Apple’s new flagship phones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and upcoming iPhone X, sport a new function called fast charging. This is an entirely new feature compared to the iPhone 7’s normal charging. This article explains fast charging vs. standard charging.
It is nice to see that Apple finally implemented the fast charging feature. Competing Android-based phones had this function for years, and it proved to be useful for customers who are in a hurry. The vast majority of users were probably thrilled that they won’t have to switch to Android to get fast charging because this year Apple has finally included it in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Thanks to this function, phones can charge past 50% within 30 minutes. The question now is how different fast charging on the iPhone 8/X is from standard charging on last year’s flagship model iPhone 7/Plus.
Here’s how fast charging compares to standard charging
As is typical for Apple, customers will have to get separate accessories to in order to use their device’s fast charging feature. This approach is different for Android phones. A 5W power adapter and USB-A cable won’t meet your needs for fast charging, so you will have to get a 29W power adapter and a USB-C lighting cable. Buying these accessories will cost you between $70-$80.
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Fortunately, Apple said that third-party power adapters will suffice. For you, that means an investment in fast charging accessories will also be cost-friendly, as you can get the supplies elsewhere. The bad news is that Apple’s USB-C cable is still a requirement.
Redmond Pie compared fast charging and standard charging, pitting the iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 Plus uses the 5W adapter and the USB-A lighting cable that came with it in the box. The iPhone 8 Plus uses the components we mentioned above: the 29W USB-C power adapter and USB-C to lighting cable.
It is worth mentioning that the iPhone 7 Plus has a larger battery (2900mAh) than the iPhone 8 Plus (2691mAh). The vast majority of users found it weird that Apple decided to include a smaller battery. However, according to Apple, the A11 Bionic chip has an impact on the iPhone 8’s and iPhone 8 Plus’ battery life, and as such, the flagship phones should last about the same amount of time.
Redmond Pie published the results of its iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus charging tests, which you can see below.
- Apple boot up 70 seconds (8 Plus) vs. 96 seconds (7 Plus)
- 10 minutes: 17% (8 Plus) vs. 6% (7 Plus)
- 20 minutes: 31% (8 Plus) vs. 13% (7 Plus)
- 30 minutes: 45% (8 Plus) vs. 20% (7 Plus)
- iPhone 8 Plus took 33 minutes to get to 50%, while the iPhone 7 Plus was at 22%.
- 40 minutes: 58% (8 Plus) vs. 26% (7 Plus)
- 50 minutes: 70% (8 Plus) vs. 32% (7 Plus)
- 60 minutes: 77% (8 Plus) vs. 39% (7 Plus)
- 70 minutes: 84% (8 Plus) vs. 46% (7 Plus)
- 80 minutes: 90% (8 Plus) vs. 52% (7 Plus)
- 90 minutes: 94% (8 Plus) vs. 59% (7 Plus)
- iPhone 8 Plus took 117 minutes (1.95 hours) to get to a full charge, while the iPhone 7 Plus took longer than 2.5 hours
It took Apple quite some time to implement this new charging method. Together with wireless charging, Apple’s new smartphones are definitely to become high in demand. What do you think about this iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus charging comparison? Let us know in the comments.