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

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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.


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.

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