USB-C chargers can charge phones faster than older USB-A models, and they work with iPhones and Android devices. As of November 2020, all iPhones come with the USB-C to Lightning cable needed to take advantage of faster charging USB-C offers. (If you’ve already had your iPhone, you may need to buy a cable separately.) If you already have an Android phone and a USB-C cable, you don’t need to buy anything extra to fast charging with our chosen USB-C cable.
Anker PowerPort III Nano
This small, inexpensive charger will quickly charge any phone, including iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel handsets. But it only has one port.
*At the time of publication, the price was $0.
If you want the smallest power supply available that will charge your phone at the fastest speeds, we recommend the single-port Anker PowerPort III Nano. It’s the same size as Apple’s ubiquitous 5-watt charger (the one Apple used to include in iPhone cases), and it delivers up to 20 watts over USB-C. That’s enough power to charge most phones, whether you have an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy model, Google Pixel handset or another Android phone with fast charging, more than half full in just 30 minutes. This model also powers Apple’s MagSafe wireless charging system at its maximum output of 15 watts.
Port one: 20W USB-C
Dimensions: 1.2 by 1.1 by 1.1 inches
RAVPower 30W Compact Dual Port PD Charger (RP-PC132)
This model features fast-charging USB-C and USB-A ports that deliver maximum power no matter what cable you’re using, all rolled into one small, reliable charger.
*At the time of publication, the price was $16.
The RAVPower 30W Compact Dual-Port PD Charger (RP-PC132) is more powerful than the smaller Anker PowerPort III Nano. Its USB-C port can charge up to 18 watts, and it has a second port, in the form of the classic USB-A, that lets you charge a second device at 12 watts. In our tests, the USB-C port charged a phone 85% in an hour, compared to 70% with the USB-A port.
Port one: 18W USB-C
Port two: 12W USB-A
Dimensions: 1.9 by 1.9 by 1.2 inches
Choice of upgrade
Spigen PowerArc 40W ArcStation Pro
If you want the fastest possible charge for two modern devices at once, this charger is the best of the few options available. But you need to bring your own USB-C cables.
*At the time of publication, the price was $30.
The Spigen PowerArc 40W ArcStation Pro is what you should get if you want to enjoy fast USB-C with multiple devices. When a single port is in use, it charges up to 30 watts. When using both USB-C ports at the same time, both support a full 20-watt charge, allowing you to charge two phones at maximum speed. An iPhone’s battery will go from 0% to over 50% in half an hour. , while in the same amount of time on the charger that came with the iPhone it would be around 20%. This type of dual USB-C charger is still quite rare, and the PowerArc 40W ArcStation Pro represents the finest execution of it.
Port one: 30W USB-C (20W USB-C when both ports are in use)
Port two: 30W USB-C (20W USB-C when both ports are in use)
Dimensions: 1.9 by 1.9 by 1.1 inches
Anker PowerPort 4
Affordable, fast and compact, this charger can quickly power up to four devices at once, but not at the maximum speeds offered by USB-C.
*At the time of publication, the price was $26.
The Anker PowerPort 4 is the model to choose if you carry a lot of equipment, such as a phone, smartwatch, power bank and Bluetooth headphones, or if you travel with companions. Each of its four ports supports 12 watts of power consumption, charging as fast as you can get with standard USB-A. No other reliable four-port charger packs this kind of power in such a small size and at such a low price.
Port one: 12W USB-A
Port two: 12W USB-A
Port three: 12W USB-A
Port four: 12W USB-A
Dimensions: 2.6 by 2.6 by 1.1 inches
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