iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X Fast Charging Facts And Figures

iphone 8, 8 plus and x fast charging

iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X Fast Charging.

Apple finally introduced the fast charging option to its 2017 iPhone flagships but there are a few things that you need to know before opting for this new feature. Yes, you got me right iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X fast charging is optional because the 5W adapter that’s included in the original package, isn’t powerful enough to provide hardware support for this feature. This means that you have to buy additional accessories for a function that’s available within the box in case of the Android flagships.

The above mentioned iPhone models require a 29W USB-C Power Adapter as well as a USB-C to Lightning cable. The two accessories retail for a total of $75, so get ready to spend an extra junk of money if you want to charge the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X devices at their full potential. Read on and find out what difference there is between charging times, when comparing normal charging with the new fast charging feature.

iphone power adapters for fast charging How To Fast Charge The iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
1. Connect the 29W Power adapter to the USB-C to Lightning cable.
2. Plug the power adapter into a power source.
3. Connect your iPhone at the other end. The charging process unfolds the same as regular charging, the only difference is that your iPhone’s battery fills up faster.
Fact: Fast charging makes the biggest difference in the 0 – 50% battery percentage interval. iPhones juiced up with the quick charging procedure reach the half battery charge mark much faster as the rest.

iPhone 8 & 8 Plus Fast Charging vs Normal Charging
Thanks to twitter Dan Loewenherz we now have a clear picture, actually a graph, that pinpoints the differences between iPhone 8 Fast Charging and traditional charging method:
iphone 8 plus fast charging vs normal times 0->100% (~ 75 Minutes difference): If you check the image shared nearby, you can notice that an iPhone 8 Plus needs around 118 minutes for a full fast charging cycle, when a 29W Adapter is used, while normal power up requires a little over 190 minutes. That’s a noticeable 75 minute difference. Considering that the fast charging accessories retail for $75, the figures match nicely.
0->50% (~ 50 Minutes difference): When comparing the half charging cycle, the iPhone 8 Plus scores around 33 minutes in rapid mode (29W) and 80 minutes while normal charging. That’s a difference of close to 50 minutes, at the halfway mark which is explained by the above mentioned fact, that fast charging is especially efficient in the early charging stages!

iPhone 8 & 8 Plus Fast Charging Trick
If we analyze the above provided graph more carefully, we can notice that Mr. Loewenherz has also compared the charging times of an iPhone 8 Plus that’s charged with 61W and 87W chargers which are also recommended by Apple. However, the time gains aren’t significant to justify the higher investment.
What’s more interesting though is the measured time for charging the 2017 iPhone flagships with the 10W and 12W iPad chargers that most of us have at home. A full charging cycle in these circumstances spreads between 123 minutes for the 12W Adapter and 133 minutes for the 10W iPad charger. This is only 5 minutes respectively 15 minutes slower than the 29W fast charger for a full charge!

Conclusion: If you already own an iPad, you can use its charger to fast charge your iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. Although you don’t obtain the quickest results possible, you’re very close without spending an extra dollar!

Tip: There are a few more tricks to shorten iPhone charging times. Check them out here.