Using the supplied cable and charger isn’t the best way to charge your new iPhone X or iPhone 8. But it’s also not the worst.
Charging your iPhone used to mean finding a cable and hooking it up to the nearest charger. But the iPhone X and iPhone 8 bring with them new charging features.
Fast charging on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are capable of fast charging, but taking advantage of that isn’t as easy as it should be. That’s because Apple did not include the necessary accessories to be able to use the feature. To use fast charging, you need to buy and use a Lightning to USB-C cable, which is available in a 1-meter and 2-meter version. You also need to buy a USB-C power adapter like this one, which can get a little pricey.
Apple lays out the requirements in a support document on its website. Here is what to look for when you’re shopping for an adapter:
- Apple 29W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapter
- A comparable third-party USB-C power adapter that supports USB Power Delivery (USB-PD)
With the right USB-C power adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable, you can expect to get a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.
- Connect your charger to power. Use the power adapter that came with your accessory or a power adapter recommended by the manufacturer.
- Place the charger on a level surface or other location recommended by the manufacturer.
- Place your iPhone on the charger with the display facing up. For best performance, place it in the center of the charger or in the location recommended by manufacturer.
- Your iPhone should start charging a few seconds after you place it on your wireless charger.
Here are some observations I’ve found using wireless charging.
- Standard plastic/silicone/rubber/leather don’t seem to affect wireless charging. In fact, I’ve found that charging can be faster on some wireless pads when the iPhone is in a case.
- Charging using third-party 15W wireless pads is faster than using the bundled charger.
- When the charge hits 80 percent, the iPhone switched from fast charge mode to regular charging to complete the charge.
All in all, wireless charging works, and it works well.
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