With the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 mini, Apple no longer supplies the common USB charging brick. A USB-C to lightning cable is the sole cord that comes with the package. The iPhone 12 can be charged, but how?
Several USB-A to lightning cables is likely lying around if you are upgrading from an older iPhone.
These cords feature a rectangle USB connector on one end and a Lightning connector on the other; to charge an iPhone, you insert the Lightning connector. Instead, the USB-C to the lightning connector is included with the iPhone 12 series of phones. These cords have the same Lightning connection that connects to an iPhone, but the USB-C connector is located at the rounded, “capsule-like” end of the cable.
What’s the best way to charge my iPhone 12?
The USB-C to lightning cable that comes with the iPhone 12 (or any other USB-C to lightning cable you may purchase online) and a USB-C charger are the finest ways to charge the device.
You are advised to utilize Apple’s 20W USB-C charger. Online retailers provide a wide selection of reliable third-party chargers, including this 2-port charger from Anker.
The iPhone may be charged more quickly when using a USB-C connection and charger. The iPhone can be charged to 50% via USB-C in roughly 30 minutes. The iPhone 12 may take up to 22 watts at its peak, thus a 20-watt or 30-watt charger will result in around the same charging pace. But, any USB-C charger will essentially be much quicker than the older USB-A ones.
Does the iPhone 12 come With a Charger?
The iPhone 12 comes with a USB-C to lightning connection from Apple but not a charger, sometimes known as an AC converter or a charging brick. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean you can’t use your iPhone to charge right away. If your computer or AC adapter has a USB-C connector, you may charge your iPhone using the provided cable. Connect the cable’s USB-C end to the port on your computer and the lightning end to your phone.
Use an Old Apple Charging Block and Cable
Up to the iPhone 12, every Apple device included an AC adapter. iPhones and iPads are included in this. Every charger that came with an Apple device, regardless of size or power output, will function with your new iPhone 12.
Apple is banking on this, which is one of the reasons it stopped including chargers in boxes in the first place. As many customers who buy an iPhone 12 have also purchased other Apple products, Apple decided it was safe to remove the charger.
Charge Wirelessly With MagSafe
Apple’s newest range of magnetically-attached iPhone accessories is called MagSafe. The MagSafe charger is one of those accessories. This MagSafe charger fastens to the back of your iPhone and uses the Qi wireless charging coils on the device to charge it. As is appropriate, you must buy a charging brick separately in addition to the MagSafe charger.
The MagSafe charger can operate with up to 15W of peak power and is compatible with any USB-C connection that outputs at least 12W (5V/2.4A). The iPhone will take longer or shorter to charge depending on what’s powering the MagSafe charger, much like the provided cord.
Can I use my existing charger and cable with my iPhone 12?
If you have USB-A to Lightning cords, you may still use them with the iPhone 12. Only a charger with a USB-A port in the older design will do. Very likely, you already own one of them. You may charge your iPhone 12 at a 5 watts per second rate using USB-A. It is completely safe and will charge your iPhone overnight, although this approach won’t be the quickest.
You could discover that while utilizing USB-A, the iPhone 12 charges more slowly than your previous iPhone. This is because the iPhone 12 battery has a larger capacity, requiring more power to fully charge it. Fast chargers are advised over USB-C chargers since they will speed up charging time for newer iPhones because they have noticeably larger batteries.
Whereas charging over USB-A might take three to four hours, charging via USB-C takes just approximately half as long. Nevertheless, using USB-A to charge is equally secure and won’t harm your iPhone’s battery. So it doesn’t matter how long it takes to charge if you’re doing it overnight, and you can keep using your current charger.
What about wireless charging?
Apple supports up to 7.5 watts of quick wireless charging. Use any wireless charging pad that is Qi compatible, such as this one from Anker or this one from Belkin. Although it is safe and easy, wireless charging for iPhones is not the quickest method. To safeguard the battery, the quantity of charge decreases as the phone grows hotter on the pad. As a result, charging wirelessly takes longer than charging via a USB-C connection.
On the rear of the iPhone 12, there is a magnetic region called MagSafe. This may be used with MagSafe add-ons like the Belkin MagSafe dock or the Apple MagSafe puck charger. The magnets in MagSafe automatically align with the casing, making it essentially a better version of Qi. Apple allows MagSafe chargers to charge at up to 15 watts using the safe magnetic connection. Decide on MagSafe over Qi for the greatest wireless charging, then. Nonetheless, the overall quickest cable is still the USB-C cable.