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How to Fast Charge Your iPhone 11

Wondering why your brand new iPhone 11 takes so long to charge even though it supports Fast Charging? You need a different charger and cable.

When it comes to the iPhone 11, you might be wondering why it takes so long to charge. With the included charger it takes over three hours to charge in full. But the phone does come with Fast Charging support. And Fast Charging allows you to recharge your iPhone 11’s battery up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. And up to about 80% in an hour.

The problem isn’t with the iPhone 11 but the fact that Apple ships it with a weak charger.

Apple has included the ability to fast charge your phone starting with the iPhone 8. There are no special settings to enable, you just need the right charger and cable.

Fast Charge iPhone 11

Presumably, to lower the cost, the iPhone 11 only comes with a weak 5W charger and Lightning-to-USB cable in the box. However, Apple does bundle an 18W USB-C fast charger and supporting USB-C to Lightning cable with the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max models.

The included charging setup is fine for letting the iPhone 11 charge overnight. But if you need a quick shot of juice to get your phone through the rest of the day, you’ll want the fast charging capability.

Get Your Charger and Cable

Now, when it comes to fast charging your iPhone 11 you need the proper accessories. You need to get an 18W USB-C Fast Charger as well as a USB-C to Lightning cable.

Of course, Apple will sell you both the charger and cable separately and it’s going to cost around $50 for both. You can get them directly from Apple or the official Apple accessories on Amazon. The 18W charger itself goes for about $30 and you can grab a USB-C to Lightning cable for around $19.

Or, you can get a third-party charger and cable on Amazon for a bit less. For example, you can grab the Aukey 18W PD Fast Charger and Aukey USB-C to Lightning cable for under $30.

The main reason for buying the official Apple charger and cable is peace of mind. And if you just got your iPhone 11, the extra fifty dollars just might be worth it.

If you have an older gen iPhone and haven’t tried fast charging or need a replacement charging rig, you can save a few bucks by going third-party.

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