Since Apple has introduced both wireless charging and fast charging to the latest iPhone lineup, there are now more ways than ever to charge your device. While every method is different – some are more expensive, some are slower which is the fastest way to charge your phone on the market?
A new study by MacRumors strives to discover just that, as the website tested several different charging methods, both from Apple and third-party manufacturers. These tests apply for both the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 8 Plus.
According to the report, they “used the same iPhone X for all tests, plugged into the same outlet. Between tests, the battery was drained to one percent, and then battery percent was checked at 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes while charging.”
“For all tests, the iPhone X was placed into Airplane mode with no apps running,” the report continued. “The display was deactivated except for the four time checks. Tests were conducted without a case on the iPhone X.
The report concludes that the fastest way possible to charge an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X is with a USB-C power adapter and an accompanying USB-C to Lightning cable.
On the other end of the spectrum, 5W wireless charging and 5W wired charging with the standard iPhone adapter were the slowest methods tested. 7.5W wireless charging was a bit faster than its 5W counterpart, but not by too much.
In conclusion, iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus owners really don’t need anything over 18W, and an official Apple power adapter is not necessary – third-party options work just fine. However, it is advisable to use an Apple-official USB-C to Lightning rather than a third-party option.
Check out the entire test results from MacRumors‘ excellent article here.