How to: Fast Charge Your iPhone X / 8 / 8 Plus

Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on facebook
Share on reddit

Share

If you didn’t know, your shiny new iPhone X/8/8 Plus has the ability to fast charge itself. This means if you have an iPhone X, for example, you can charge it from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes, which is great for anyone that needs to get juiced up quickly before heading out.

Sadly, as much as your new iPhone may have costed you, Apple didn’t bundle the required hardware you need to enable fast charging – Grr!

What You Need

  1. Official Apple 29W USB‑C Power Adapter
  2. Official Apple Original 1m USB-C to Lightning Charge and Sync Cable or 2m USB-C to Lightning Cable

12-Inch MacBook and New MacBook Pro Owners

If you have a new 12-inch MacBook or one of the new USB-C charging MacBook Pro laptops, you’re already halfway there. Your MacBook’s 29W Model A1540, 61W Model A1718, 87W Model A1719 USB-C power adapter is the same one that you need for fast charging – Happy days!

Official Apple Cables

Sadly the cable you need has to be an official Apple cable. Currently, Apple doesn’t enable third-party cables to pass through the power it needs for fast charging. So you only have the choice of using Apple’s own 1 meter USB-C to Lightning cable or 2 meter USB-C to Lightning cable. I found it better to pay a little extra and get the 2 meter cable and not regret going cheap on the shorter cable later on.

Method

With both the USB-C cable and USB-C power adapter at hand, it’s as simple as…

  1. Plug in the USB-C power adapter
  2. Connect your USB-C cable into the power adapter
  3. Connect the lightning end of the cable into your iPhone X / 8 / 8 Plus
  4. Switch the power on for the power adapter
  5. Wait for your iPhone to be charged in super quick time! (I think the fast charging is acknowledged by hearing the charging chime a second time after a second or two of hearing the first chime)

In time we may see Apple allow third-party makers the ability to create fast charging compatible cables and adapters, at which point the price will start to drop to an acceptable level. We may even see USB-C chargers and cables come with future iPhone’s too. Until then, we will have to make do with Apple’s own costly option.

Share this article

Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit

Related articles

CarPlay for any car stereo !

Have Apple CarPlay in any car!

A plug & play dashboard that works with any existing stereo
Wireless Apple CarPlay USB Dongle

Wireless USB dongle

"The CPlay2air USB dongle offers an attached wire connection, discrete status lights and regular compatibility updates."

Android OS on your CarPlay display

Use coupon code CARPLAYLIFE for free shipping with your order

YouTube on your CarPlay display

Use coupon code CARPLAYLIFE for free shipping with your order

Wireless USB Dongle 2.0

"The CarLinkit 2.0 USB dongle offers a detachable USB-C connection, clear status indicator and regular compatibility updates"

New wireless USB dongle

"The JoyeAuto USB dongle brings new connectivity, a unique menu screen and independent software and compatibility"

By clicking on the buttons above and buying an item from Amazon, you will help support us by giving us affiliate commission. It will not cost you extra, but it will go a long way in keep us doing what we do best here.

Learn how to support us
What's Trending
Latest CarPlay Reviews
Full Netflix YouTube Android System Dongle for Factory CarPlay | CarlinKit Android AI Box Review
CarPlayLife CarlinKit Mini 3.0
CarPlayLife ESR MagSage Vent Mount
CarPlayLife Carlinkit 3.0 Dongle