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The Best Cheap Wall Adapters to Fast-Charge Your iPhone

When you buy a new iPhone, including the new iPhone 14, it won't come with a wall adapter, meaning you'll have to use your own or buy a new one. But not every one can fast charge your new iPhone to its full potential.

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If you buy an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 — or the new iPhone 14 — you won't have all the necessary components to charge it straight out of the box. That's because Apple made the decision a few years ago that, as part of its environmental initiative, all new iPhones will not ship with a companion wall adapter. So if you buy any of the latest iPhones, all you'll get in the box is a USB-C to Lightning cable.

The good news is that the new iPhones can charge faster — up to 5o% after a 30-minute charge — but you'll need at least a 20-watt wall adapter to take advantage of it. We've rounded up the best cheap USB-C wall adapters to pair with your new iPhone. Before getting into the picks, there are few terms (or rather technologies) to know because you'll inevitably see some wall adapters supporting them.

What Terms to Know

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0: This is a fast-charge technology that is able to help a wall adapter charge a device up to 4x times faster than the conventional 5W charger. But iPhones don't support this technology, so it's a non-issue for iPhone owners.

Power Delivery (PD): This is a charging technology that allows a charger to output higher currents and higher voltages. It can be integrated into many devices whose power outputs can range from 18 watts to 100 watts. It's also the only charging standard that can charge a laptop. Power Delivery is only supported by iPhone 8 and later.

Gallium Nitride (GaN): Gallium Nitride is a new material that is significantly more energy-efficient and space-efficient than silicon, which is the traditional material used in wall adapters. GaN allows the wall adapters to be smaller and lighter but still really powerful.

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The Picks

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Anker Nano Pro
Anker
Satechi 20W USB-C PD Wall Charger
Satechi
Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter
Apple
Twelve South PlugBug Slim
Twelve South
Nomad 20W Power Adapter
Nomad
Google 30W USB-C Power Charger
Google
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