Want to fast-charge your iPhone 8 on the cheap? Here are 5 compatible USB-PD adapters

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. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will load your iPhone 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). 

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 and USB-PD on the market that can top up your fancy new iPhone in no time.

Related phones

iPhone 8
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1821 mAh(14h talk time)
iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

It's pretty mess up finally catch up on feature that android has had for years(even on non flagships) and not include the fast charger. Even worst charging some $80+ when most replacement android fast chargers are > $20

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Greedy as always, I don’t remember when’s the last time I ever was of Apple releasing a new product. Maybe when they first announced the retina MacBook Pro?

17. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Not really. Most of tgose fast chargers are less than 30W/3-5A and in many cases are 15W/2.1-3A. The bricks that ship with Motorola Z Force phones are 30W @ 5.7A and cost $30-40usd if purchased separately. The regular Moto Z ships with a 15W charger and costs less if purchased separately. So USB-PD chargers aren't that expensive.

21. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

15watt charger should already charge the phone about 3 times as fast the puny 5watt charger iPhones ship with..... Apple could have at least redesign the charger they have been selling for like what, 6 years now?

22. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The point is that the Apple fast charger is 29W which means the price isn't all that bad considering and those chargers that cost less than $20 are 10-15W @ 2.4-3A charging. Yeah the 15W/ 3A charger would charge the iPhone very quickly especially since the capacity of the battery is less than 2800mAH. A 29W should charge the new iPhones quicker than the quick charge on my Moto Z Force... or at least it should.

28. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Only in theory. The software and the hardware controls how fast it would actually charge. Samsung chargers aren't even 15W and yet charge a 3300 battery in 1:40 mins. The S7 edge in 88 mins and the Note 7 on 108 mins.

30. KingSam

Posts: 1516; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I doubt the phone uses the full 29W think sheep. Apple already had those for the 12" macbook. They were too lazy to introduce a lower wattage brick or maybe for consistency and the higher margins. Most phones use like 15-20W so an iPhone with tiny battery and 29w should charge instantly.

26. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Because they are standard and don't need Apple proprietary lightning connector on the end; which raises the cost of an Apple charger.

27. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

How does this compare to Samsung's inbox fast chargers?

8. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well nobody cares about what regular phones had, has, have or will have.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Android smartphones aren't regular phones... If that's what you're implying here.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nobody cares because of Android phone are reliable and do have affordable choices to mobile computing. While everyone is on to Apple because it's such an outrageously expensive and poorly made product that makes it a ultimate whipping boy, their fans the fool.

12. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

They haven't caught up yet. Even with just 2716 Mah, the iPhone 8 Plus still takes 2 hours to go from 0 to 100% with an optional fast charger. That's still 14% longer than the S8+ which has to charge a 29% larger capacity. In fact, it's still 10% longer than the 2 year old S6 Edge +, while the latter also has to charge a 10% larger capacity. Oh and the first reports say that the iPhones have more heat issues still, both for fast charging and wireless charging.

14. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

And how fast those things get to 90 % ? That is like 40 minutes less than 100 on the iPhone. And how fast those charge with the screen on ?

29. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

It is claimed the Galaxy doesn't fast charge when the screen is on, but simply says it does. It is a lie. Yes it takes longer to charge while the screen is on, because the screen is draining power as the phone is charging, as does any product. But it still charges faster than it would vs using a standard charger. The Note 8 with a 30% larger battery charges full in 1:40 or 100 mins. The iPhone 8+ too 200 mins with a smaller battery. What APple did, is they chose not to license Qualcomm's fast charge tech and made their own or found some cheap chinese company with inferior hardware to use.

18. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Even when using the 30W charger? Damn that's pretty pathetic as my Moto Z Force takes a little over an hour to go from close to 0 to 100% and the battery is much larger than that of the iPhone 8.

20. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Well said bruh. In fact world renowned 1+5 dash charger is just $25 here in India after taxes where as, Apple 29W adapter & USB-C to lightning cable is $110 after taxes. I mean are you F***ing serious? And if something happens to the phone after using these 3rd party chargers, Apple will void warranty & will say "You are charging it wrong". Worst part period is, this gets a freaking 9.2 in iPA review..:O

25. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The Note 8 took 1:40 charge from 1% vs the iPhone taking longer with a smaller battery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yArWMchkBK8

3. maherk

Posts: 7054; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It won't take long before Apple push a software update that blocks these chargers.

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

That will be so jacked up

6. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

BTW the real fast charging is not only more powerful charger. On my phone I also turn on fast-charging mode on the settings. This here will destroy the batteries. Why the media promote it??? That's evil.

31. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Your claim is false. Fast charging batteries don't ruin them because they are designed to be fast charged. This has been repeated over and over again. You're being evil because you don't know what you are talking about. https://www.qualcomm.com/products/features/quick-charge/faq Q4: Can Quick Charge hurt my smartphone's battery? A: Quick Charge operates within the design parameters of batteries found in most smartphones. It is just charging the battery the way it is designed to be charged. Device manufacturers build smartphones with a specific battery that can accept a specific level of charge. The battery size and maximum current of each battery are design decisions made by the manufacturer and can vary from smartphone to smartphone, tablet to tablet and so on. However, traditional battery charging technology does not come close to the full power requirements of today's large batteries. Quick Charge is designed to allow device manufacturers to achieve the full rated capability of the batteries they choose while still meeting the performance and safety standards set by the battery manufacturer. Please explain why a manufacturer would include a feature that would break the device? Can you explain that? Would Ferrari put tires rated for speeds up too 80MPH for a car that goes 200MPH knowing you likely will do more than 80? Does that make sense to you?

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Might actually happen, software update in the past eliminated some 3rd party chargers.

15. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

They can’t.....just as they could never block the power delivery of normal USB cables

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So you can't use a Samsung Fast charging adapter? does the standard USB-A to Lightning cable not support it?

7. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Great support, but a 12W iPad charger is probably the golden middle road for me.

11. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

See #6

13. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Has been using that for years - no, batteries have not imploded in capacity. If Apple allows for higher power than 5W no problem, why not use up to 15 now with much newer batteries ? Does not see a problem there.

16. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Why then I have to switch to 'fast charging' mode on my phone ? Use logic. BTW I guess even the battery a special for fast charging use.

19. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Damn what pieces of s**t to include fast charging but not even include one in the box so that people can just pay more money to buy it separately.. but of course everyone in the iSheep will defend it..

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