Is charging faster using the USB-C charger?

JimmyBanks6

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Fairly annoyed that Apple refuses to package USB-C with their devices yet their computers are all USB-C.

Would the USB-C Apple Watch charger, charge faster than the packaged USB-A? Or are both limited to 5W?
 

zmon

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It's the same, I believe even the standard 5w may be a bit throttled due to the battery size. At the very least, I haven't noticed a difference charging it with my 18w or mbp chargers with the usb-c cable compared to the 5w/usb-a cable.
 
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ApfelKuchen

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Charging speed depends on the wattage of the charger adapter. You can use a 10 watt or 12 watt iPad charger with nearly any model iPhone and get faster charging speeds.

iPhone 8 and newer can also use "Fast Charging" - this requires the combination of a USB-C to Lightning cable PLUS a higher-wattage USB-C power adapter (Apple 18W, 29W, 30W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapter, according to https://support.apple.com/HT208137).
 

Ericdjensen

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Charging speed depends on the wattage of the charger adapter. You can use a 10 watt or 12 watt iPad charger with nearly any model iPhone and get faster charging speeds.

iPhone 8 and newer can also use "Fast Charging" - this requires the combination of a USB-C to Lightning cable PLUS a higher-wattage USB-C power adapter (Apple 18W, 29W, 30W, 61W, or 87W USB-C Power Adapter, according to https://support.apple.com/HT208137).
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JimmyBanks6

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It's the same, I believe even the standard 5w may be a bit throttled due to the battery size. At the very least, I haven't noticed a difference charging it with my 18w or mbp chargers with the usb-c cable compared to the 5w/usb-a cable.
Thank you
 

Itinj24

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I find the Apple Watch to charge relatively fast even with the packaged cable and 5w brick. Are you finding it to charge slow? Maybe there’s another underlying issue.
 

TheSkywalker77

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Wouldn't fast charging absolutely destroy your batter life though? Especially on such a small battery. From my understanding, fast charging degrades your battery faster.
 

Abazigal

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Fairly annoyed that Apple refuses to package USB-C with their devices yet their computers are all USB-C.

Would the USB-C Apple Watch charger, charge faster than the packaged USB-A? Or are both limited to 5W?
Charged my watch using the usb-C charger out of a 60-W charger. Can't say I noticed any improvement in the charging speed.