iPhone charging slowly? How to fast charge an iPhone 13

If your shiny new iPhone 13 seems to be charging slowly, there is most likely a simple reason. The old 5-watt iPhone chargers will work with your new phone, but can only be charged at a lower power consumption. However, a newer 20-watt charger and USB-C Lightning cable can charge your iPhone at full speed. So if you upgraded from an older iPhone, chances are your power block is outdated. Here are all the ways to quickly charge your new iPhone.

iPhone 13 still uses the same Lightning port as all iPhones dating back to 2012, but the battery capacity inside iPhones expanded dramatically starting with the iPhone XS / iPhone XR in 2018. So since then, optimal charging can not really be achieved with an older 5W USB-A charger. Also somewhat annoying, Apple no longer includes the power adapter in the box.

How to charge quickly with a cable

To fast charge an iPhone 11, iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, you need a higher wattage power adapter. Apple recommends its 20W USB-C charger, but any higher-rated USB-C adapter will suffice. You can even get duo port chargers from third-party manufacturers that can quickly charge two iPhones at a time.

If you have a newer generation MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, you can also use that USB-C pad to charge your iPhone as well. iPhone 13 will only charge with about 20 watts maximum throughput, but you can also safely use USB-C chargers with higher watts. You just do not want to see any extra speed.

Of course, fast chargers also require a Lightning to USB-C cable. The older USB-A square Lightning cables do not support fast charging speeds. With a 20-watt brick and Lightning to USB-C cable, you can go from zero to 50% charged in half an hour and fully charge an iPhone 13 in about two hours.

How to charge quickly using wireless charging

Wired charging always strikes wirelessly for speed and efficiency. However, by using the Apple MagSafe charger, you can get reasonably fast inductive charging performance.

The MagSafe puck clicks magnetically on the back of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, and the secure fit allows for a faster charging speed than standard Qi. Using MagSafe, you can achieve up to 15 watts of charging speeds. By using MagSafe you can charge from zero to 50% in about 50 minutes and achieve 100% charge in about 2.5-3 hours.

In contrast, the iPhone is charged with a basic Qi charger with a maximum of 7.5 watts. This equates to about four to five hours of charging time to reach 100%, depending on the model. While this is much slower than the above alternative methods, it’s probably fine if you just charge your iPhone at bedtime on a bedside table or similar, and it’s otherwise the most convenient option. Using a MagSafe charger also requires the use of a MagSafe-compatible case and often includes ugly markings on the back of the device. Standard Qi can work through just about any case on the market.

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