Apple has finally gotten around to bundling an 18W USB-C fast charger with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, the cheaper iPhone 11 continues to come with a paltry 5W charger. It does come with fast charging support and with the right accessories, you can fast charge your iPhone 11 as well.
Why Fast Charge Your iPhone 11?
Fast charging is a great feature to have if you are always on the go or always forget to charge your iPhone overnight. While fast charging works best when charging from 0-50%, the difference can be felt until around 80%. It is only after your iPhone 11 has charged to 80% that you will not see any impact of a fast charger as the device will start trickle charging. This is done to increase the lifespan of the battery.
Apple bundles a 5W charger with the iPhone 11 which takes almost 3.25 hours to charge the device to full. In fact, the iPhone 11 will charge faster wirelessly if you have a 7.5W or higher wireless charger.
With a fast charger, the total time taken to charge goes down to around 2 hours. That’s a notable reduction, but most importantly, it dramatically reduces the charging time from 0-80% which is what most people are going to appreciate. Your iPhone 11 will charge to 50% in just 30 minutes and to 80% in around an hour. After that though, due to trickle charging, the phone will take another hour to charge to 100%.
How to Fast Charge iPhone 11
Since Apple does not bundle a fast charger with the iPhone 11, you will have to buy one separately. Along with a fast charger, you will also have to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable since the bundled Lightning cable won’t do the job. These cables were expensive up until last year but ever since Apple opened up its MFi program for these cables to accessory makers, we have seen a notable reduction in their price.
Since the iPhone 11 supports USB-Power Delivery, you will have to buy a fast charger with USB-PD support. A Quick Charger/Dash Charger won’t do the job since they don’t support the USB-PD protocol.
Check out some third-party USB-PD chargers which we recommend you buy to fast charge your iPhone 11:
These chargers are either cheaper than Apple’s official 18W charger or offer more USB ports thereby allowing you to charge multiple devices at once.
For USB-C to Lightning cables, below are some of our recommendations:
If you don’t want to buy a third-party cable or charger for whatever reason, you can buy the official USB-C to Lightning cable ($19) from Apple along with the 18W USB-C charger ($29). The total will come to around $50 which is a fair bit expensive and you won’t really get any extra benefit for using official Apple accessories except for perhaps peace of mind.
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