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The Best Cheap Wall Adapters to Fast-Charge Your iPhone

When you buy an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 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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Apple made the decision that, as part of its environmental initiative, all new iPhones will not ship with a companion wall adapter. This effects all iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models. So if you buy one, 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.

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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Anker PowerPort III Nano Charger
Anker
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  • Absolutely tiny

  • Prongs don't fold
  • Kind of bland looking
Satechi 20W USB-C PD Wall Charger
Satechi

  • Very small
  • Foldable prongs
Nomad 20W Power Adapter
Nomad Goods
Nomad

  • Absolutely tiny
  • Matte black polycarbonate body

  • Prongs don't fold
Anker Nano II 30W Fast Charger Adapter
Anker

  • Very small
  • Powerful enough to charge a laptop, too

  • Prongs don't fold
Amazon Basics 15W One-Port USB-C Wall Charger
Amazon
Amazon Basics

  • Integrated light lets you know when its charging

  • Can't fast charge the iPhone 12 at max speed
RAVPower 20W Charger (2-Pack)
RAVPower
RAVPower

  • Super affordable
  • Matte black body
  • Absolutely tiny

  • Prongs don't fold
Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter
Apple

  • The adapter that Apple recommends with its iPad Pro

  • Fairly expensive
  • No Power Delivery (PD)
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