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The Best Cheap Wall Adapters to Fast-Charge Your iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 will ship with a USB-C-to-Lightning charging cable and no wall adapter. Here are the best cheap wall adapters to fast-charge your new iPhone 12.

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Apple made the bold decision this year in that, as part of its environmental initiative, all iPhone 12 models will not ship with a companion wall adapter. 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 12.

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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Aukey Omnia Mini 20W USB C Charger
Aukey
AUKEY amazon.com
$19.99
$14.99 (25% off)

  • Absolutely tiny
  • Supports Power Delivery (PD)

  • Prongs don't fold
Anker PowerPort III Nano Charger
Anker
Anker amazon.com
$16.99

 

  • Absolutely tiny

  • Prongs don't fold
AmazonBasics 18W USB-C Wall Charger
AmazonBasics
AmazonBasics amazon.com
$16.99

  • Integrated light lets you know when its charging

  • Can't fast charge the iPhone 12 at max speed
20W USB-C Power Adapter
Apple
apple.com
$19.00

  • The adapter that Apple recommends with its iPad Pro

  • Fairly expensive
  • No Power Delivery (PD)
RAVPower 45W PD USB C Charger
RavPower
RAVPower amazon.com
$25.99
$19.99 (23% off)

 

  • Can charge your laptop as well as your iPhone
  • Very thin
  • Folding prongs

  • More expensive
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