Apple still sells a charger model that doesn’t take advantage of fast charging.
It’s no secret that Apple ‘s prices are above the market average, especially when it comes to accessories .
Perhaps what surprises us most is the validity of Apple’s 5W charger .
This is still sold worldwide, although it is reported out of stock in many countries. In the United States, it starts for $19, offering the same charging speed that users could enjoy… back in 2012, when the iPhone 5 was introduced with the Lightning port .
“With an ultra-compact design, this power adapter offers fast and efficient charging at home, the office or on the go. Works with any Apple Watch , iPhone , or iPod ,” states the description on the official Apple store .
Apple delivered the 5W charger up to the standard model of the iPhone 11 , since in the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max it included an 18W charger.
For the iPhone 12 , Apple has decided to no longer include chargers or power adapters with its devices.
Why is it a bad accessory and which charger should I use?
Apple ‘s 5W charger is far from “fast” . The inclusion of the 18W charger with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max proves it.
The Apple Support page indicates that iPhone 8 and later can be charged to 50% in an average of 30 minutes.
To enjoy fast charging, Apple USB-C to Lightning chargers of 18W, 20W, 29W, 30W, 61W, 87W or 96W can be used.
It is also compatible with third-party USB-C chargers with Power Delivery (USB-PD) technology , indicates the Apple Support page .
iPhone: And wireless charging?
This is a positive point introduced since the iPhone 8.
iPhones have Qi wireless charging that allows users to charge them on compatible devices.
From iPhone 12 onwards, there is also Magsafe compatibility with a large number of accessories.
What should I do with this charger?
Unless you have a vintage iPhone like the iPhone 5 , it’s best to keep the 5W charger as a decorative item or recycle it.