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Best iPhone chargers 2022: the perfect cables, mats and blocks for your iPhone

Best iPhone chargers
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The best iPhone chargers typically are ones that juice up your iPhone fast, and are slick and convenient to use.

Other considerations when choosing a charger include whether it's wired or wireless, how compact it is, and of course how much it costs.

Generally a wired charger will power your phone up faster than a wireless one, but of course you're also then tethered to cables, so it's worth weighing up what's most important to you.

It's worth paying attention to the power of the charger too, particularly if you already have one and are looking for an upgrade - until fairly recently, every iPhone came with a 5W charger, but these don't support fast-charging. For that you need to upgrade to an 18W charger or more, and make sure it also has a USB-C connector if you want to get the best speeds.

But for the best wireless chargers, it's useful to know that iPhones use slightly different wireless charging to Android devices. Look out for PD (Power Delivery) if fast charging is a vital feature. Without it, fast charging won't live up to its name. 

And if you have a more modern iPhone like an iPhone 12, iPhone 13 or iPhone SE (2022) then your phone won't have even come with a charger in the box, making purchasing one all the more vital.

There's a lot to consider then, but that's where this guide comes in, as we've highlighted many of the best options, and we'll talk you through exactly what makes them good. But if you want other choices then also take a look at our best power banks and best wireless chargers guides.

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 best official iPhone charger

Specifications

Wattage: 20W
Weight: Not stated
Ports: USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Fastest Apple iPhone power adapter yet
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Typical Apple quality

Reasons to avoid

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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. 

At 20W it's a fast charger so it's a worthwhile investment compared to simply using the charging cable, but you'll likely begrudge the fact you need to pay the extra, especially as in the scheme of smartphone charging, 20W isn’t all that fast (though it’s about as much as an iPhone can support).

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, making it easily one of the best iPhone chargers. 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

A great choice for a big speed boost

Specifications

Wattage: 18W
Weight: not stated
Ports: USB-C

Reasons to buy

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18W is much faster than 5W
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Typical Apple quality

Reasons to avoid

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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.

This also obviously isn’t quite as powerful as Apple’s 20W charger, but the difference is negligible, and if your device can’t make the most of 20W then this is a safe bet – if an inevitably overpriced one, coming from Apple as it does.

Anker PowerPort Speed Plus Duo

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3. Anker PowerPort Speed Plus Duo

A great charger if you need multiple ports and high speeds

Specifications

Wattage: 42W
Weight: 145g
Ports: USB-C, USB-A

Reasons to buy

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Fast charging for iPhones
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Also has a USB-A port

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky compared to Apple adapters
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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.

Given the high power here it’s a great bet for if you have other devices that support fast charging (including those that support higher power charging that any iPhone). It’s potentially more future-proofed for Apple devices too, since in future we might see faster charging iPhones that can take full advantage of a 42W charger.

Anker PowerPort Atom III

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4. Anker PowerPort Atom III

A top choice for masses of power

Specifications

Wattage: 60W
Weight: 142g
Ports: USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Very powerful
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Two-port version available
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Smaller than Apple equivalent

Reasons to avoid

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You don't need this much power for just iPhone charging

If you want to charge your laptop as well as your iPhone, this is one of the best iPhone chargers 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.

At 60W it still can’t charge some devices (such as certain Android phones) at top speeds, so consider that if you plan to use this with devices other than your iPhone, but it’s certainly one of the fastest chargers that also powers up Apple gadgets quickly.

On the flipside, if all you want to do is charge your iPhone then this thing is overkill, and you can potentially get a cheaper charger that will do the job just as well. So consider what you need before buying.

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

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Three ports for multiple devices
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Fast charging compared to rivals

Reasons to avoid

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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.

If you only tend to charge one device at a time then we’d recommend something smaller with fewer ports (and potentially a lower price or higher power), but if you use multiple battery-powered gadgets then this is a great call.

TOMMOX PowerCenter 4 75W PD USB Charger

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6. TOMMOX PowerCenter 4 75W PD USB Charger

A great choice for power and versatility

Specifications

Wattage: 75W
Weight: 228g
Ports: 1 x USB-C, 3 x USB-A

Reasons to buy

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Very powerful
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Four ports for charging multiple devices at once

Reasons to avoid

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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 - so much so that for our money it ranks among the best iPhone chargers.

It can throw up to 60W of power through its USB-C connector, which is enough to speedily charge a laptop, and its triple USB-A connectors enable you to connect and charge three other devices at the same time. That’s more ports than most chargers give you.

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, and it’s one of the most powerful options on this list, so it’s ideal for juicing up devices that support its full wattage.

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

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Incredibly fast charging
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Virtually unbreakable design
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Comes with a lifetime guarantee

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap compared to rivals

The Powerline Plus II cable is exceptionally tough and exceptionally quick, and it 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.

The Anker Powerline Plus II USB-C to Lightning Cable is not cheap, but given its durability it could end up being better value than other cables, which might need replacing a lot more frequently. So for savvy buyers this is a strong choice.

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

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Cheaper than the Powerline Plus II
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It has a lifetime guarantee

Reasons to avoid

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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 similar 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.

In short then if you plan to use this cable a lot – and don’t want to have to replace it for a long, long time – it’s probably worth spending the extra on the Powerline Plus II, but as a relatively basic, affordable option, this is a strong choice.

AmazonBasics DoubleBraided Nylon USB-A to Lightning Cable

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3. Amazon Basics 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

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It’s really long
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It comes in a range of colors

Reasons to avoid

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USB-A, not C
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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.

We can’t overstate how useful that actually is, since it means there’s almost no situation where you won’t be able to still use your device while it’s charging.

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

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Highly compatible with a range of devices
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Apple branded

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than other options
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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.

Of course, coming from Apple you’ll also be paying above the odds for what you get, but in exchange you get the reassurance of a trusted brand.

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

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Three kinds of connectors for multiple devices
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Good build quality
+
Works with old iPhones

Reasons to avoid

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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.

So this pack can help you charge almost anything, and you’re unlikely to wear them out quickly. If you only have one device, or all your chargeable gadgets use the same connector, then these three cables may not be necessary, but if your house is as full of gadgets as ours then these cables will come in real handy.

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

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A little bit longer than rivals
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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 likely to be 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.

There are of course even longer cables than this available, but they can be overkill, where this strikes a nice balance.

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

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Charge iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch
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Perfect for charging at night
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Wireless everything

Reasons to avoid

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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 travelers.

The Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad 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. So it’s a very well thought through and complete wireless charging option.

If there’s a downside it’s that this isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly still good value for money, and one of the best iPhone chargers overall.

Apple MagSafe Duo Charger

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2. MagSafe Duo

Portable if slow

Specifications

Wattage: Up to 14W
Portable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Very portable
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Charges multiple devices

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive compared to others on the list
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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 some other wireless chargers because it only offers up to 11W when hooked up to a 27W wall adapter (which isn’t included here), 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. Still, as this works well both as a travel charger and a primary one, you won’t have to buy two if you get this.

Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charging Pad

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3. Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charging Pad

Wireless charging at solid speeds

Specifications

Wattage: 10W / 7.5W (iPhones)
Portable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Simple and slimline design
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Non-slip surface
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More iPhone power than most

Reasons to avoid

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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 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.

Note that if you have a MagSafe charger and iPhone you can exceed 7.5W – in that case you can get up to 15W, just not with Qi charging.

Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock

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4. Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock

A simple, affordable option

Specifications

Wattage: 12W (wired) 5W (wireless)
Portable: not really

Reasons to buy

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Simple dual charging
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Movable Lightning connector

Reasons to avoid

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Wireless is for Watch, not iPhone
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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.

For everyone else though, the Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock looks to be a very strong choice of wireless charger, and one of the best iPhone chargers around.

Anker Power Drive PD 2-port Type C Car Charger

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5. 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

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Very powerful for a car charger
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USB-C for fast charging iPhones
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USB-A for older devices

Reasons to avoid

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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.

This is specifically a car charger, so don’t buy it as an all-purpose solution, but if you need an in-car option then this is one of the best. Just note that you need to unplug it when the engine is turned off, which can be a minor bit of extra hassle.

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

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6. Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

Dependable if pricey

Specifications

Wattage: 27W
Weight: Not specified
Ports: MagSafe/USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly simple design
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Reliable connection for charging 

Reasons to avoid

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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. It’s slick, simple, and very Apple.

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 realize why. Just don't count on it coming with a power adapter or cable because, of course, it doesn't, so that’s potentially yet another expense you’ll have to factor in if you somehow don’t already have one. Still, cost aside this is one of the best iPhone chargers.

What type of iPhone charger is for you?

How to choose the best iPhone charger for you

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. 

The options above are our favorite iPhone charging blocks, iPhone charging cables and wireless iPhone charging pads, so they're a good place to start. 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.

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."