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The best fast chargers for your iPhone or Android

Fast charging is the goal when you need to power up your Android or iPhone. Waiting around for your phone to charge is so last decade. There’s no need to waste time when you can charge up quickly with a fast charger.

We’ve got you covered with chargers made for travel, including one that works in the U.S., U.K., and Europe. The fast chargers on our list include a range of compact options that can cover almost any need.

Griffin PowerBlock Charger

  • Output: 18W
  • Port: USB-C
  • Standard: Power Delivery

What we really like about it is its compact size. This is easily slipped into a bag or pocket and it can deliver 18W of power, which is enough to charge a recent Apple iPhone or Google Pixel phone at top speed. There’s just a single USB-C port and the wall outlet prongs fold out of the other side.

The USB-C port supports the Power Delivery standard. All you need is a USB-C to USB-C cable or a USB-C to Lightning cable and you can plug in and charge away. There is some smart circuitry inside that will determine the best rate to charge your smartphone or any other connected device. The Griffin PowerBlock Charger is ideal for travel and will also happily charge tablets and other small gadgets with a USB-C port.

RavPower Ultrathin Charger

  • Output: 45W
  • Port: USB-C
  • Standard: Power Delivery

This is the most compact charger we’ve ever used that’s capable of putting out up to 45W of power. It has GaN tech inside; GaN stands for gallium nitride and this tech is allowing many manufacturers to create smaller chargers than were previously possible. The wall outlet prongs fold out, making this charger even more portable, and it has a solitary USB-C port that can deliver up to 45W. That means you can use this charger to charge many modern smartphones at top speed.

The RavPower Ultrathin Charger was able to fast charge all of our test phones and, with support for the Power Delivery 3.0 standard, we expect it will also fast charge most recent Samsung, Huawei, Honor, and Xiaomi phones, and maybe a few others, but your mileage may vary. It will definitely also charge iPads, the Nintendo Switch, and even laptops like the MacBook and Pixelbook. One other thing we like about this charger is that it doesn’t have a superfluous light in it that could disturb you while you sleep.

Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30

  • Output: 30W
  • Port: USB-C
  • Standard: Power Delivery

Another portable charger with fold-out prongs, Anker’s PowerPort was able to fast charge all of our test devices. It can deliver up to 30W, which is enough to fast charge almost any phone at top speed. It has a single USB-C port and a matte black finish, but there’s also a subtle blue LED that lights up when it’s plugged in.

That could prove handy if you’re sneaking into a darkened room and trying to plug that cable in without turning the light on, but it’s dim enough we don’t think it will bother you when you’re sleeping. One of the most attractive things about the Anker PowerPort Speed PD 30, apart from the Anker brand, is the affordable price. If you’re looking for something that can double up as a laptop charger, then the PowerPort Speed 1 has the same design but can deliver 60W, though it does cost an extra $10.

Aukey 2-Port USB-C Wall Charger

  • Output: 30W, 18W, or 12W
  • Port: USB-C and USB-A
  • Standard: Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0

This Aukey charger is the ideal solution if you have multiple devices from different generations or brands with separate needs. It’s equipped with both a USB-C and USB-A port, so all you need to do is choose the right cables and you’re ready to charge — well, almost anything.

The Aukey 2-Port USB-C Wall Charger uses advanced intelligence to coordinate wattage with your device while also detecting when the device reaches maximum charge. A laptop may get the full 30W output, but an older smartphone will switch to 12W charging. If you plug in two devices at once, the charger will also modify wattage to pass power through both connections at sufficient levels safely. It’s also compact and easy to stow away in a bag or case.

Fuse Chicken Universal

  • Output: 18W
  • Port: USB-C and USB-A
  • Standard: Power Delivery and Quick Charge 3.0

Fuse Chicken Universal may be for you if you require more than one USB-C port for charging worldwide. You should know that this thing maxes out at 18W, which gives it the ability to quickly charge a Pixel 3 or an iPhone XS (and when we tested it, it did), but it can’t do a fast charge on all phones.

We tested it out on different brands and found that it had no problem fast-charging the Moto G7, but the Huawei P20 Pro was a different story. The advantages include fold-out prongs and a convenient USB-C port. Plus, it consists of a USB-A port along with an internal battery rated at 6,700mAh. And just when you think that’s it, there’s more. The Fuse Chicken Universal also serves as a wireless charging pad that can fast charge a Pixel or an iPhone without a wire connection. This product goes up to 10W for wireless charging. It’s quite a bit larger than the MU and is accompanied by replaceable plug heads for the U.K., Europe, the U.S., and Australia.

OtterBox OtterSpot Wireless Charging System

  • Output: 36W and 10W
  • Port: USB-C
  • Standard: Standard

Due to regulation updates, wireless charging is quickly rising in popularity and is making its way to the top in efficiency and reliability when it comes to restoring battery life. You can enjoy simultaneous charging for multiple devices, so whether you’re at your house or you’re on the job, you can use the Otterbox OtterSport wireless charging system for all your charging needs.

The OtterBox OtterSpot Wireless Charging System features a fast-charging bottom base, where you can stack a completely wireless satellite charger. Once they’re all charged up, they serve as 10W wireless charging packs. Take them to the office, on vacation, or leave them at home – whatever you need. There’s one satellite charger in the package. Still, if you need a few more, you can use the base to charge a maximum of three chargers at the same time. You be the judge of how much power your kids use on their phones and tablets. Or, start saving valuable time by charging your iPhone and Airpods together. 

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