While yesterday’s Apple event was littered with new devices, including both iPhone and Apple Watch, there was some disturbing news. Once again, Apple will be shipping its latest iPhones with the same old 5W charger. So we thought we’d lend a hand.
Rather than sit by idly with slow 1A charge speeds, we’ve rounded up the best alternatives under $30 to power up your new device. Head below for more.
If you follow our daily Smartphone Accessories roundup, you know that wall chargers are a dime a dozen over at Amazon. You can find just about any spec to fit your needs, with faster 2.4A speeds, wireless charging, USB-C and more.
There are a few things to consider when looking for a wall charger for your new iPhone. Do you want wireless? Do you need multiple ports? How about USB-C? When it comes to features, you can expect to pay more for faster speeds and additional ports. Here are four options that fit the bill for Apple’s 2018 iPhones.
Aukey 2-port Ultra Compact Wall Charger: $6 w/ code DR4VS3R4 (Reg. $10)
Aukey’s most popular wall charger sports an ultra compact design with dual USB ports, making it perfect for tossing in your backpack. We regularly see it drop down to around $6 when on sale from its usual $10 price tag. In fact, it was our #1 best-selling product at 9to5Toys in 2017. This model sports dual 2.4A USB ports. That’s a significant bump from Apple’s included 1A option, but won’t get you the fastest speeds out there. But it’s tough to beat at that price. Rated 4.3/5 stars.
Aukey 18W USB-C Wall Charger: $14
Aukey Direct via Amazon offers its 18W USB-C Wall Charger for $13.99 Prime shipped when checking out with code AUKEYYP5. That will come close to maxing out your iPhone or iPad charging speed 50% more power than the 12W solution above) and can even charge your MacBook/Pro, albeit very slowly with a USB-C cable. You’ll want to pick up a USB-C to Lightning cable however to charge iOS devices here.
Anker 30W USB-C Wall Charger: $26
Opting for USB-C and a compatible Lightning cable results in faster charging times. In fact, you’ll see iPhones fill up by around 50% in just 30-minutes. Grab Apple’s official USB-C to Lightning cable to unlock these faster charging times. Pair it with Anker’s wall charger and you’re on your way for less than in-house options from Apple. Rated 4.4/5 stars. Learn more about USB-C charging on iPhones here.
Anker USB-C and A Wall Charger: $30
A bit pricier, this option from Anker delivers both USB-C and A ports, unlocking charging speeds up to 49.5W. This ensures that your iPhone is juiced up quickly when paired with a Lightning to USB-C cable while still having a spare port to power other devices. Rated 4.4/5 stars.
10W Qi Wireless Chargers from under $15
Apple first introduced wireless charging during last year’s iPhone keynote, and we’re expecting the 2018 models to do the same. There’s any number of options out there, and you might as well go for the faster models that support up to 10W speeds, although current gen iPhones only support 7.5W.