iPhone 13 Charger - Which generic brand on Amazon is best?

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We are tired of paying high prices for original Apple accessories.

We need an iPhone 13 charger. Does anyone know a good generic brand on Amazon that you would recommend? We are looking for something that doesn't damage the battery.
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The Apple 20w USB-C adapter is only $18 and compact and a known reliable design that is able to charge an iPhone at its maximum allowable rate. I would just buy one of those unless you are looking for some other feature as well (more compact, multiple ports, more powerful to charge other devices as well, etc.) If it's simply to charge a phone and nothing else, it's already inexpensive enough that I wouldn't bother looking at anything else.
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Generic chargers run the risk of damaging your device. This is one area where it may be worth paying extra for the name brand product.

I have an iPhone 14 Pro and charge it with the tiny 5 watt charger that came with my iPhone 5S back in 2013. The charger has never had any issues so I keep using it.
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For all things charger related, go with Anker. Off brand chargers are not going to damage your device but some of them may not charge as fast as claimed or work as reliably as they should.

Anker is probably the closest thing to a name brand in this space and is at least a known good name.
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dukeblue219 wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:04 pm For all things charger related, go with Anker. Off brand chargers are not going to damage your device but some of them may not charge as fast as claimed or work as reliably as they should.

Anker is probably the closest thing to a name brand in this space and is at least a known good name.
Anker has always worked well for me too. I think they also hard a wireless Qi charger for about $13 when got mine.
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Agreed, Anker is the way.
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climber2020 wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:02 pm Generic chargers run the risk of damaging your device. This is one area where it may be worth paying extra for the name brand product.
Maybe, but I doubt it. Most use the same chipsets to do all the proper handshaking. That is if you call Anker, RAV, et al. "generic." I consider them name-brand.

A 5W charger will take about 4 times longer to charge a phone that accepts 20W for part of its charging cycle (when phone battery is 0% to ~75% "full").
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Anker does have really good customer service. I've bought some USB cords from them, and the 2 times that I've gotten a dud they sent me a replacement one for free.
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dukeblue219 wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:04 pm For all things charger related, go with Anker. Off brand chargers are not going to damage your device but some of them may not charge as fast as claimed or work as reliably as they should.

Anker is probably the closest thing to a name brand in this space and is at least a known good name.
I have multiple Anker devices and never have had one go bad. I'm sold on their quality.

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onourway wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:59 pm The Apple 20w USB-C adapter is only $18 and compact and a known reliable design that is able to charge an iPhone at its maximum allowable rate. I would just buy one of those unless you are looking for some other feature as well (more compact, multiple ports, more powerful to charge other devices as well, etc.) If it's simply to charge a phone and nothing else, it's already inexpensive enough that I wouldn't bother looking at anything else.
Is $18 for the charger + cable? Or just the charger only? Do you have a link?
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I have never had an apple charger or cable go bad. I have had many generics that have gone bad and never at a great moment. So now I just stick with the apple recommended chargers and cables if needed.
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teelainen wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:37 pm
onourway wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:59 pm The Apple 20w USB-C adapter is only $18 and compact and a known reliable design that is able to charge an iPhone at its maximum allowable rate. I would just buy one of those unless you are looking for some other feature as well (more compact, multiple ports, more powerful to charge other devices as well, etc.) If it's simply to charge a phone and nothing else, it's already inexpensive enough that I wouldn't bother looking at anything else.
Is $18 for the charger + cable? Or just the charger only? Do you have a link?
https://www.amazon.com/Apple-20W-USB-C- ... B08L5M9BTJ
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lthenderson wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:39 pm
teelainen wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:37 pm
onourway wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:59 pm The Apple 20w USB-C adapter is only $18 and compact and a known reliable design that is able to charge an iPhone at its maximum allowable rate. I would just buy one of those unless you are looking for some other feature as well (more compact, multiple ports, more powerful to charge other devices as well, etc.) If it's simply to charge a phone and nothing else, it's already inexpensive enough that I wouldn't bother looking at anything else.
Is $18 for the charger + cable? Or just the charger only? Do you have a link?
https://www.amazon.com/Apple-20W-USB-C- ... B08L5M9BTJ
lthenderson, do you have a link to the cable for this? I can't seem to find it.
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teelainen wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:46 pm
lthenderson wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:39 pm
teelainen wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:37 pm
onourway wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:59 pm The Apple 20w USB-C adapter is only $18 and compact and a known reliable design that is able to charge an iPhone at its maximum allowable rate. I would just buy one of those unless you are looking for some other feature as well (more compact, multiple ports, more powerful to charge other devices as well, etc.) If it's simply to charge a phone and nothing else, it's already inexpensive enough that I wouldn't bother looking at anything else.
Is $18 for the charger + cable? Or just the charger only? Do you have a link?
https://www.amazon.com/Apple-20W-USB-C- ... B08L5M9BTJ
lthenderson, do you have a link to the cable for this? I can't seem to find it.
https://www.amazon.com/Apple-MM0A3AM-A- ... W3CGUEWHNG
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1. As others have said, if you don't want to purchase from Apple for any reason, try Anker. Excellent products and service.
2. Wirecutter if you want to research more.

Good luck!
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I have learned the hard way to just buck up and buy the new Apple charger cord and wall adapter from Apple itself.

Every generic eventually stops working. Some sooner than later. They also charge slower.

Do I like it? No. $19 for the cable and $19+ for the USB-C wall adapter. Argh.
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I carry only Anker chargers in my travel bag for both USB-A and USB-C. Their newer GaN-based chargers are much better than the original Apple ones in my opinion, and much smaller (look for the models with folding plugs also).

Used extensively with both 110v and 220v (with the proper plug adapters of course).
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I agree that Anker has a strong reputation in the non-OEM charger/cable world. Their prices have gone up accordingly.

Personally, I’m not averse to buying from a random alphabet-soup named brand to save a few bucks.
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Anker peripherals are Apple MFi certified. Would not use anything that was not.

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I use Anker. Then when I travel I take it with me. Less connections for USB C is a bit frustrating.
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If you're not getting Anker, then original Apple 20W adapter and cable happen to be on sale at Woot today:

https://electronics.woot.com/offers/app ... m-bundle-7
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Doctor Rhythm wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 4:39 pm Personally, I’m not averse to buying from a random alphabet-soup named brand to save a few bucks.
I have bought a generic charger off (but not from) Amazon, for my Android phone, that (a) didn't work and (b) got so hot I was seriously concerned the case would melt and it would catch fire. At the time there were news stories of no-name chargers catching fire.

I would now only buy a charger from someone with something to lose if it burnt my home down. On Amazon I'd automatically rule out third-party sellers, unless they had their own brand to protect. As it happened, after I got a refund on the no-name, I found I could buy a charger in my local supermarket for less than I could on Amazon.
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climber2020 wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:02 pm Generic chargers run the risk of damaging your device. This is one area where it may be worth paying extra for the name brand product.

I have an iPhone 14 Pro and charge it with the tiny 5 watt charger that came with my iPhone 5S back in 2013. The charger has never had any issues so I keep using it.
The charging controller circuit should be built in as a part of a PCM on a phone rather on the charger. The problem with a generic charger is usually under-capacity and reliability, not over-charging.
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bloom2708 wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 4:03 pm I have learned the hard way to just buck up and buy the new Apple charger cord and wall adapter from Apple itself.

Every generic eventually stops working. Some sooner than later. They also charge slower.

Do I like it? No. $19 for the cable and $19+ for the USB-C wall adapter. Argh.
Not clear if you're counting Anker as a "generic," but their chargers are definitely reliable and generally both smaller (esp. the GaN ones), charge a lot faster (e.g., the Nano ones that go up to 65W in a charger about the same size as Apple's 20W), and/or have more features (e.g., multiple ports).

As for cables, Apple's are perfect only if handled with care. Braided cables from other manufacturers like Anker hold up much better to normal use.
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Another vote for Anker
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Consider a magsafe generic wireless charger.

One of the reliability problems you will inevitably face with wired charging is damage to the physical connector. Nothing to do with the electronics, the frequent plugging and unplugging might eventually mechanically wear out the connector. Wireless charging is not only inexpensive, but also very convenient. Most everybody uses the same electronics, just buy one on Amazon that has good reviews and is <$20.
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cjking wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 5:24 pm
Doctor Rhythm wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 4:39 pm Personally, I’m not averse to buying from a random alphabet-soup named brand to save a few bucks.
I have bought a generic charger off (but not from) Amazon, for my Android phone, that (a) didn't work and (b) got so hot I was seriously concerned the case would melt and it would catch fire. At the time there were news stories of no-name chargers catching fire.

I would now only buy a charger from someone with something to lose if it burnt my home down. On Amazon I'd automatically rule out third-party sellers, unless they had their own brand to protect. As it happened, after I got a refund on the no-name, I found I could buy a charger in my local supermarket for less than I could on Amazon
I have a hard time believing a cheap grocery store charger is going to be more robust and have a more trustworthy manufacturer than one of the well known brands on Amazon...
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teamDE wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:08 pm Agreed, Anker is the way.
For an iPhone 13, should we use Anker PD or Anker PIQ 3.0 ?

Why? What is the difference?
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Anker is the consensus pick, so I suspected I'd see that mentioned a lot, and I did. But I have iPhone charges from Anker and a plethora of other, no-name companies, and they all work splendidly. Not a whit of quality difference between them and Anker. There *is* a price difference, though, as Anker is clearly banking on its consensus reputation.
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Doctor Rhythm wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 4:39 pm I agree that Anker has a strong reputation in the non-OEM charger/cable world. Their prices have gone up accordingly.

Personally, I’m not averse to buying from a random alphabet-soup named brand to save a few bucks.
Agree.
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teelainen wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:44 am
teamDE wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:08 pm Agreed, Anker is the way.
For an iPhone 13, should we use Anker PD or Anker PIQ 3.0 ?

Why? What is the difference?
For an iPhone 13 you really don't need a very high powered charger. A 20-30w cube will be fine (PIQ 3 is the "lesser" standard of the two).

USB PD is more relevant for a laptop or large USB-C tablet
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idc wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:28 pm Consider a magsafe generic wireless charger.

One of the reliability problems you will inevitably face with wired charging is damage to the physical connector. Nothing to do with the electronics, the frequent plugging and unplugging might eventually mechanically wear out the connector. Wireless charging is not only inexpensive, but also very convenient. Most everybody uses the same electronics, just buy one on Amazon that has good reviews and is <$20.
This used to be an issue in the Mini USB days, since those connectors were never designed for charging and only rated for something like 400 insertion cycles, and the wear components were inside the port.

But--much as I hate proprietary connectors--the blade-style lightning connector that Apple uses on the iPhone is incredibly robust. It will withstand tens of thousands of insertion cycles.

Not saying one shouldn't choose a magnetic charging adapter for convenience reasons. But there's no reason to use one out of a durability concern.
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idc wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:28 pm Consider a magsafe generic wireless charger.

One of the reliability problems you will inevitably face with wired charging is damage to the physical connector. Nothing to do with the electronics, the frequent plugging and unplugging might eventually mechanically wear out the connector. Wireless charging is not only inexpensive, but also very convenient. Most everybody uses the same electronics, just buy one on Amazon that has good reviews and is <$20.
Got one for Christmas as well as a phone holder for car. Really like it.

And as noted here, the plugging/unplugging is what damages cables. There is always just a tiny little electric hop that damages the connectors over time. Better cables last longer, but physics eventually kicks in. I like the wireless so far.
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dukeblue219 wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:04 pm For all things charger related, go with Anker. Off brand chargers are not going to damage your device but some of them may not charge as fast as claimed or work as reliably as they should.

Anker is probably the closest thing to a name brand in this space and is at least a known good name.
If you're looking to save money though, Anker isn't cheaper :)

I buy the junk for my wife and kids. I have an Anker for me.
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sureshoe wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 7:54 am
idc wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:28 pm Consider a magsafe generic wireless charger.

One of the reliability problems you will inevitably face with wired charging is damage to the physical connector. Nothing to do with the electronics, the frequent plugging and unplugging might eventually mechanically wear out the connector. Wireless charging is not only inexpensive, but also very convenient. Most everybody uses the same electronics, just buy one on Amazon that has good reviews and is <$20.
Got one for Christmas as well as a phone holder for car. Really like it.

And as noted here, the plugging/unplugging is what damages cables. There is always just a tiny little electric hop that damages the connectors over time. Better cables last longer, but physics eventually kicks in. I like the wireless so far.
I've never had an iPhone charging connector fail. I don't charge my iPhone wirelessly because it's quite a bit slower and produces more heat - the latter will definitely cause the battery to wear more quickly.
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dukeblue219 wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:38 am
teelainen wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:44 am
teamDE wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:08 pm Agreed, Anker is the way.
For an iPhone 13, should we use Anker PD or Anker PIQ 3.0 ?

Why? What is the difference?
For an iPhone 13 you really don't need a very high powered charger. A 20-30w cube will be fine (PIQ 3 is the "lesser" standard of the two).

USB PD is more relevant for a laptop or large USB-C tablet
Power IQ 3 is not "the lesser standard of the two," it isn't even an standard but rather Anker's marketing term for their compatibility with a range of standards, incl. USB-C PD, Qualcomm Quick Charge, and others. But yes, a 20-30W USB-C PD charger is what you need for the iPhone 13.
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onourway wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 2:59 pm The Apple 20w USB-C adapter is only $18 and compact and a known reliable design that is able to charge an iPhone at its maximum allowable rate. I would just buy one of those unless you are looking for some other feature as well (more compact, multiple ports, more powerful to charge other devices as well, etc.) If it's simply to charge a phone and nothing else, it's already inexpensive enough that I wouldn't bother looking at anything else.
Agreed, it’s a fast charger that does the job. If you live near an Apple Store you can likely get store pickup today. Not worth ruining your new phone with an off-brand charger.
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02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:00 am I've never had an iPhone charging connector fail. I don't charge my iPhone wirelessly because it's quite a bit slower and produces more heat - the latter will definitely cause the battery to wear more quickly.
FWIW, my iPhone 11 Pro has been on a wireless charger 8-20 hours a day for over 3 years and my battery health is at 94%
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onourway wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:33 am
02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:00 am I've never had an iPhone charging connector fail. I don't charge my iPhone wirelessly because it's quite a bit slower and produces more heat - the latter will definitely cause the battery to wear more quickly.
FWIW, my iPhone 11 Pro has been on a wireless charger 8-20 hours a day for over 3 years and my battery health is at 94%
Great, but I still find wireless less convenient. I find that battery life on the latest generations (13/14) is quite long, and wired charging is fast. That means most days I'm fine just plugging in for 30 minutes or so in the morning while I have breakfast - that's more than enough to get me through the day and is more convenient than leaving it on the charger for an hour (which makes it hard to use the phone).
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02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:05 am
dukeblue219 wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 5:38 am
teelainen wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:44 am
teamDE wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:08 pm Agreed, Anker is the way.
For an iPhone 13, should we use Anker PD or Anker PIQ 3.0 ?

Why? What is the difference?
For an iPhone 13 you really don't need a very high powered charger. A 20-30w cube will be fine (PIQ 3 is the "lesser" standard of the two).

USB PD is more relevant for a laptop or large USB-C tablet
Power IQ 3 is not "the lesser standard of the two," it isn't even an standard but rather Anker's marketing term for their compatibility with a range of standards, incl. USB-C PD, Qualcomm Quick Charge, and others. But yes, a 20-30W USB-C PD charger is what you need for the iPhone 13.
You're absolutely right. I did not realize PIQ3 included USB-PD as a supported standard. I may have been conflating it a bit with the QC 3.0.
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02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:46 am
onourway wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:33 am
02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:00 am I've never had an iPhone charging connector fail. I don't charge my iPhone wirelessly because it's quite a bit slower and produces more heat - the latter will definitely cause the battery to wear more quickly.
FWIW, my iPhone 11 Pro has been on a wireless charger 8-20 hours a day for over 3 years and my battery health is at 94%
Great, but I still find wireless less convenient. I find that battery life on the latest generations (13/14) is quite long, and wired charging is fast. That means most days I'm fine just plugging in for 30 minutes or so in the morning while I have breakfast - that's more than enough to get me through the day and is more convenient than leaving it on the charger for an hour (which makes it hard to use the phone).
It depends on your use case. For me, the place the phone sits - whether at my desk, in the car, or at home, is on a wireless charger. Charging time is immaterial because it is always charged. I never have to think about it.
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onourway wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:49 am
02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:46 am
onourway wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:33 am
02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:00 am I've never had an iPhone charging connector fail. I don't charge my iPhone wirelessly because it's quite a bit slower and produces more heat - the latter will definitely cause the battery to wear more quickly.
FWIW, my iPhone 11 Pro has been on a wireless charger 8-20 hours a day for over 3 years and my battery health is at 94%
Great, but I still find wireless less convenient. I find that battery life on the latest generations (13/14) is quite long, and wired charging is fast. That means most days I'm fine just plugging in for 30 minutes or so in the morning while I have breakfast - that's more than enough to get me through the day and is more convenient than leaving it on the charger for an hour (which makes it hard to use the phone).
It depends on your use case. For me, the place the phone sits - whether at my desk, in the car, or at home, is on a wireless charger. Charging time is immaterial because it is always charged. I never have to think about it.
Sure, everyone is different. I for one don't want to buy 3 different wireless charging pads (and the power adapters, which often don't come with the pads).
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I do not want a little wall charger that only does one kind of device. I want something that charges all my lithium ion devices: phones, headlamps, GPS, bike lights, watches, fans, powers, bricks, whatever. I also want it lightweight. Modern chargers like the little Anker 511 (aka Powerport Nano III) have the chipsets to do very safe charging with a number of protocols. They are generally limited to about 20W output which is perfect for small devices, but not for something like a laptop. The devices I listed limit the input charging power with their own internal chipsets to between about 2 to 20 W. One only needs to buy one cable: USB-C to USB-C and then use small adapters that have been vetted to work to go from USB-C to microUSB, lightning, watches. I prefer this mostly because I go backpacking with these devices and do not want to lug around heavy things that add no value or charging-time reduction.

I realize the above is probably TMI for someone who wants to charge one single iPhone 13 and will buy multiple unnecessary chargers and cables for other devices.
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I read today that the EU will require Apple to use the USB-C standard instead of Lightning beginning in 2024, which will likely mean that next year's (this year's...September) phones will have USB-C.

That's gonna mean a lot of Lightning cables being thrown away, right?
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cbox wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 9:37 am I read today that the EU will require Apple to use the USB-C standard instead of Lightning beginning in 2024, which will likely mean that next year's (this year's...September) phones will have USB-C.

That's gonna mean a lot of Lightning cables being thrown away, right?
They don't last forever anyway, and even if I switch right away to a USB-C iPhone, I'll still use the Lightning cable for my AirPods.
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How does anyone not have a drawer full of cables and chargers by now?
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I generally feel that the Anker brand in terms of reliability and support. They are not the cheapest, but are generally cheaper than Apple. I have several of their chargers. None of failed so far. Two of the Ravpower I purchased over the years have failed.

Try to get something with UL or CSA certification to avoid getting things that are too cheaply built. Whatever you get make sure it has a USB-C port and power delivery support (PD)
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02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:00 am
sureshoe wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 7:54 am
idc wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:28 pm Consider a magsafe generic wireless charger.

One of the reliability problems you will inevitably face with wired charging is damage to the physical connector. Nothing to do with the electronics, the frequent plugging and unplugging might eventually mechanically wear out the connector. Wireless charging is not only inexpensive, but also very convenient. Most everybody uses the same electronics, just buy one on Amazon that has good reviews and is <$20.
Got one for Christmas as well as a phone holder for car. Really like it.

And as noted here, the plugging/unplugging is what damages cables. There is always just a tiny little electric hop that damages the connectors over time. Better cables last longer, but physics eventually kicks in. I like the wireless so far.
I've never had an iPhone charging connector fail. I don't charge my iPhone wirelessly because it's quite a bit slower and produces more heat - the latter will definitely cause the battery to wear more quickly.
Faster charging will produce a lot more heat in the battery than wireless charging :)

I use MagSafe in my cars as I use Waze for traffic wherever I go. Not only super convenient when getting in/out of the car, I rarely, if ever plug for charging. I also own an iPad and MacBook. All I need is a USB-C to lightning cable, no separate charger for iPhone. Super convenient for travel.
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idc wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 10:17 am
02nz wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:00 am
sureshoe wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 7:54 am
idc wrote: Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:28 pm Consider a magsafe generic wireless charger.

One of the reliability problems you will inevitably face with wired charging is damage to the physical connector. Nothing to do with the electronics, the frequent plugging and unplugging might eventually mechanically wear out the connector. Wireless charging is not only inexpensive, but also very convenient. Most everybody uses the same electronics, just buy one on Amazon that has good reviews and is <$20.
Got one for Christmas as well as a phone holder for car. Really like it.

And as noted here, the plugging/unplugging is what damages cables. There is always just a tiny little electric hop that damages the connectors over time. Better cables last longer, but physics eventually kicks in. I like the wireless so far.
I've never had an iPhone charging connector fail. I don't charge my iPhone wirelessly because it's quite a bit slower and produces more heat - the latter will definitely cause the battery to wear more quickly.
Faster charging will produce a lot more heat in the battery than wireless charging :)
Not true at least for the iPhone, which doesn't offer the crazy fast wired charging speeds of some Android phones. Wireless charging is much less efficient and therefore produces quite a bit of excess heat. Even the slow 7.5W Anker Qi chargers I've tried with my iPhone produced significantly more heat than 20W wired charging.
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quantAndHold wrote: Tue Jan 24, 2023 9:42 am How does anyone not have a drawer full of cables and chargers by now?
I do have such a box, but my old chargers vary in the power they can deliver from 0.5 W, 1 W, 2W, 5W, 10W. While the 0.5 W one will charge my phone in about 12 hours, I'd rather charge my phone in about 60 minutes with a 20W charger.

Two comments about cables:
(1) Longer and thinner cables have more resistance than shorter cables with heavier (thicker) gauge copper wire. This is not much of a problem with a 0.5W charger, but with a 20W or higher charger the resistance in the cable will create heat in the cable and the plugs on each end up the cable. I have used a USB load tester to measure that some of my old cables convert 20% of the power to heat. That means with a poor cable instead of charging in 1 hour it would take 1.25 hours to charge with a better cable.

(2) Back in the old days many cables only provided 2 conductors even if the plugs had 4 or more conductors. These cables cannot transfer data nor do the handshaking required with the modern chipsets. They could work to charge many devices still, but only in the lowest minimal power non-handshaking mode.

I've tested all my cables and chargers with a USB multimeter and a USB load tester. There are big differences between the old things and the new things.
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