Best Fast Chargers for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max

Best Fast Charger for iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 series is the first from Apple not to include a wall charger in the box. The good news is you aren’t missing much. Except for the iPhone 11 Pro models the included charger was always underwhelming in performance. You’ll be better off buying your own fast charge to suit your needs. The best fast chargers for iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max can all fast charge them from 0-50% in 30 minutes. While working with the iPhone’s included cable, and being small enough to keep in your bag for commute or travel.

Looking to charge on the go? Check out Best Portable Chargers for iPhone 12.

Best Fast Charger for iPhone 12

Fast Charging iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 series uses USB Power Delivery (USB PD) as its fast charging standard. With a USB-C charger offering 18W or more USB PD the phones will start fast charging. Under this mode charging from 0-50% takes around 30 minutes. The remaining 50% takes longer, but is still faster using other types of chargers.

Learn more about USB Power Delivery and other fast charging standards.

Wired vs Wireless Charging

This guide only goes over wired fast chargers, but let’s go over the performance differences between wired and wireless chargers.

All wired chargers listed below will get your iPhone 12 from 0-50% in ~30 minutes. None of the wireless options can claim the same.

The iPhone 12 can wirelessly charge up to 15W (3-5W less than wired), but you must use Apple’s own 20W USB-C charger. Testing thus far has shown only Apple’s 20W charger gives the full 15W experience. Even when testing other 20W chargers and even Apple’s 96W charger. The iPhone 12 can also wirelessly charge using Qi tech, the same as any iPhone going back to the iPhone 8. But those will only give you up to 7.5W, less than half what a fast wired charger will.

If you want the fastest charging possible, with the smallest and lightest charger options, go wired. You can also enjoy full charging speed with a cheaper third party option. If you want wireless and charge time matters, go with a MagSafe option and be sure to buy an Apple 20W USB-C charger, too.

USB-C to Lightning Cable

Besides a charger which offers 18W (or more) USB-C PD you will also need a USB-C to Lightning cable. One is included with every model iPhone 12. If you need a second for work or travel check out this good selection of USB-C to Lightning cables. All listed cables are MFi certified by Apple. Meaning they meet Apple’s standards and testing to work with iPhones and iPads. Pick your cable based on length, color, and price.


Best Fast Chargers for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max

These fast chargers are as small as they come. While still providing the fastest possible charge for your iPhone. Consider folding prongs vs fixed prongs. Folding can be preferred for packing, but fixed can offer a small and lighter option.

Anker PowerPort III Nano 20W

Anker's updated version of their smallest charge, now offering 20W USB-C PD. Leveraging GaN technology, it is smaller and lighter than most similar chargers. But with its small design comes fixed prongs, so be mindful when tossing it in your bag.

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output: 20W USB-C PD, PowerIQ 3.0 (Quick Charge compatible)
  • GaN tech
  • Size: 1.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches | 1.1 oz

Review of the Anker PowerPort III Nano (older 18W version)


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AUKEY PA-B1 Omnia Mini 20W

AUKEY's own answer to a small and fast charger for the iPhone 12. It is a bit smaller than the Anker version and almost the same weight. Likewise if went with fixed prongs for the smallest size possible.

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output: 28W USB-C PD
  • Size: 1.1, 1.1, 1.2 inches | 1.2 oz

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AUKEY PA-Y18 Minima 18W PD

An older and larger model, but great value if looking to spend as little as possible without giving up performance. It is almost the same size as an old iPhone 5W charger, and has folding prongs. It'll charge the iPhone 12 as fast as smaller options.

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output: 18W USB-C PD
  • Size: 1.4 x 1.4 x 1.3 in | 1.5 oz

Review of the AUKEY PA-Y18 Minima 18W PD


Anker PowerPort PD 1

Another older model, and the largest in this set. But otherwise as near perfect of a charger for your iPhone as you'll find. It offers USB-IF certification for those who prefer verified safety. And is bunded with a MFi certified USB-C to Lightning cable.

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output: 18W USB-C PD
  • USB-IF certified
  • Size: 2 x 1.7 x 1.1 inches | 2.1 oz
  • Includes MFi certified USB-C to Lightning cable

Review of the Anker PowerPort PD 1


One Charger To Rule Them All

ZMI zPower Turbo 65W

If looking for one charger for several devices, including your iPhone, this may be it. It offers enough output for an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook Pro. And many other devices along the same size. All at a price like the small chargers listed above.

  • Ports: USB-C
  • Output: 65W USB-C PD
  • Size: 2 x 2 x 1.1 in | 3.4 oz
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable for other devices

Review of the ZMI zPower Turbo 65W USB-C PD


Charge Two iPhones At Once

These are dual USB-C port chargers. Able to offer fast charging to two iPhone 12 (or older iPhones) at the same time. Great when traveling with someone else.

Anker PowerPort III Duo

A great dual phone charger for both two iPhones or an iPhone and many Androids. Anker's PowerIQ 3.0 tech supports fast charging for newer Samsung, Google, LG, and Motorola phones.

  • Ports: USB-C x2
  • Output: 18W USB-C PD each
  • Size: 2.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 in | 3.5 oz


AUKEY PA-D2 Focus Duo 36W Dual-Port PD

A multi-functional charger. Can keep up with an iPad Pro or MacBook Air in single port mode. Or fast charge two iPhones in dual port mode.

  • Ports: USB-C x2
  • Output:
    • Single Port: 30W USB-C PD
    • Dual Port: 18W USB-C PD each
  • Size: 2.5 x 2.3 x 1.1 in | 4.1 oz

Review of the AUKEY PA-D2 Focus Duo 36W Dual-Port PD


Comparison of All Recommended Fast Chargers for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max

 

Charger NoteOutputSizeWeightPrice
Anker PowerPort III Nano 20WReview of older, but similar 18W version
(4.6)
Lightest20W USB-C PD

PowerIQ 3.0
(Quick Charge compatible)
1.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 in1.1 oz$16.99
AUKEY PA-B1 Omnia Mini 20WSmallest20W USB-C PD1.1 x 1.1 x 1.2 in1.2 oz$14.99
AUKEY PA-Y18 Minima 18W PDReview
(4.8)
Best value18W USB-C PD1.4 x 1.4 x 1.3 in1.5 oz$12.99
Anker PowerPort PD 1Review
(5)
Includes USB-C to Lightning cable

USB-IF certified
18W USB-C PD2 x 1.7 x 1.1 in2.1 oz$24.99
ZMI zPower Turbo 65WReview
(4.9)
iPhone, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro65W USB-C PD2 x 2 x 1.1 in3.4 oz$19.99
Anker PowerPort III DuoCharge two iPhones, or an iPhone and Android18W USB-C PD

18W USB-C PD

PowerIQ 3.0
(Quick Charge compatible)
2.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 in3.5 oz$29.99
AUKEY PA-D2 Focus Duo 36W Dual-Port PDReview
(4.8)
Charge two iPhones, or a MacBook/MacBook Air30W USB-C PD - Single Port

18W USB-C PD - Dual Port
2.5 x 2.3 x 1.1 in4.1 oz$23.59

Don’t see a charger you quite like? Or which is available in your region? Take what you’ve learned here and check out my larger charger comparison list.

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