Apple is now selling a standalone $29 18W USB-C power adapter to fast charge your iPhone

Apple is now selling a standalone $29 18W USB-C power adapter to fast charge your iPhone
As if living that dongle life wasn’t hard enough, iPhone XS and XR users wanting to charge their hot new mobile devices more rapidly than the out-of-box setup need to spend quite a bit of extra money on a couple of separately sold accessories.

One of the most desired such adapters wasn’t even available until yesterday, when it finally surfaced on the official online Apple Store in the US with little to no fanfare. That’s probably because this 18W USB-C charger is somewhat overpriced, at $29.

Previously sold alongside those new iPad Pro variants only, the adapter includes no wires or any other accessories in that $29 price. You just get the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8, and 8 Plus-compatible power brick, after which you’ll also have to spend at least $19 on a separate USB-C to Lightning cable to actually be able to use the charger.

The extra expenses start to add up if you buy a $9 Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter as well or a longer than 1-meter USB-C to Lightning cable, but you should probably just be happy this 18W power adapter is up for grabs at last.

The otherwise well-reviewed iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR are seriously crippled by their slow 5W bundled chargers, so if you don’t want to constantly hug a wall for an unnecessarily long time, you may need to make this “investment.” Of course, you can also always buy a cheaper third-party option.



3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

The article speaks for itself. The nickel and dime trillion dollar company.

21. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They've dropped over 20% in value, not a trillion dollar company anymore.

5. koioz

Posts: 164; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Desperation at it's finest. Lmao.

6. shiv179

Posts: 177; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Eventually Apple will charge people extra for the Apple Logo on their phones

7. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

They already do. lol

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

What a f**king ripoff. This is priced similar to the discounted battery replacement which ends by the end of this month. No wonder they reached a trillion dollar value.

15. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

at that price just include it with the purchase of the damn phone... apple users please speak up, this is ridiculous

20. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Hahahaaaaa... kikikiiiii

23. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Sure Apple should have included these in the box. Sure it's overpriced. Sure there are plenty of things Apple could do. But they don't have to. They're running their business the way they want, and it's had ups and downs and highs and lows like everyone else. Apple figured out that no one was going to not buy a phone because it didn't have fast-charge in the box so they didn't include it. That's just a business decision. It's 100% consistent with Apple's history of dongling everything. Other makers often include more features because the devices don't hold up in value within months after hitting the market and including extras or more is just another business decision. Once third-party accessories become available in early '19, this will look like a smart, time-specific decision. I hate being nickle and dimed like anyone else. But I also know every purchase decision comes down to what I (we) choose. There are plenty of other options, but they just aren't Apple-compelling in other ways.

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