Hail to the GaN chargers.
The world of chargers is huge, it is impossible to test everything. In this selection I will share what I myself use, what I was able to hold in my hands and what I can safely recommend.
Apple 12W Power Adapter
The so-called “iPad” charger is still on sale. It originally came with the iPad tablets and featured a higher wattage than the basic 5 watt iPhone power adapter. I added it to the list because it requires a Lightning to USB Type-A cable. It’s more popular than the Lightning to USB Type-C, which is required for today’s 20-watt Apple charging.
Apple 20-Watt Power Adapter.
Let’s start with the basic charger. The 20-watt power pack in late 2020 replaced a similar 18-watt pack introduced in 2018.
Both units support fast charging and are suitable for the iPhone 8, iPhone X and newer models where fast charging is actually present. The 18-watt power pack came with the 2018 iPad Pro and iPhone 11 Pro, but the new iPad Pro (2020) comes with a 20-watt power pack, while the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro have lost their charger.
The fundamental difference between the new adapter for 20 watts was the support for fast charging for wireless charging MagSafe. Otherwise it will not work, so consider this point if you are looking for the right unit for your new iPhone 12 or 12 Pro.
Baseus GaN 65W fast charger
Baseus has an interesting charger option: a 65W block with three connectors. There’s a couple of USB Type-Cs, where one gives out up to 65 watts, the other up to 30 watts. There’s also USB-A, with up to 30 watts. It’s quite compact, yet powerful and inexpensive.
Ugreen 65W charger.
This is my favorite. The charger caught my eye at the end of last year and I immediately wanted to get my hands on it. The power supply belongs to the new family of GaN chargers.
The point is that in 2020 a new era began in the world of charging: power supplies using gallium nitride began to appear on the market. They are smaller, more powerful, and inexpensive. Isn’t it a miracle? Well, it is a miracle because Ugreen’s little power adapter has four USB slots: one USB Type-A and three USB Type-C. USB Type-A gives you up to 22.5 watts, one USB Type-C gives you up to 18 watts, and the other two give you up to 65 watts.
This is now my favorite charger on trips and at home: you can charge multiple devices at once without sacrificing charging speed. Best of all, it’s small and helps get rid of unnecessary wires.
Satechi 100W AC adapter
If the size of the charger is not so critical and you need a universal unit from which you can charge your MacBook Pro 16″, then pay attention to Satechi. The thing is relatively big, but through USB Type-C it gives out up to 100 W, so a large laptop can be charged quickly. There are a total of three connectors on the case: one USB Type-A and two USB Type-C with Power Delivery support.
Baseus GaN 120W charger
Like the Satechi charger, but don’t like the price? Then look towards Baseus, there’s a mighty 120W unit. It’s a solid size, not small, it has one USB Type-A and two USB Type-C. An interesting feature: it puts out 60 watts at a time through each USB Type-C, so you can charge two MacBook Pro 13″ or Air at once. Or you can get 100 watts through one USB Type-C if you need to charge a more voracious device.
How do I know if my iPhone has fast charging or not?
It’s simple here. The Power Delivery fast charging feature appeared in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X when they were introduced together in 2017. Later Apple phones have it, too.
Should I pay extra and get a bigger charger?
It makes no sense to buy a particularly powerful charger for the iPhone: the difference, judging by comparisons, is small and a 20W unit is enough, since smartphones do not accept more than 22W. Another thing is if you have not only iPhone but also MacBook with USB Type-C, then it’s another story and you can charge all the devices with one unit instead of taking an extra power adapter.
I’ve heard that fast charging kills the battery!
If you are afraid, use a regular 5-watt charger, what other advice is there. In my experience I can say that using fast chargers, I have not noticed any problems with the phones.
I’ve used a variety of accessories all the way up to the MacBook 96-watt charger, no problems at all. Another thing is that the heavy-duty iPhone charger doesn’t give you any increase in charging speed, but if there’s only one power supply at hand, it’s a lifesaver. You can charge both your macbook and your phone.
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