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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 this wall charger from Griffin is the 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. This 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. It 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, this wall charger from Anker 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 this option, 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.

Mu One International Charger

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

This is the only travel charger you really need and it covers the U.S., Europe, and the U.K. The design is very clever, especially for the usually enormous three-prong British plug, which twists into a flat, compact form for travel. Simply slide on the plug you want for the country you’re visiting and you’ve got a compact wall charger with a single USB-C port that can deliver up to 45W of power. It will fast charge any smartphone, but you can also use it for a laptop, tablet, or another device. There are versions with a standard USB-A port, but they don’t have the GaN Fast technology inside, so they won’t fast charge. For now, you will need to go to the Mu website to pick this version up and it will cost around $80.

Mu

Fuse Chicken Universal

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

If you need more than a single USB-C port for charging around the world, then you should check out the Fuse Chicken Universal. Before we dive in, this thing tops out at 18W, which means it should fast charge an iPhone XS or a Pixel 3 (and it did when we tested), but it won’t fast charge every phone. We found it also worked fine with the Moto G7, but it did not fast charge the Huawei P20 Pro. In the plus column, it has fold-out prongs and a USB-C port, but also includes a USB-A port and an internal battery rated at 6,700mAh. That’s not all, because this clever device is also a wireless charging pad that can fast charge a Pixel or an iPhone wirelessly — it goes up to 10W for wireless charging. It’s bigger than the Mu, but also comes with replaceable plug heads for the U.K., Europe, the U.S., and Australia.

Moshi Symbus Q

  • Output: 60W
  • Port: USB-C and 2x USB-A
  • Standard: Power Delivery

Our last recommendation is a bit of a wild card, but it’s the sort of clever device that could tick multiple boxes and find a permanent home on your desktop. The stylish Moshi Symbus Q has a fixed USB-C cable that can deliver up to 60W. It was capable of fast charging all of our test phones. It’s really designed for a laptop because there is also a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired internet and an HDMI port for plugging in a 4K monitor. In addition to that, you’ll find two USB-A ports in the front, ideal for plugging in thumb drives or charging cables for older devices. As if all that wasn’t enough, the top is a Qi-certified wireless charging pad that can deliver up to 10W — it wirelessly charged our Pixel 3 and iPhone X at top speed. It’s beautifully designed with a fabric top and a geometric rubber design that stops your phone sliding around when wirelessly charging. The base is brushed aluminum with chamfered edges. The only downside is that it has a barrel plug for power and comes with a power brick. It’s also quite expensive.

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