The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X support fast charging but there’s just one problem

Posted:  September 13, 2017   By:    18 comments   

iPhone 8 iPhone X Fast Charging

Finally, Apple has made some significant progress when it comes to charging their newest iPhone. To embrace wireless technology fully, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X now support wireless charging. That made a huge impact on the aesthetics as both iPhone models use glass for the back instead of metal.

Another key feature which didn’t get enough mention is Fast Charging. Yes, you can finally charge faster on a cable.

Before you get all excited, there’s one thing that would put you off, especially if you’re going to spend more than RM5,000 on a new phone.

So how fast does it charge? According to the spec page, all 3 models – the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, are rated to charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes. That’s quite similar to some of the latest Android flagship smartphones with Quick Charge 3.0. If you look at the fine print, it says the following:

Testing conducted by Apple in August 2017 using pre‑production iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X units and software and accessory Apple USB-C Power Adapters (29W Model A1540, 61W Model A1718, 87W Model A1719). Fast-charge testing conducted with drained iPhone units. Charge time varies with environmental factors; actual results will vary.

Obviously, you’ll need a faster-charging power brick if you want to juice up your iPhone quicker. However, if you take a look at the contents of the iPhone 8 or iPhone X, you’ll find that Apple is still bundling the same old 5W charger. That’s the same slow 5V 1A charger that’s been bundled for years including last year’s iPhone 7 Plus. It’s 2017 and even budget Android smartphones are bundled with 5V 2A (10W) power bricks these days.

So if you plan on having a fast charge, you can either use one of those USB Type-C power adapters (USB C PD) that come with the newer MacBook Pro or order a new one from an Apple retailer. The minimum required 29W charger that Apple recommends will cost RM229 for the brick standalone. Since it outputs with USB Type-C, you’ll need to buy a USB Type-C to Lightning cable that costs RM119.

There are no technical details yet of iPhone’s fast charge support. But who knows, it might just charge quickly with existing QuickCharge certified power brick that usually pushes 9V or 12V output. Even on current iPhone models, you can get a noticeably faster charge if you use higher 5V 2.4A chargers that came with the iPad. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.

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18 Comments for The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X support fast charging but there’s just one problem


by the way, SC…..
Apple has already said that they won't come out with a proprietary Qi charger.
u can use any other Qi in the market.


    This post is about fast charging by cable and it has nothing to do with wireless charging.


Qi? That means new iPhone 8 can use the Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Stand too.


fantastic, RM119 for a cable.
Xiaomi Redmi Note series has been shipping with 5V 2A charger for years. My RM605 Redmi Note 4 is also shipping with 5A 2A charger.


    ha gunala xyah bising. noob


The phone price are super expensive and yet needs to buy the 'fast' charger separately…!? The capacity and how long the battery life could last are the main concerns though..


    Dun worry mate, you can bring power bank in case heavy used, if you use two sim just buy another iP8 because dual sim phone slow down the processor and drain battery, that’s why Apple use single sim, smaller battery made the phone itself easy to carry. Just my two cents. Remember, Apple fan won’t consider price and specifications as important factors before buying, the Apple logo is of premium status and self satisfaction is important


There's a reason why Apple only supply with 5W charger. They don't encourage you to use fast charge mode to reduce battery wear rate.


    Oh really?Is that your own point of view or there’s a documented apple study that mention that slow charging can reduce/slown down battery wear rate over time? As far as i know majority of new battery (top manufacturers brand) designed with fast charging support.Many battery manufacturers provide written test report stating that their battery can withhold % of amt of capacities over period of time of use


      Don't worry chris, i-fans have used that lame reason for years to justify apple's greed for whatever reason. tim cook gotta love their inability to think properly.


        ur just a jealous fanDroid


      Heat is the biggest enemy of battery. Fast charging will result in more heat. If you have good ventilation, it's should be ok. There's a tradeoff between fast charging & battery longevity. But since smartphone is considered to have 2 years life, fast charging shouldn't be a problem.

      There's debate for this, you can google it. This article also worth reading… (& also related article in the website)


    Then what's the point of having fast charge as a feature, to begin with? haha. Seems fine with any other fast charge devices that are already out in the market from 2 years ago.


Apple only concern all about money.. if u need fast charging.. u need pay an extra for it..


hahahahahaha….money not an issue for apple fan. malaysia still out from the first wave? LOL


Swan tukar name dy


I used these to fast charge my iPad Pros:

1. Apple USB-C adapter (came with Macbook)
2. Mi USB-C adapter (for Nintendo Switch)
3. Mi Powerbank Pro (on the go)

Most of the time, letting it charge overnight slowly till full the next day and only fast charge on urgent cases.

None of them is bought specifically for fast charging.


It is okay charging my ip8 using 2.4A?