If you just got a new iPhone, chances are you picked up the iPhone 11, the successor of the iPhone XR, the most popular device in Apple's 2018 series. Since the XR did so well, it's likely the iPhone 11 will too.
However, one thing missing out of the box that the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have is a fast charger — although the iPhone 11 (and any iPhones since the iPhone 8) are capable of fast charging, you need the right cables and adapters.
If you want to charge your iPhone 11 (or iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, XR) to 50% in 30 minutes, there are cheaper solutions out there that will do the same if not a better job.
For fast charging, you need two things:
Let start with the cable.
The official Apple USB-C to Lightning cable rings in at $19 for a super-short 3.3-foot long cable. If you want a longer cable (around 6.6 feet), the price increases to $35 plus tax.
Because Apple hasn't made the switch to USB-C ports on the iPhone, the cost of third-party cables isn't dirt cheap — third-party manufacturers have to pay a licensing fee to use Apple's Lightning technology, which raises the cost. With that being said, there are still cheaper options.
Anker is one of the most trusted brands in USB cables. Their Powerline II comes in a its 3-foot cable, which is $15.99, or, for just one dollar more, you can get its 6-foot long cable, which is a full $18 cheaper than Apple's 6-foot cable.
For an even cheaper option, try the Jsaux USB-C to Lightning cable. It's 6-feet long, Apple MFi certified and works with USB-PD fast charging bricks. Also, like the cable above, it's nylon-braided.
Right now, it's currently $13.99, a $21 savings from Apple's six-footer.
Another option is the Poweradd USB-C to Lightning Cable for $12.99. It's also 3.3 feet and Apple MFi certified. Plus, it has a nylon-braided sheath — adding extra durability not found in Apple's cables.
Another trusted name, Aukey offers a 3.6-foot long cable (a little bit longer than official cable) at $15.99, that is also braided for extra durability.
The second component you need is the power adapter, and that's where things can get tricky. Since Apple uses USB Power Delivery to provide fast charging, you need a power adapter that supports the standard. USB Power Delivery (or USB-PD) has come a long way, and like other fast charging methods, it has different versions. The version the iPhone 11 supports is USB-PD 2.0 or newer.
Finally, there is the wattage. With USB-PD, the cable, power adapter, and phone communicate with each other before any power starts moving. What makes USB-PD so special is that it sends out a higher amount of power if the device needs it but can still provide charge to devices that don't need as much power. In the case of the iPhone 11, the phone is only capable of using up to 18-watts of power officially (though, according to Weibo it may be able to support up to 22 watts), so higher wattage won't make it charge faster.
Apple's 18W USB-C Power Adapter will set you back $29, so thankfully there are cheaper options.
RAVPower has a compatible 18-Watt USB-C Power Adapter for $19.99, which is $9 cheaper than Apple's. Not only does it have a USB-C PD port, but it also has an additional USB Type-A port to charge another device. If you use both ports at the same time, power output drops to 15 watts on both ports.
You can also look at Aukey which offers a super-compact 18-watt charger at $19.99 as well. What's great about this charger is that it not only takes a minimal amount of space, it comes with a 45-day money-back guarantee and a two-year warranty that includes product replacement.
What if you want to fast-charge an iPhone with another device? While you could use the RAVPower 18-watt charger above, you won't get full fast-charging. Grab a charger with a higher power output to get true fast-charging both devices (or just two iPhones).
Aukey makes an excellent 30-watt charger that offers 18 watts of power to both ports when used simultaneously. And it's only $26.99. Yes, that's only $3 less than Apple's 18W charger, but you can fast-charge twice as many devices — that's sure to come in handy.
Even with our most expensive cable and this charger, you will still save compared to Apple's cheapest combination. You'll also get more flexibility and features, like a more durable cable, dual ports on the power adapter, and a much longer warranty (the cable has a lifetime warranty).