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Best iPhone chargers 2021: the perfect cables, mats and blocks for your iPhone

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The best iPhone chargers offer convenience and speed. As Apple devices get more powerful, they require bigger and better batteries, which typically means regular recharging, so you want the solution to be as convenient as possible.

It's also worth considering if you prefer a wired or wireless charger. Wired can be faster, depending on the power of the charger, but wireless is often more practical. Until relatively recently, every iPhone came with a 5W charger but those don't support fast charging. Instead, you'll need an 18W charger or better, and it should have a USB-C connector rather than the more familiar USB-A. 

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series of smartphones don't come with chargers in the box, so you may want to purchase your own wired charger seperately.

For the best wireless chargers, it's important to know that iPhones use slightly different wireless charging to Android devices so it's vital that you look for PD (Power Delivery) as a feature if fast charging matters to you – that's the one iPhones use. 

Without it, fast charging won't actually be very fast. You'll also need to check that your iPhone supports wireless charging with older devices only able to be charged via a cable. 

Once you've checked these things, keep on reading and follow our advice about what to look for when tracking down the best iPhone chargers. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are on the way, so we may soon see some discounts on the products below as well as a collection of the best iPhone Black Friday deals. We've included our selection of the best, too.

The best iPhone chargers and charging blocks

Apple 20w USB-C power adapter

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1. Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter

The charger your new iPhone is missing

Specifications
Wattage: 20W
Weight: Not stated
Ports: USB-C
Reasons to buy
+Fastest Apple iPhone power adapter yet+Typical Apple quality
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive Apple pricing

The charger that Apple recommends for your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max or iPhone 13 mini is also the one you'll wish came bundled with your not exactly cheap purchase. 

It's a fast charger so it's a worthwhile investment compared to simply using the charging cable, but you'll begrudge the fact you need to pay the extra. 

Still, if you're going to buy one, at least you  know you'll get a quality product. It has that clean minimalist design that works so well for Apple devices, and it's incredibly simple to use. Obviously, don't expect it to come with a spare charging cable. That would be far too much like good value. 

Apple 18W USB-C Power Adapter

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2. Apple 18W USB-C Power Adapter

Offers a big speed boost

Specifications
Wattage: 18W
Weight: not stated
Ports: USB-C
Reasons to buy
+18W is much faster than 5W+Typical Apple quality
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive Apple pricing

Apple recommends this charger for the iPad Pro and iPhone 8 or later, all of which support fast charging. It's frustrating Apple doesn't provide this fast charger with the any of its phones anymore.

But if you’re a heavy iPhone user, it’s a worthwhile investment. The difference between the 18W charger and the ancient 5W one is dramatic: with the former you can get about 50% charge from flat in half an hour, but the latter takes much longer. It's worth noting you won't get a cable with this charger though. Sigh.

Anker PowerPort Speed Plus Duo

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3. Anker PowerPort Speed Plus Duo

Two ports and high speeds

Specifications
Wattage: 42W
Weight: 145g
Ports: USB-C, USB-A
Reasons to buy
+Fast charging for iPhones+Also has a USB-A port
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky compared to Apple adapters-Not quite powerful enough for a laptop

If you can’t bear giving more money to Apple for the charger that should have come with your phone in the first place, be careful what you buy instead: some chargers advertised as fast chargers are only fast for Android devices, not Apple ones. This one, though, is a 42W fast charger that works with all iPhones and fast charges iPhone 8s onwards.

It’s half the price of the Apple one and has one high-speed USB-C for fast charging and a second USB-A for other devices. Cables aren’t included.

We’ve used many Anker chargers over the years now and we’ve found them to be consistently reliable.

Anker PowerPort Atom III

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4. Anker PowerPort Atom III

Masses of power

Specifications
Wattage: 60W
Weight: 142g
Ports: USB-C
Reasons to buy
+Very powerful+Two-port version available+Smaller than Apple equivalent
Reasons to avoid
-You don't need this much power for just phone charging

If you want to charge your laptop as well as your iPhone, this is the iPhone charger for you. It comes in two models, a single-port one and one with a second USB-A port.

The PowerPort Atom III has 60W of power and can charge pretty much anything that you can connect to its USB-C port.

TeckNet 30W PD USB Charger

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5. TeckNet 30W PD USB Charger

A three-port beast

Specifications
Wattage: 30W
Weight: 168g
Ports: 1 x USB-C, 2 x USB-A
Reasons to buy
+Three ports for multiple devices+Fast charging compared to rivals
Reasons to avoid
-Large design that might be impractical for some people

Most of us live in households where there’s more than one kind of device to charge. That's why this charger from TeckNet is a good solution: it has an 18W USB-C port with Power Delivery for fast charging your iPhone, and it also has two USB-A ports that you can use to charge other devices at the same time.

It’s a fairly bulky charger – don’t expect to be able to hide it behind something in the kitchen – but it’s solid, safe and delivers enough power to recharge even the biggest iPhone at a high speed. Three ports mean it’s a good travel option too.

TOMMOX PowerCenter 4 75W PD USB Charger

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6. TOMMOX PowerCenter 4 75W PD USB Charger

Powerful and versatile

Specifications
Wattage: 75W
Weight: 228g
Ports: 1 x USB-C, 3 x USB-A
Reasons to buy
+Very powerful+Four ports for charging multiple devices at once
Reasons to avoid
-It’s bulky so not ideal for travelling or commuting

This charger isn't stylish, it’s not incredibly light and it’s not very small, but the PowerCenter 4 is pretty useful. It can throw up to 60W through its USB-C connector, which is enough to charge a laptop, and its triple USB-A connectors enable you to connect and charge three other devices at the same time.

Like its rival chargers, it’s dual voltage so you can take it with you on holiday to charge your iPhone, your Kindle, your camera, your Apple Watch and anything else that needs topping up. It’s not as elegant as a multi-device wireless charger, but it’s an awful lot cheaper.

The best iPhone charging cables

Anker Powerline Plus II USB-C to Lightning Cable

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1. Anker Powerline Plus II USB-C to Lightning Cable

Very fast and built to last

Specifications
Length: 0.9m
Connections: USB-C to Lightning
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly fast charging+Virtually unbreakable design+Comes with a lifetime guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap compared to rivals

The Powerline Plus II is exceptionally tough and exceptionally quick, and may be the last Lightning cable you ever buy. That’s because it’s designed for USB-C connections, which deliver much faster charging than USB-A ones – assuming your charger delivers the right amount of juice, of course.

It works with high-powered chargers, including Apple’s ones, and is lab-tested to withstand 30,000 bends, which means it should last thirty times longer than lesser cables. Anker is so confident that it offers a lifetime warranty: this cable should last much longer than any of your iPhones or iPads.

Anker Powerline USB-C to Lightning Cable

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2. Anker Powerline USB-C to Lightning Cable

A cheaper, weaker option

Specifications
Length: 1.8m
Connections: USB-C to Lightning
Reasons to buy
+Cheaper than the Powerline Plus II+It has a lifetime guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-Not braided so more likely to break and tangle

If you’re not fussed about getting a braided cable and want a 1.8 meter one, the original Powerline cables are very good value: you’ll be hard pushed to find a simialr quality USB-C cable of the same length for the same price.

The question here is whether you want the increased strength of the braided Powerline Plus II, which is only a little bit more expensive. Where that one has been lab-tested to survive 30,000 bends, the original Powerline has only been tested to 12,000 bends – although like its sibling it does come with a lifetime warranty.

AmazonBasics DoubleBraided Nylon USB-A to Lightning Cable

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3. AmazonBasics DoubleBraided Nylon USB-A to Lightning Cable

A cable with a lot of length

Specifications
Length: 3m
Connections: USB-A to Lightning
Reasons to buy
+It’s really long+It comes in a range of colors
Reasons to avoid
-USB-A, not C-Some colors will cost more

This 3 meter cable may be the most useful iPhone charging cable ever made. It’s available in much smaller sizes, but there’s a reason we love the long one. It’s long enough to stretch from a wall socket to the sofa or from your in-car charger to the kids’ iPad in the back seat.

Length isn’t the only good thing here. Nylon braiding means it doesn’t tangle easily, and the sleeves at the joint between the cable and the connector prevent the bending that can lead to dangerous fraying.

The colors range from utilitarian grey to hard-to-lose red and rose gold. Our only niggle is that the lightning end feels a little looser than Apple’s own cable, especially in our iPad.

Apple USB-C to Lightning cable

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4. Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable

The straightforward choice

Specifications
Length: 1m
Connections: USB-C to Lightning
Reasons to buy
+Highly compatible with a range of devices+Apple branded
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than other options-Not as durable as rivals

Simple in almost every way, the Apple USB-C to Lightning cable is an ideal option if you prefer sticking with the Apple name. It's not as durable as some other options here, with the cable prone to fraying after a lot of use unless you're very careful, but you have the guarantee of compatibility thanks to this being made exclusively for Apple devices. 

The cable works with iPhones, iPads and iPods that have Lightning connectors so it's fairly flexible here. You can also use it with numerous types of USB-C power adapters to gain fast-charging functionality. It's far from an exciting cable with only one color option and little else going on, but it's highly dependable. 

Belkin Triple Pack of 6-inch Charge and Sync Cables

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5. Belkin Triple Pack of 6-inch Charge and Sync Cables

Connects to almost everything

Specifications
Length: 6 inches
Connectors: USB-A / Lightning, USB-A / microUSB, USB-A / Apple 30-pin
Reasons to buy
+Three kinds of connectors for multiple devices+Good build quality+Works with old iPhones
Reasons to avoid
-They’re very short compared to rivals

Here’s a handy one for people with gadgets of various vintages: a triple pack of 6-inch charging cables that covers pre-Lightning iPhones, iPads and iPods, plus modern Lightning devices and non-Apple micro USB devices such as Kindles, console controllers and cameras.

We’d argue that the main benefit of buying a triple-pack of good-quality cables from the likes of Belkin instead of a single cable with swappable connectors is that swapping connectors causes wear and tear for the three days you get before losing all of them.

Belkin Boost Charge USB-C cable

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6. Belkin Boost Charge USB-C cable

A high-quality choice that gives you room to maneuver

Specifications
Length: 1.2m
Connectors: USB-A to Lightning
Reasons to buy
+A little bit longer than rivals+Typical good Belkin quality
Reasons to avoid
-Limited color choice on offer-Not braided so more likely to tangle

Sometimes little things make a big difference: at 1.2 meters (4ft) compared to the more common 0.9 meter (3ft), Belkin’s Boost is a little bit longer than the average iPhone charging cable.

That extra foot means it’s a lot more useful: it’s long enough to reach from the floor socket to the sofa without you having to sit in an awkward position; it’s long enough to reach the bedside table without having to rearrange the furniture; it’s long enough for the passenger in your car, and so on.

It’s a typically high quality Belkin product, although personally we prefer braided cables to smooth ones as they're less likely to get tangled and damaged.

Raviad iPhone Charger Cable

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7. Raviad iPhone Charger Cable

Cheap in price rather than quality

Specifications
Length: 1m
Connectors: USB-A to Lightning
Reasons to buy
+Very cheap compared to rivals+Braided cable means they're less likely to get tangled or break
Reasons to avoid
-Not the longest option on the list

Prone to sucking up cables with your vacuum cleaner, misplacing them, or having pets chew through them? This Raviad iPhone Charger Cable is cheap enough that you won't lament the cost quite so much when one of these things occurs. 

It feels almost too cheap but its only real flaw is that it's a little on the short side. Other than that, its braided exterior means you can feel confident that this cable isn't going to get damaged in a hurry. And if it does? It's the cheapest accessory you've bought in years.

The best iPhone wireless charging pads and car chargers

Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad

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1. Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad

Charge all your Apple devices at once

Specifications
Wattage: 7.5W
Portable: Not really
Reasons to buy
+Charge iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch+Perfect for charging at night+Wireless everything
Reasons to avoid
-Relatively expensive compared to rivals

With Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad DOA, where do you go when you want to charge not just your iPhone but your AirPods and your Apple Watch too? Mophie has the answer, and while it’s hardly cheap, it’s compact, stylish, easy to clean and particularly handy for commuters and travellers.

It will chuck 7.5W of power at your iPhone and works through cases up to 3mm thick, while the Apple Watch connector is housed at an angle that’s ideal for Bedside Mode and the AirPods charging point doesn’t obscure your view of your Apple Watch’s face.

Unlike standard wireless charging pads you won’t need to buy or provide a separate wall charger, either.

Apple MagSafe Charger

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2. Apple MagSafe Charger

The best 'wireless' option for iPhone 12

Specifications
Wattage: 15W
Portable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Fast speeds compared to rivals+Simple design Apple is known for
Reasons to avoid
-Not quite wireless

The Apple MagSafe charger is designed with the iPhone 12 in mind, using the smartphone's magnets to align correctly and thereby ensuring you get the best possible charging speeds. 

It doesn't feel as wireless as some wireless chargers because, simply put, it's not. Instead, you clip the MagSafe charger to the back of your phone but it's still far more convenient than plugging in a regular charging cable, plus it's faster. 

As always with official Apple products, expect to pay a bit of a premium for the convenience of properly aligned magnets. 

Apple MagSafe Duo Charger

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3. MagSafe Duo

Portable if slow

Specifications
Wattage: Up to 14W
Portable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Very portable+Charges multiple devices
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive compared to others on the list-Slower charging than rivals

If you want a highly stylish wireless charger that also happens to charge both your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time, the MagSafe Duo looks gorgeous. It's not as fast as other wireless chargers because it only offers up to 11W when hooked up to a (not included) 27W wall adapter, however that won't be an issue if your focus is overnight charging.

Where the MagSafe Duo does stand out is in its ability to be folded in half and easily deposited in your pocket for safe keeping. You won't have trouble finding room for this device when it's not in use, and it's ideal for regular travel. 

Just bear in mind that you're paying the Apple premium for good looks and a practical design. 

Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charging Pad

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4. Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charging Pad

Wireless charging at solid speeds

Specifications
Wattage: 10W / 7.5W (iPhones)
Portable: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Simple and slimline design+Non-slip surface+More iPhone power than most
Reasons to avoid
-Requires appropriate wall charger

As with wired fast chargers, wireless chargers don’t work in the same way for iPhones as they do for Android devices.

For example, a typical 10W wireless charger will deliver that power to Android but drop to 7.5W or even 5W for an iPhone. That’s because Apple doesn’t currently support 10W wireless charging: it initially supported 5W and upped that to 7.5W, but iOS 13 still currently limits some Qi chargers to 5W.

This Anker wireless charger delivers the current iPhone maximum of 7.5W to recent iPhones, but it’s important to note that it can only do that if it’s connected to a wall charger that’s compatible with Quick Charge 3.0. If not, it isn’t drawing enough power.

Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock

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5. Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock

A simple, affordable option

Specifications
Wattage: 12W (wired) 5W (wireless)
Portable: not really
Reasons to buy
+Simple dual charging+Movable Lightning connector
Reasons to avoid
-Wireless is for Watch, not iPhone-Some users report case color transfer

Belkin’s PowerHouse is a simple, effective and reasonably-priced dual charger for iPhone and Apple Watch, and it works with any iPhone that has a Lightning connector.

Unlike the Mophie wireless pad there’s no AirPods charger and the iPhone connection is wired, not wireless – but the connector is movable so you shouldn’t have to take your phone out of its case.

The integrated, magnetic Apple Watch charger doesn’t need your charging cable – so you can use your Watch cable somewhere else, for example when you’re traveling or at work.

It’s a good quality charger but beware if you have an official Apple leather case: some reviewers say the heat from the charger transfers color from the case to the charger.

Anker Power Drive PD 2-port Type C Car Charger

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6. Anker Power Drive PD 2-port Type C Car Charger

A fast charging solution for your car

Specifications
Wattage: 30W
Ports: USB-C, USB-A
Reasons to buy
+Very powerful for a car charger+USB-C for fast charging iPhones+USB-A for older devices
Reasons to avoid
-You need to unplug it when the engine’s off

Many car chargers deliver tiny amounts of power, and that’s a problem if you want to charge something hungry such as an iPad, or if you need to recharge a flat iPhone in a hurry.

Anker’s Power Drive PD solves that problem: it’s a 30W charger with a fast USB-C port as well as a USB-A port for older devices and devices that don’t support fast charging.

That means you can charge your iPad while topping up your iPhone, or just recharge something big like your laptop. It’s small, too, so it won’t dominate the dashboard like some other multi-socket chargers do.

Anker PowerDrive 2 Elite Car Charger

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7. Anker PowerDrive 2 Elite Car Charger

It's not fast but it is cheap

Specifications
Wattage: 24W
Ports: 2x USB-A
Reasons to buy
+Cheap compared to rivals
Reasons to avoid
-Limited power output-No fast charging option

If your iPhone doesn’t support fast charging, if you don’t need it, or if you don’t want to pay for it, then this is one of the best bargain chargers. There’s no USB-C socket here so don’t expect to charge an iPhone 11 in half an hour, but twin USB-A sockets mean you can connect two devices simultaneously.

It’s a good option for running older devices or for maintaining the charge you already have, so for example you could use it to power your phone when you use it as a sat-nav: no matter how far your destination, you’ll still have a fully-charged iPhone when you get there.

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

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8. Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

Dependable if pricey

Specifications
Wattage: 27W
Weight: Not specified
Ports: MagSafe/USB-C
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly simple design+Reliable connection for charging 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive because it's an Apple product

Utilizing the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 range's method of using magnets to perfectly align everything, the MagSafe Battery Pack looks great. Simply attach it to the back of your iPhone and you're good to go. 

The magnets mean it's firmly attached with the battery pack capable of charging via a 27W or higher charger such as those with a MacBook, or there's the option to use a Lightning cable for up to 15W of wireless charging.

It's expensive for what it is but as is always the way with Apple products, you'll grudgingly realise why. Just don't count on it coming with a power adapter or cable because, of course, it doesn't. 

What type of iPhone charger is for you?

How to pick an iPhone charger

Don’t just look at the price. Look at what you want to do now, and what you might want to do next year. For example, an 18W charger will fast charge your iPhone, but it’s not powerful enough to run a MacBook Pro. A more powerful one may be a better option for your future tech arsenal.

It’s also wise to go for USB-C even if you don’t need it right now. That’s where everything is heading, so USB-C is future-proofed and backwards compatible. Just remember that we mean USB-C plugging into the charger, and Lightning on the other end of the cable to plug into the iPhone. 

Below are our favorite iPhone charging blocks, iPhone charging cables and wireless iPhone charging pads. We’ve chosen them based on three key criteria: quality, usefulness and value for money. Whether you’re a road warrior or a box set binger, these chargers, cables and pads are the best ways to keep your iPhone powered up.

Wireless vs wired charging

Wireless isn’t always as fast, but it’s more convenient. Most wireless iPhone chargers deliver 5W or 7.5W and work through most iPhone cases.

Most standalone charging pads expect you to provide the actual charger brick, and can’t deliver more power than you put into them – so even if an iPhone wireless charging pad can deliver 7.5W, it can’t do that if you’re plugging it into a charger that only gives it 5W.

What to look for

In a charging block

Power and ports matter here. For fast charging (iPhone 8 onwards) you’ll need 18W or more and USB-C, not the older, more common USB-A.

In a charging cable

Durability is key. Nylon braiding reduces tangling; look for reinforcements where the cable meets the connector, as that’s where cables tend to fray.

In a wireless charger

Many wireless chargers deliver 5W, which is fine for overnight charging, but 7.5W charges faster.

Carrie Marshall

Contributor

Former lion tamer, Girls Aloud backing dancer and habitual liar Carrie Marshall (Twitter, Google+) has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to .net, MacFormat, Tap! and Official Windows Magazine as well as co-writing stacks of how-to tech books. "My job is to cut through the crap," she says. "And there's a lot of crap."