In need of an iPhone 15 charging cable? Here’s how to find the best USB-C charger cord

iPhone 15 charging cable: For many of us who want all of our preferred tech gadgets to get along in the same sandbox, Apple’s recent switch from a lightning port to USB-C for the iPhone 15 is a welcome relief.

The same charger we use for the majority of headphones, computers, and gaming consoles now works for the most recent iPhone, which is fantastic on all counts after years of carrying around a separate plug especially for iPhones. There will be less cord clutter overall since a proprietary connector is no longer required. However, it also means that we need to watch what we plug in!

Avoid using ultra cheap gas station chargers, $10 knockoff cords and bricks from eBay or Marketplace, and other items that could kill your brand-new phone faster than, well, lightning. Please pardon the pun.

Can you charge your iPhone 15 with any USB-C charger?

However, the cables that create the most issues are the cute-colored charging bricks and cords that you can buy at gas stations. If your gadget feels physically warm to the touch while it is being charged, that is one of the best indicators that there is a problem.

Keep your business with trustworthy retailers like Apple, Anker, Belkin, Cable Matters, and Monoprice, or with one that claims to have received certification from the USB Implementers Forum, or USB-IF. According to their website, they test the connectors they suggest using 10,000 plug and unplug cycles.

USB-C cables can range in price from $10 to $160. One of the oldest tactics in the consumer electronics toolbox is upselling pricey cords, but it does pay to get a USB-C charger that won’t overheat, catch fire, tear, or stop working after a few months. My typical cable and brick purchases range from $20 to $30, which is comparable to what Apple charges ($19 for a brand-new 1-meter USB-C cable and $19 for a 20-watt brick).

Are there standard USB-C connectors?

Hank Hulan, Senior Manager of Consumer Electronics Engineering and Quality at Asurion, advises using Apple’s proprietary USB-C ports with your Apple devices wherever possible. UL (Underwriters Laboratory) approved and thoroughly tested Apple chargers will be available. With cheap cords and chargers, that isn’t always the case. “Apple chargers will also be compliant with California Energy Efficiency standards (analogous to Energy Star for appliances) and are tested against numerous EU and APAC safety regulations,” the speaker said.

Nate Friend, a technologist at Asurion Innovation Lab and a colleague of Hulan’s, concurs. Friend is testing all of the newest Apple devices for these specific problems. “Apple chargers and cables have confirmed compatibility, whereas other chargers may not work as expected,” Friend wrote in an email.

Which is faster USB-C or Thunderbolt 3?

Friend who provided this advice observed that cheap chargers can cause data transfers to take longer: You should always use an Apple USB-C 3.0 (Thunderbolt) connector to transfer data from your iPhone 15 Pro at the quickest possible rates.

Is it safe to charge iPhone from laptop?

When I questioned Apple about chargers, they pointed me to their support page, which states that for faster charging, you can also “use a 20W USB-C power adapter or higher-wattage USB-C power adapter — like the one that came with your Mac laptop,” or you can connect your iPhone to a computer’s USB-C port.

The majority of the time, having a specialized USB-C charger from a reputable manufacturer should be sufficient to keep your gadgets safe, despite some tech repair gurus’ claims that doing so could fry your phone.

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According to Hulan, it’s extremely rare that using the ‘wrong’ charger can actually cause damage to your phone. A power control module (PCM) in phones, among other sophisticated circuitry, guards against “overcharging.” The worst-case scenario is that the charger is weak and it takes longer than usual for the battery to fully charge.

My recommendation? Do not overthink it. Purchase a good cable that can handle fast charging, and mark it. Keep it dry and avoid clogging the ports with sand, lint, or food scraps. Make sure all of your attachments are in good functioning order to keep your new fancy smartphone charged and prepared for the next trip because, believe it or not, losing your power adapter can really harm your overall charging capacity.

 

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