger ($21.99)


Anker needs no introduction, as it's been making quality chargers, adapters and power banks for a while, and at a very reasonable price at that. 

Its USB-PD brick is rated at 30W, a bit higher than Apple's own adapter, yet can be fetched for half the price, making it the ideal choice for those who want to reap the complete benefits of fast charging without the buyer's remorse coming from Apple's pricing. The only ho-hum part here is that Anker's brick comes with only one output port, while for $2-$3 more you can get a USB-PD brick with two, albeit of a less-popular manufacturer.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Reputable third-party brand
  • Charges as quickly as Apple's official 29W brick
  • Folding design

Cons

  • There are fast chargers with two USB-PD outputs at this price, albeit from less known brands
         


Anker PowerCore+ 20100 Portable Charger, 6A Type-C ($65.99)



This is another favorite from Anker comes when you need to take Apple's new fast-charging prowess on the go. Slip this $65 Anker USB-PD powerbank in your backpack, and you'll be able to rapidly top up your new iPhones several times before you feel the need for an outlet. 

In addition to the iPhone X, 8 or Plus, it is also fully compatible with the new MacBook at 5V/3A. In fact, the PowerCore+ can charge a MacBook, your iPhone and an iPad once before the power bank needs recharging.

Pros

  • At only $66, it holds enough charge for a MacBook, an iPhone and an iPad
  • Fairly compact for the capacity

Cons

  • A bit heavy for carrying in a pocket at 12.56oz (356g)




AUKEY Car Charger with USB C & Power Delivery, Dual Port 36W ($16.99)



Need one for the car? Aukey's compact USB-C adapter supports Power Delivery with up to 36W, and at this price you'd want to throw one in the glove compartment right away. 

Needless to say, at this output it is able to charge your Mac rather quickly as well, so you won't need to worry about running out of steam on your freshest Apple gear with this charger plugged in any 12V outlet in your vehicle. 

At this price, you may find yourself charging the iPhone more often while driving, than sit and watch paint dry at home with the stock 5W charger that the handset comes with in the box.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Sufficient 36W output for charging your Mac as well
  • Unobtrusive, elegant design

Cons

  • Only one USB-PD output

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7 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

The best fast charger for the new iPhone would actually be the free one's that come in the box like all the other oem's that offer fast charging...

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Have you read the article or were you sarcastic? "they ship with regular chargers" So the fast charger is NOT in the box, you have to buy a fast charger separately and this doesn't include the USB-C to lightning dock cable. You have to buy it separately ($25) as well.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Lol... I have the X so I know that the fast charger is not in the box... I'm saying that it should be included at the price point of these phones like all the other oem's that include the fast charger in the box. Hell even one+ includes it with they're phone and it's half the price of the iPhone's!

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Now I see how you meant that. Your sentence made it sound like the best one is already in the box :)

4. nerdmb

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 11, 2017

That is exactly what he’s pointing out.

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I can't believe you still pushing these to bring soda as the best phone manufacturers. Samsung overtook them a long while back as the best smartphone you can get and they are cheaper, better looking and have fast chargers in the box

7. bongheng

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 13, 2017

Im not saying im a smartass but you should read more. Buy any adapters which can provide up to 18W would be fine and it can be bought at $15 or less but make sure to use with the original apple type c to lightning cable.

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