The iPhone 12 will be the first Apple phone to come without a charging stone in the box, nor will it have EarPods. Combined with switching to a flash-to-USB-C cable, this means that many new buyers do not have the charger needed to turn on their phones. If you are ready for a phone upgrade, you will also need a charge upgrade.
There are some options here. The cheapest is to simply find an older flash-to-USB-A cable ̵1; you may have one lying around from an older iPhone, iPad or AirPods purchase and it should also work with an old charger. An Apple MacBook charger with USB-C works well, but it is a less ideal solution, as it is a large brick (which offers much more charge than you need) and it only has a USB-C port. You will need to swap with your laptop or charge via your portable USB-C ports if you only want one for both.
A better solution is to get a dedicated charge stone. There has been a surprising innovation in these ubiquitous gadgets in recent years: a new manufacturing process for gallium nitride (GaN) means that even the small ones can be extremely powerful.
If you are looking for the cheapest solution possible, this Aukey brick is what you want. It’s a simple USB-C brick, a port, with 18 watts of output power – maximum for iPhone 12’s fast charging. It’s just a few dollars, and it also works with any other smartphone, although it does not maximize the charging speed of some Android devices. The pins are folded back for practical travel storage.
18-watt USB-C charger
If you want to charge multiple devices at once, spend a little more on this model. It comes with a USB-C fast charging port and an additional USB-A port. With 30 watts of output power, it can handle any iPhone and an accessory on the USB-A charger, such as AirPods or an extra USB battery. 30 watts is enough to charge an iPad Pro or MacBook Air at maximum speed, as well as some smaller and less powerful laptops.
If you want to charge a more powerful laptop and your phone at the same time, you need to find out how much juice you need. For example, the 13-inch MacBook Pro needs 61 watts, while the 16-inch model needs a full 96 watts. This Aukey model should work for both a mid-range laptop and an iPhone.
Aukey 65 watt USB-C charger
If you have a much more powerful USB-C laptop, you want this 100 watt charger. It can charge your phone and your laptop at the same time.
Aukey USB-C charger 100 watts
And if you’re looking for a more total upgrade, check out this Anchor model. It can share 100 watts between two USB-C devices and two More USB-A devices, with a conventional power cable for the socket, because there is little to hang on the wall.
Anchor 100 watt multi charger
Oh, and if you do not have a pair of EarPods (or wireless headphones) and you really want them, you can get a pair that uses the Lightning cable connection for a few extra dollars.
It will likely run on USB-C chargers as the launch of the new iPhones approaches. Get an order before then if you do not want any recharging headaches when your arriving.