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Look through the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X tech specs and you’ll see that Apple has added support for fast charging, which will charge the new iPhones to 50 percent in 30 minutes.
I highlight the word “support” because it means that Apple’s new iPhones don’t actually come with fast chargers included.
If you want to fast charge your new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, you’ll have to spend extra cash to buy the necessary chargers and cables.
Specifically, you’ll need a charger that comes with the USB-C “Power Delivery” standard. As you’d expect, Apple has you covered with its $49 29W USB-C charger and $25 USB-C-to-Lightning cable. Luckily for you, Apple says you can use a “comparable third-party USB-C power adapter that supports USB Power Delivery (USB-PD),” and I’ve found a few the third-party chargers that come with USB-C Power Delivery that are less expensive as Apple’s 29W charger.
If you own a USB-C Mac laptop, like the 12-inch MacBook, you can use the USB-C charger that came with it to fast charge your new iPhone. Still, it’s not a bad idea to get a separate fast charger for your new iPhone so that you’re not using one charger for two devices.
Still, though, you’d need Apple’s own $25 USB-C-to-Lightning cable to plug your new iPhone into your Mac laptop’s USB-C charger – and unfortunately, there’s no cheaper third-party Made For iPhone (MFI) USB-C-to-Lightning cable available to buy at the time of writing.
Right now, there aren’t many third-party USB-C Power Delivery chargers from well-known companies out there. But that’s likely to change as the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X start shipping. For now, though, check out the available third-party USB-C Power Delivery chargers to fast charge your new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X (if you plan on getting one in November):
First of all, you’ll need Apple’s own USB-C-to-Lightning cable.
Unfortunately, there aren’t third-party USB-C-to-Lightning cables you can buy at the moment that are MFI certified to be used with Apple devices. Apple says to specifically use this cable.
Anker PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C 30W
Anker’s PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C charger comes with the Power Delivery standard that’s needed to fast-charge the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
At 30 watts, Anker’s charger should charge the new iPhones slightly faster than Apple’s own 29-watt charger. And at $26 from Amazon at the time of writing, it’s also cheaper compared to Apple’s $49 29W charger.
Unfortunately, the Anker charger doesn’t come with a USB-C-to-Lightning cable. You’d have to buy Apple’s own $25 cable along with the charger.
Inateck 45W Portable USB-C Wall Charger
Inatek’s 45W USB-C charger ($29 on Amazon at the time of writing) also comes with the Power Delivery standard necessary for fast charging, which should also charge faster than Apple’s $49 29W charger.
It comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable, but not a USB-C-to-Lightning cable. Again, you’d have to buy Apple’s own $25 cable to plug it in to your new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X.
Aukey PA-Y10 Amp USB-C Wall Charger 46W
It also comes with a standard USB-A port with 2.1A of charging power, which is just under the 2.4A that Apple’s 12W charger provides and comes with iPads.
But, again, it doesn’t come with a USB-C-to-Lightning cable, so you’d have to buy Apple’s own $25 cable along with the charger.