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  1. iwicked's Avatar
    Hi folks. So I have pre-ordered the 13 Pro moving from XS. I understand there is not going to be a power adapter with the phone and I don't have any with USB C. So, I'm looking at buying a new one.

    This is where I am confused and would appreciate your help. I'm thinking of getting a wireless charger but with all the conflicting information on the internet, I can't decide whether it will be harmful or not for the battery health. I intend to use this device for 3-4 years and don't want to consider replacing the battery before 2 years. Will wireless charging adversely affect battery life?

    Or should I just buy a 20W power adapter and call it a day? I usually always charge my phone at night so I'm not sure if I need that high-speed charging and whether it will be bad for the battery too? Is it safe to buy non-Apple power adapters like from Belkin or Anker, etc?

    I am really not sure which route to take so any suggestions are appreciated.
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    09-19-2021 12:31 PM
  2. scruffypig's Avatar
    You can still use your old iPhone XS charger and cable just fine. The iPhone XS could also do wireless Qi charging, so that will work also. The newer iPhones can charge faster using the Apple 20W USB-C power adapter, though if you have a 20W USB-A adapter, you can just use your old cable with it. I suggest saving your money and using your existing XS cable and 5W charger, then looking for good deals from Amazon for a Anker brand or Aukey brand charging brick.
    Last edited by scruffypig; 09-19-2021 at 01:37 PM.
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    09-19-2021 01:22 PM
  3. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Avoid wireless charging if you can since it creates heat on the battery. Less battery degradation if you intend on using this thing for 3 years or so.

    I have a launch day 12 Pro that is still at 100% battery capacity. I charge it every night with a 5W charging brick and only fast charge during the day when I really need to.
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    09-19-2021 01:27 PM
  4. iwicked's Avatar
    You can still use your old iPhone XS charger and cable just fine. The iPhone XS could also do wireless Qi charging, so that will work also. The newer iPhones can charge faster using the Apple 20W USB-C power adapter, though if you have a 20W USB-A adapter, you can just use your old cable with it. I suggest saving your money and using your existing XS cable and 5W charger, then looking for good deals from Amazon for a Anker brand or Aukey brand charging brick.
    The XS brick is for USB A and I think the new cable is USB C to lightning. How can I use the existing adapter with this or there’s something I’m missing here?

    Anker or Aukey charging bricks are supported by Apple and won’t harm the device right?
    09-19-2021 01:46 PM
  5. iwicked's Avatar
    Avoid wireless charging if you can since it creates heat on the battery. Less battery degradation if you intend on using this thing for 3 years or so.

    I have a launch day 12 Pro that is still at 100% battery capacity. I charge it every night with a 5W charging brick and only fast charge during the day when I really need to.
    Yeah that’s what I’m afraid of too. I’d like to stick with the 5W brick but it’s not USB C. And I don’t see Apple selling 5W bricks on the website. What are my options?
    09-19-2021 01:47 PM
  6. Annie_M's Avatar
    I use both of MagSafe charger and I use charging cords with lightning ports That I plug into chargers that take the USB-C. I find that the quickest charge is with a USB-C charging brick that I got from Spigen when I ordered my case. I lucked out and it was a free gift which was quite generous actually. Since then I’ve purchased a couple of Apple USB-C chargers and a couple of other cables and they all work great. The mag safe charger is just convenient for when I need to leave it and not worry about my phone.

    I just got an iPad Air fourth generation and the lightning cable will not work with it. It did come with a cable with USB-C so that is completely muddy the waters as far as how I’m charging everything. I’m not complaining it’s just a matter of figuring it out.
    09-19-2021 03:17 PM
  7. FFR's Avatar
    The XS brick is for USB A and I think the new cable is USB C to lightning. How can I use the existing adapter with this or there’s something I’m missing here?

    Anker or Aukey charging bricks are supported by Apple and won’t harm the device right?
    Use the same cable and adapter that you charge your xs with .

    Or MagSafe
    09-19-2021 03:23 PM
  8. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Yeah that’s what I’m afraid of too. I’d like to stick with the 5W brick but it’s not USB C. And I don’t see Apple selling 5W bricks on the website. What are my options?
    Just use the same usb a to lighting cable.
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    09-19-2021 03:27 PM
  9. iwicked's Avatar
    I use both of MagSafe charger and I use charging cords with lightning ports That I plug into chargers that take the USB-C. I find that the quickest charge is with a USB-C charging brick that I got from Spigen when I ordered my case. I lucked out and it was a free gift which was quite generous actually. Since then I’ve purchased a couple of Apple USB-C chargers and a couple of other cables and they all work great. The mag safe charger is just convenient for when I need to leave it and not worry about my phone.

    I just got an iPad Air fourth generation and the lightning cable will not work with it. It did come with a cable with USB-C so that is completely muddy the waters as far as how I’m charging everything. I’m not complaining it’s just a matter of figuring it out.
    That’s nice. Do you think quick charging degrades battery life?
    09-19-2021 04:20 PM
  10. iwicked's Avatar
    Use the same cable and adapter that you charge your xs with .

    Or MagSafe
    Oh right! Silly me
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    09-19-2021 04:20 PM
  11. FFR's Avatar
    Oh right! Silly me
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    09-19-2021 04:28 PM
  12. Annie_M's Avatar
    That’s nice. Do you think quick charging degrades battery life?
    Based on my personal experience, I don’t think so. My 12 Pro is still at 100% and I’ve had it since early January.
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    09-19-2021 06:52 PM
  13. iwicked's Avatar
    Based on my personal experience, I don’t think so. My 12 Pro is still at 100% and I’ve had it since early January.
    Awesome. Do you leave your phone charging all night? I plug it in before bed and disconnect in the morning. Doing that with MagSafe or quick charger would be ok?
    09-19-2021 07:18 PM
  14. libra89's Avatar
    The XS brick is for USB A and I think the new cable is USB C to lightning. How can I use the existing adapter with this or there’s something I’m missing here?

    Anker or Aukey charging bricks are supported by Apple and won’t harm the device right?
    I got the Anker brick when buying my iPhone 12 mini. If you buy on Amazon, watch it for coupons. You can use your current charger and just price watch with the Anker brick.
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    09-19-2021 08:07 PM
  15. C6TX6's Avatar
    Never charged my 12 Pro Max (got on release day) by any other means than magsafe Apple puck.
    Battery is 91%. I've read they equate 500 cycles to 80%. So 1% drop every 25 days of using. I attach the puck before retiring for the night (typically 12-2AM) and take it off charge around 6-7AM. Never below 40% when I put it on there. Phone doesn't get warm (certainly not hot) but the puck does get warm. Even at "only" 91% capacity battery life is still excellent.

    I don't plan to run my 13 Pro Max any differently.
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    09-19-2021 10:00 PM
  16. iwicked's Avatar
    I got the Anker brick when buying my iPhone 12 mini. If you buy on Amazon, watch it for coupons. You can use your current charger and just price watch with the Anker brick.
    Ok thanks will keep an eye.
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    09-19-2021 10:01 PM
  17. iwicked's Avatar
    Never charged my 12 Pro Max (got on release day) by any other means than magsafe Apple puck.
    Battery is 91%. I've read they equate 500 cycles to 80%. So 1% drop every 25 days of using. I attach the puck before retiring for the night (typically 12-2AM) and take it off charge around 6-7AM. Never below 40% when I put it on there. Phone doesn't get warm (certainly not hot) but the puck does get warm. Even at "only" 91% capacity battery life is still excellent.

    I don't plan to run my 13 Pro Max any differently.
    This is good to know. I’ve been considering the MagSafe too. How long is the cable though?

    On a side note, do you have any problems with the weight of the max? I know those are heavier than the pros and the 13 will be even heavier.
    09-19-2021 10:04 PM
  18. C6TX6's Avatar
    I haven't measured but it looks about a meter (39") which (of course) is kind of on the short side.
    Weight has never been an issue. It's a big device for sure. Some may notice the extra heft of the 13. I usually run thin cases as well.
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    09-19-2021 10:28 PM
  19. iwicked's Avatar
    I haven't measured but it looks about a meter (39") which (of course) is kind of on the short side.
    Weight has never been an issue. It's a big device for sure. Some may notice the extra heft of the 13. I usually run thin cases as well.
    Got it. Sorry another question, what thin case do you use? I’ve been looking at Peel, Totallee and others but can’t decide. I was also looking for something that’s got some grip.
    09-20-2021 06:40 AM
  20. Annie_M's Avatar
    Awesome. Do you leave your phone charging all night? I plug it in before bed and disconnect in the morning. Doing that with MagSafe or quick charger would be ok?
    I don't really have a schedule. If I charge overnight, I will use the MagSafe charger, because it's conveniently located on my nightstand. If I charge during the day, I use the USB-C charging bricks... I have one at home, and at work. When charging overnight, I am at the age, where I don't sleep through the night and have the bad habit of checking my phone. If it's fully charged, I don't put it back on the charger. If it isn't fully charged, I put it back on. THe MagSafe charger is much slower, but I don't mind that when I am not using the phone. If that makes sense!
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    09-20-2021 08:25 AM
  21. C6TX6's Avatar
    Got it. Sorry another question, what thin case do you use? I’ve been looking at Peel, Totallee and others but can’t decide. I was also looking for something that’s got some grip.
    Those are REALLY thin like any thinner and you're using a skin!
    They still protect from scratches/wear but drops not so much obviously.
    Evutech Karbon provides a great mix of protection, grip without feeling bulky like Otter, et-al.
    Pitaka is good too. The biggest I go for protection when I hit the trails is Speck Presidio Grip.
    I keep my phone in a belt pouch so even naked isn't a big deal carrying it just have to be careful when putting it down.
    Plus I have a Border Collie who is obsessed at destroying phones within his reach! No case can prevent bite damage LOL!
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    09-20-2021 11:36 AM
  22. Mr.Willie's Avatar
    Just use the charger and USB C cable that came with your iPad Air, IPad Pro, IPad Mini, many different brands of laptops, or many different brands of headphones that you may already have. Oh wait, sorry my bad. Apple is STILL insisting on using the lightning connector.

    If I didn’t already have several Apple 20 watt chargers, I would just just get the Apple one for $20 or the highly rated Anker.

    https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Anker...mUvbUpU3265408
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    09-20-2021 03:39 PM
  23. iwicked's Avatar
    Those are REALLY thin like any thinner and you're using a skin!
    They still protect from scratches/wear but drops not so much obviously.
    Evutech Karbon provides a great mix of protection, grip without feeling bulky like Otter, et-al.
    Pitaka is good too. The biggest I go for protection when I hit the trails is Speck Presidio Grip.
    I keep my phone in a belt pouch so even naked isn't a big deal carrying it just have to be careful when putting it down.
    Plus I have a Border Collie who is obsessed at destroying phones within his reach! No case can prevent bite damage LOL!
    That’s helpful. How much grip does the Pitaka case offer? I’ve looked at it and I kind of like how it looks but I’m not sure how slippery it’s going to be like those normal plastic thin cases. I’ll check out Evutech.

    Oh you might want to encase it in steel box to protect it from your Collie! Still might not work though lol!
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    09-21-2021 11:26 AM
  24. iwicked's Avatar
    Just use the charger and USB C cable that came with your iPad Air, IPad Pro, IPad Mini, many different brands of laptops, or many different brands of headphones that you may already have. Oh wait, sorry my bad. Apple is STILL insisting on using the lightning connector.

    If I didn’t already have several Apple 20 watt chargers, I would just just get the Apple one for $20 or the highly rated Anker.

    https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Anker...mUvbUpU3265529
    Thanks! So this Anker is safe to use with the iPhone? I ask because I had a bad experience with my iPhone 5S. I thought a non Apple brick and after a few charges my battery went haywire. It wouldn’t last more than an hour lol and it was a brand new phone.

    So I also fear about using non Apple charging bricks since then.
    09-21-2021 11:28 AM
  25. iwicked's Avatar
    I don't really have a schedule. If I charge overnight, I will use the MagSafe charger, because it's conveniently located on my nightstand. If I charge during the day, I use the USB-C charging bricks... I have one at home, and at work. When charging overnight, I am at the age, where I don't sleep through the night and have the bad habit of checking my phone. If it's fully charged, I don't put it back on the charger. If it isn't fully charged, I put it back on. THe MagSafe charger is much slower, but I don't mind that when I am not using the phone. If that makes sense!
    Totally. I kind of do the same thing at night. I’m always waking up and taking my phone off charge to do stuff. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    09-21-2021 11:29 AM
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