The one must-have accessory for all iPhone 8/iPhone X owners

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If you’re in the market for an iPhone 8 or an iPhone X, this accessory will be a must-have.

So what is this magical accessory? It’s Apple’s 27-watt USB-C power adapter. To go with that charger you’ll also need a USB-C to Lightning charge cable.

So, what’s so wrong with the charger and cable that comes supplied with the iPhone 8/iPhone X that you need to spend an additional $49 on a charger and $25 (yes, you read that right, $25) on a cable?

Two words — fast charging.

While the iPhone 8 and iPhone X both have a fast charging feature that can take the battery from flat to 50 percent in 30 minutes. The only problem with this is that you have to use a high-power USB-C charger, and you’ll have to pay a $75 premium in additional hardware to have access to this feature.

It’s quite possible that cheaper third-party accessories will work with the fast charging feature, but until this can be confirmed, it’s best to stick with the hardware that Apple recommends.

For those that want a great freedom from cables, then another accessory worth considering is a Qi-compatible wireless charging mat, such as the Mophie wireless charging base ($60) or the Belkin Boost Up wireless charging pad ($60).

See also:

  • Inside Apple’s new A11 Bionic processor
  • How the iPhone 8 will change Android
  • Big changes ahead for iPhone 8 owners
  • How to test chargers and power banks to make sure they don’t blow up your expensive smartphone
  • Ten Apple products you shouldn’t buy (and three that you can’t buy anymore)


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