Phones and tablets are capable of increasingly fast charging, but it’s rare that a charger that can support these top speeds is supplied in the box. That’s if a charger is supplied at all, and many of us are still using old 5W chargers that are painfully slow. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Phones and tablets are capable of increasingly fast charging, but it’s rare that a charger that can support these top speeds is supplied in the box. That’s if a charger is supplied at all, and many of us are still using old 5W chargers that are painfully slow.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The likelihood is your phone or tablet can be charged at a much faster rate than you even realise, and all that’s missing is a decent charger. In this article we’ve rounded up a bunch of single- and multiple-port USB chargers that offer fast charging for your phone or tablet.
The latter, which can plug directly into a wall socket or be mounted on a desk, are extremely convenient if you have multiple USB devices to charge at once, freeing up power sockets in your home and doing away with the need to carry multiple adaptors. (And if you know someone who doesn’t already have one of these, it will make a great gift.)
The fastest standard USB chargers support 18W (9V/2A) Quick Charge 2.0 or 24W (12V/2A) Quick Charge 3.0, but this is worthwhile only if the device you want to charge also supports the standard. Even without it you’ll find chargers that can deliver up to 12W of power, which is going to be notably faster than your old 5W charger.
These USB adaptors are not powerful enough to charge a laptop and some games consoles, however. For that you need a Quick Charge 4/4+ or Power Delivery charger, which can output up to 100W over USB-C. We’ve rounded up the best laptop chargers in a separate article.
You don’t need to worry too much about how much power your phone or tablet can accept, since it will draw only the amount of power it requires. Buying a fast charger now will offer you some level of future-proofing for when you later upgrade to a new model that supports faster charging.
Best Phone & Tablet USB Chargers
1. RAVPower 6-Port Filehub (60W)
Chances are you have USB-powered devices in your home that all need regularly charging, so it makes more sense to buy a single device that can charge them all from one power outlet than to buy multiple USB chargers and leave yourself wondering where is there a spare socket to plug in the vacuum cleaner.
We like this RavPower 60W 6 Port Filehub because it is a good-looking and affordable multiple-USB solution, with four fast outputs for charging gadgets, plus it has an additional two ports for quickly and easily sharing files and backing up data between your phone and portable hard drive via a mobile app.
One of those four power outputs is a USB-C PD port that can deliver 24W, while the three full-size USB outputs comprise two 12W outputs and another Quick Charge 3.0 output that can run up to 24W. If you still run out of USB ports for gadgets the phone data port can also run at a slightly slower 7.5W.
Do note that you won’t get all these outputs running at their maximum power at once, since the device has a maximum output of 60W, and when those two faster ports are running together each will operate at 18W.
The RavPower comes with a 1.5m power cord and an 18-month warranty.
2. Anker PowerPort Speed PD 5 (60W)
This product from Anker is another desktop charger with multiple USB outputs, but it keeps things simple by focusing purely on charging – and therefore comes in a little bit cheaper.
There are five USB outputs in total, with four full-size USB and one USB-C, the latter a Power Delivery port that operates at up to 30W. This is enough to charge some USB-C laptops, such as a MacBook, but others will require a higher input so be sure to check your laptop’s spec before you buy.
The remaining four USB outputs share a 30W maximum output and use intelligent technology to work out how to best share that power, but independently each can operate at up to 12W.
We like the simple black plastic design of the PowerPort Speed, with its nicely rounded corners and minimal appearance that should blend into any home.
3. Anker PowerPort 5 (40W)
Another option from Anker, and this time a cheaper desktop charger that omits the power delivery output and focuses purely on fast charging for your phone, tablet and other USB gadgets, the PowerPort 5 has five 12W USB outputs that each share up to 40W of power. That means with all five in use each will get only 8W.
It has a slightly more blocky design than the 60W model, but this no-frills model has a clean look and appeals for its cheaper price.
4. Aukey 27W Amp USB-C Wall Charger with Power Delivery 3.0
Aukey’s 27W USB-C Power Delivery charger is a single-port adaptor that ticks all our boxes if you’re concerned with charging only one device. That’s enough to charge your Nintendo Switch and some USB-C laptops, and is certainly more than enough for your phone or tablet.
It is about as compact as you’ll find such a device without a folding plug. As you would expect it has all the necessary safeguards in place to combat overheating, short-circuiting and so forth.
5. Amazon Basics Wall Charger (40W)
Don’t overlook Amazon’s own range for a great deal: this 40W wall charger might not be much to look at but it’s very cheap and completely functional.
With four full-size USB outputs, independently they can run at 12W each, but with all four at once you get a still fast 10W.
This is a no-frills device so don’t expect Power Delivery or Quick Charge support, but for simply getting the job done it will serve you well.
6. Amazon Basics Desktop Charger (60W)
Another no-frills product from Amazon, this desktop charger is going to be immensely useful for households with more USB devices than people. Do you really need more than 10 USB charging ports in your home?
With 60W of power the most any will achieve with all 10 in use is 6W, which is reasonably slow, but used alone you’ll get as much as 12W from each, which is much more attractive.
The design is nothing fancy, but we wouldn’t expect it to be at this price.
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