Still shipping with that crappy 5W charger!

zorinlynx

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I'm a bit surprised to see Apple STILL shipping that underpowered 5W charger with the iPhone 7 and 7+.

Ever since the 6/6+, iPhones can charge at 12W. They really should be shipping iPad-style 10W or 12W chargers now.

So just a reminder, if you get an iPhone 7, especially a Plus, you might want to pick up an iPad charger too. Your charging will be FAR quicker!
 

AustinIllini

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The Plus model's battery life will be long enough it won't matter. I sleep an average of 8 hours per night. Even at 5W it will take far less than 8 hours to charge.
 
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Armen

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I'm a bit surprised to see Apple STILL shipping that underpowered 5W charger with the iPhone 7 and 7+.

Ever since the 6/6+, iPhones can charge at 12W. They really should be shipping iPad-style 10W or 12W chargers now.

So just a reminder, if you get an iPhone 7, especially a Plus, you might want to pick up an iPad charger too. Your charging will be FAR quicker!
I do have an iPad charger in my bag but I usually charge my phone overnight so it's not a big deal for me. Good to know the ipad charger is safe for the iPhone though.
 

12vElectronics

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Agreed.

First thing I did when I got my 6+ was to replace all the chargers (home and work) with the 12w charger. Biggest difference ever!
 

Elisha

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They ship with a higher power charger for Europe or Asia do they not?
I wish they could keep the size but make it a 10w.
 

AbSoluTc

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I use the 29W charger with the USB C to Lightning cable. It's amazing. My iPad Pro 12.9 charges way faster and so does my phone. I have been using the 10w chargers since iPhone 5.
 
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I use the 29W charger with the USB C to Lightning cable. It's amazing. My iPad Pro 12.9 charges way faster and so does my phone. I have been using the 10w chargers since iPhone 5.

REALLY ... for your iPhone ... when you can't use the 29W on a 9.7" iPad Pro?
 

RedOrchestra

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Here's what I was looking for - you can use it BUT no advantage outside of the 12.9" iPad

"the reason it appears more powerful in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is because only the 12.9-inch Pro has the "fast charging" capability. With other devices, they'll just charge at the the same rate as a standard power adapter."
 

AbSoluTc

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Here's what I was looking for - you can use it BUT no advantage outside of the 12.9" iPad

"the reason it appears more powerful in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is because only the 12.9-inch Pro has the "fast charging" capability. With other devices, they'll just charge at the the same rate as a standard power adapter."
Been down this road before.

Side by side, iPhone 6S Plus w/5w charger vs iPhone 6S Plus w/10/12/29w charger - the later charges much faster. I've tested it.
 

Jnyce

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I'm a bit surprised to see Apple STILL shipping that underpowered 5W charger with the iPhone 7 and 7+.

Ever since the 6/6+, iPhones can charge at 12W. They really should be shipping iPad-style 10W or 12W chargers now.

So just a reminder, if you get an iPhone 7, especially a Plus, you might want to pick up an iPad charger too. Your charging will be FAR quicker!
I have so many 10w and 12w chargers that this is not an issue .
 
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KrisLord

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There are probably 4 or 5 power levels for charging iOS products:

5w 0.5A a basic USB port
5w 1A an Apple 5w charger or a fast charging port on a PC
10/12w 2A/2.4A an iPad charger
29w 2A a MacBook charger

iPhone 6 and more recent can use the first 3.

A 12" iPad can use all of them.
 

1080p

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Remember that iPhone can charge fast plugged into a Mac too. OSX can detect the iPhone and allow more power to the USB port for the iPhone.
 
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bhayes444

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I'm a bit surprised to see Apple STILL shipping that underpowered 5W charger with the iPhone 7 and 7+.

Ever since the 6/6+, iPhones can charge at 12W. They really should be shipping iPad-style 10W or 12W chargers now.

So just a reminder, if you get an iPhone 7, especially a Plus, you might want to pick up an iPad charger too. Your charging will be FAR quicker!
The 6s does not charge faster on anything higher than the stock power adapter. 6, 6+, and 6s+ do however. Hopefully both the 7 and 7+ can as well.
 

TechnicallyTee

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I don't even use that sorry charger anymore, Idk why Apple can't incorporate fast charging. I just use the 12W charger and call it a day.
 

sahilpatel12

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i have this since 2 yrs and i use there high speeds for my apple watch and iphone and still got three regulars.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DVH62J2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

There new verison which comes with all high speed ports rather than old ones which only had 2. In my opion yall should get something like this rather an ipad charger hence you only get one port.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P933OJC/ref=pd_cp_0_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=03NC9KQGH3CCVFD4MFYW (should be newest also but without cables)

https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerPort-Charging-Premium-Motorola/dp/B00WI2DN4S/ref=dp_ob_title_wld (newest with micro cables )
 

CSpackler

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The 6 and 6s charge in just under 2 hours with the 5w/1A wall wart adapter; that's not too bad and comparable to other models like the 5s and SE (even though the 6 and 6s support fast charging at 2.1A; 5, 5s and SE do not). The plus models take ~3 hours... this is where Apple should really include a 2A charger.
 

bhayes444

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The 6 and 6s charge in just under 2 hours with the 5w/1A wall wart adapter; that's not too bad and comparable to other models like the 5s and SE (even though the 6 and 6s support fast charging at 2.1A; 5, 5s and SE do not). The plus models take ~3 hours... this is where Apple should really include a 2A charger.
As many people on this forum have stated score, myself included, the 6s does not fast charge like the 6, 6+, or 6s+. No clue why it does this.
 

CSpackler

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As many people on this forum have stated score, myself included, the 6s does not fast charge like the 6, 6+, or 6s+. No clue why it does this.
Interesting. I guess you'd have to check the charging profiles in OSX to be sure what max current the battery will draw. My 6s+ definitely seems faster on the 2A iPad charger, however I haven't tested it against the 1A wall wart.
 

KrisLord

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Interesting. I guess you'd have to check the charging profiles in OSX to be sure what max current the battery will draw. My 6s+ definitely seems faster on the 2A iPad charger, however I haven't tested it against the 1A wall wart.
My 6S is pulling 500mA and 1600mA so that's 2.1A which is about 10w.

This is plugged into a 2012 Mac mini
 
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Truefan31

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As many people on this forum have stated score, myself included, the 6s does not fast charge like the 6, 6+, or 6s+. No clue why it does this.
I have both a 6s and 6s plus. They both take faster charging using a 2.4 amp charger. I've seen it using a tweak called battery life. It charges at about 1100-1300 mA so that's faster than the normal 1 amp charger. Then it trickles to around 400-600mA as it gets closer to 100.

I do wonder if the 7 will take true 2amp charging though. It was rumored.
 
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