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Fast Charging for your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X

by Krista A. November 02, 2017 5 Comments

Fast Charging for your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X

How many times have you been plugged into your iPhone, anxiously alternating glances between the clock and the battery icon as your phone slowly recharges? Is it ready now?...five seconds later...Is it. Ready. Now? Fear not, now you can spend less time charging your phone and more time doing what you do.

With the recent releases of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, Apple also announced fast wired charging—the ability to charge a drained battery to 50% in just 30 minutes. In this article we’ll explain what you need to speed up your iPhone recharge with fast charge. And no, we are not talking about wireless charging pads, which still aren’t enabled for fast charging and will cost you around sixty bucks plus tax.

What’s included with your iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X

5W power adapter, Lightning to USB cable, EarPods with lightning connector, and lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter (Sorry, Rokform case isn’t included!)

Unfortunately, neither of the accessories for fast charging are included with your new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X purchase. If you haven’t already picked up your new phone and are wondering what IS included, here it is: In addition to the iPhone itself, the box comes with EarPods with Lightning Connector, Lightning to USB Cable, 5W USB Power Adapter, and a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter (in case you prefer to use regular earphones).

Must purchase accessories for fast charging

So, what do you need to charge up your iPhone quickly?


29W USB C Power Adapter

Compared to the 5W charging block (included with your phone) all iPhone users are familiar with, the 29W packs additional power to speed up the charging process. Note: A USB-C is different from the typical USB ports and adapters we’ve become accustomed to.

You can purchase the 29W USB-C Power Adapter from Apple or you can opt for a comparable third-party USB-C power adapter. This is the better option if you’re looking to find a lower price. If you choose to purchase a third-party adapter, make sure it supports USB Power Delivery (USB-PD). The cheapest, highly-rated USB-PD we found was only $24.99 for on Amazon. That’s half the price of the Apple’s 29W power adapter.

Apple also sells 61W or 87W USB-C Power Adapters that could charge your phone slightly faster even. When we looked at sources that put all three Apple power adapters to the test, it appears that the charge speed is only marginally faster, but at a much heftier price tag. For this reason, we recommend the 29W adapter.

USB-C to Lightning Cable

$25.00 (1 meter); $35.00 (2 meters)

In addition to the upgraded power adapter, you’ll also need to buy a USB-C to Lightning Cable. This is NOT the same as the cable that is included with your new iPhone. You can purchase the standard cable size (1 meter) off of the Apple website for $25.00. If you prefer a longer cord, it is available for $35.00.

So there you have it. Unlike the fast wireless charging that Apple is promising eventually (no date has been shared with the public), fast wired charging is available now as an easy (and potentially cheaper) way to charge up your phone. Rokform engineers are working hard to craft another great product that will address battery charging so stay tuned! Until then, happy charging! ⚡️


Krista A.
Krista A.


5 Responses

Krista A
Krista A

February 12, 2018

First, thanks for reaching out to us! Unfortunately, the magnet in your Rokform cases will not allow the phone to charge through Qi Charging.

We’ve just released several new cases for the iPhone X that are wireless charging compatible: Corium Folio, Speculo, and Socket (has a switchable insert that removes magnet but is wireless charging friendly)! You can check them out on the iPhone X collection page. We’ll also be releasing a new collection this spring that we’re super excited about, Reactor Series.

Alternatively, you can always remove the magnet from the case you will be able to charge the phone wirelessly. If you remove the magnet we do have a line of RokLock Accessories that enable you to mount your phone without the use of the magnet.

If you have anymore questions, please contact Rokform Customer Support at 1.855.765.3676.

Rokform Team

David Vilmenay
David Vilmenay

January 16, 2018

We love our Rokform cases but with the iphone x we are not able to use both the case and the wireless charger at the same time. Is there a magnetic case in the works to solve this problem or a rokform wireless charger?


December 01, 2017

Thanks for the update. I really appreciate the efforts you have made for this blog.

Gary D. Beck
Gary D. Beck

April 03, 2019

I just purchase the RokForm case for my iPhone X, and yes the magnet does prevent wireless charging. I love the case, but I have to choose between the magnet working in the car, and wireless charging. Do you have an eta on a solution?

David Breaux Jr
David Breaux Jr

April 03, 2019

Will Rokform be making wireless Qi comparable cases soon. I love my Rokform cases and even got one for my mother but she is interested in wireless charging and I just bough a new car with wireless charging built in…and I don’t want to have to remove my case to use it if possible

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