We think this post will be helpful to anyone who’s bought or is planning to buy one of the iPhone 12s, as they don’t come with a power adapter. If you recall, always has always provided a USB charging cable, a set of wired headphones (EarPods) and a power adapter with iPhones. However, they changed this with the introduction of the new iPhone 12 range. Now you won’t get headphones or the power adapter – you’ll only get a USB-C-to-Lightning cable. The good news is that pairing it with the right charger will significantly reduce the charge time of your device.
As a side note, Apple has also introduced a USB-C power adapter that’s 20-watt. It comes as a replacement for its previous 18-watt USB-C power adapter and costs $19 (the 18-watt one cost $29). However, there are other great alternatives as well. We’ve compiled a list of the best iPhone 12 chargers that can uplift your battery life. Many of them are available for less than $20, and some are even priced below $15 – can it get any better than that?
Although there’s no shortage of charging brands out there, the cream of the crop is Anker, Charmast, RAVPower, and Aukey. These three brands offer more or less the same type of products, but their costs vary. We’ve rounded up our favorites below, including battery-powered power banks, charging stand, wireless and automobile options. We and our friends have used some of these products and love the way they function. And besides the iPhone 12 models, all of the charges on our list should work perfectly with previous iPhone makes.
Important: None of these chargers offer the new Apple MagSafe charging feature. That’s completely new, and it will take time for other brands to bring it to the public. We also expect Apple to keep offering it at a premium – you’ll need to shell out $39 for MagSafe.
Top USB-C Chargers for iPhone 12 to Buy Now
Okay, let’s get to the list – we’ll keep updating it to reflect our preferences for the best iPhone charger.
1. Anker PowerPort III Slim USB-C 30W Charger for iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
This is a pocket-friendly charger that comes with foldable plugs and can charge your iDevice fast with its robust USB-C-to-Lightning cable. This, too, sells for a pretty low price, especially around the holidays.
2. RAVPower 30W 2-Port USB-C Quick Charger
This is so comparable with the Aukey charger above. While the Aukey’s design has a sleeker appearance, the two chargers are quite similar, with RAVPower offering 30 watts of juice for standalone use and 18 watts when charging another device via USB-A port that offers 12 watts charging. It sells for $18 but we’ve seen the price hit $10 at one point.
3. Aukey Swift 18W PD Fast Charger
For those searching for a fast, single-port charger, the 18-watt PD charger from Aukey is available for just $9.80 (the low price applies after you clip the on-screen coupon). The one we’re talking about is black and comes with foldable plugs. If you go for the white version, we feel it’s a bit more. Aukey also offers a 20-watt PD charger in case you’re looking for some extra juice. That one costs $15.99.
4. Aukey USB-A & USB-C 30W dual-port USB-C charger [Top Dual-Port Charger]
This 30-watt Aukey charger enables Apple device owners to charge both iPad and iPhone simultaneously. And if you just use the USB-C port for charging, you’ll get the complete 30 watts and can even charge the smalls-sized Macbook. When using both ports, it gives 12 watts for USB-A and 18 watts for USB-C charging. This charger was retailing for $20, but Amazon Prime Day sales have prices of around $15 for this nifty gadget.
5. Anker 36W USB-C Car Charger – The Best iPhone 12 Car charger
Car owners rejoice. This car charger really does charge far and also has a low-key profile. This means it sits quietly with the 12-volt port. Both USB-A and USB-C ports are present on the charger, so you shouldn’t have any problems charging your iPhone or iPad. The retail price is around $15 but the charger frequently goes on sale. We’ve seen prices as low as $9, but the average sale price is around $20.
6. RavPower Fast Wireless Charger – Top Cheap Quick Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone 12
While it’s not the latest MagSafe charger, it’s light on the pocket. Users like it because it doesn’t cost much and boasts a power adapter that allows them to get up to 10-watt charging speeds. Alternatives to this often max out at 7.5 watts, and other cheap wireless chargers come without a power adapter. While the price is $23, an $5 coupon slashes it to $18.
7. Aukey Omnia 65W 2 Port [Charge Anything] Charger
This is a compact USB-C charger that charges your phone at 65W. It gives good charging speed if you go for a USB-C-t-Lighting cable, and charges most laptops as well. There’s also a USB-A port in case you’re looking to charge a second device.
Best Overall Charger: All-Round Runner Up
RAVPower’s 65-watt dual-port model makes our list of the best all-round wall charger category. It shares a lot of similarities with Aukey and comes in a few bucks of the same tag. In the sale season, you can get it for less than $30.
8. Aukey 100W USB-C Charger – Best iPhone 12 Charger That Also Charges Laptops
This charger can power laptops like the 16-inch MacBook, as well as other laptops that charge through USB-C, at the maximum charge. You can also use it to charge smartphones and devices as it adjusts the charging output according to the device. A laptop shouldn’t take more than two hours to charge up. Aukey is about half the price of Apple’s 96-watt USB-C charger and it’s smaller as well.
9. Anker PowerCore Fusion 3 5K PD – Top Wall Charger That’s Also a Power Bank
Removing the need to carry around a portable battery and a power adapter together, this charger works flawlessly. Its earlier version was feature-rich, but this latest version offers 18-watts of power plus USB-C and USB-A ports. Although it’s heavier and bigger in size than other adapters on this list, it comes with an integrated battery that’s quite powerful.
10. Charmast Wireless Power Bank (18W PD) – Top Wireless Portable Power Bank Charger
You get both wireless and wired charging options with this power bank. It offers 18 watts charging for USB-C port. Wirelessly, it offers 10 watts charging for smartphones (when the device is placed on the charging dock). 10 watts is where iPhones max out for this state of charging. The battery of this charger is massive – 26,800 mAh. Plus, it offers a digital readout of the remaining charge and an integrated kickstand. The package also includes a USB-A to USB-C cable, but it can be only charged with an adapter. The perfect time to purchase it is when the price goes below $42.
That’s it for our list of the best iPhone 12 series chargers. Before you make a purchase, remember these points:
- You require a charger for USB-C port. Alternatively, you can purchase a “USB-A-to-USB-C adapter”. But we think chargers are quite affordable.
- It’s better to go for two-port chargers than single port ones. They allow you to juice up two devices simultaneously, like a headphone and a smartphone.
- Power chargers with power delivery (PD) or USB-C can charge devices quicker than those featuring USB-A porters.
- 18 watts chargers are great for charging bigger devices like Nintendo Switch. 65 watts models can charge most laptops.
- The new chargers make use of GaN (gallium nitrate), which is a material that allows adapters to be manufactured in compact sizes.
- All these chargers also work for Android devices.
Keep these tips in mind, and you should be able to get the most out of the charger you purchase.