January 11, 2016

The iPhone 6S Plus has one big minus: The in-box charger

By Team Ventev Topic: Devices Tech Specs

The tagline for the iPhone 6S Plus says “The only thing that’s changed is everything.” That might be true for the phone, but the charger that comes in the box is actually the same one Apple’s been using since switching to the Lightning cable. And Ventev has a secret: There’s a better way to charge your iPhone 6S Plus.

Since the iPhone 5 generation, Apple has shipped the same small 1 amp power brick with its phones. The thing is, the iPhone 6 Plus and 6S Plus are capable of receiving up to 2.4 amps (though they average 1.6 amps) during a charging cycle. So if you stick with the in-box iPhone charger, you’re getting 0.6 amps less than what the phone is capable of receiving. That means slower charging.

So how do you charge at max speed? In our 101 Series, we talked about how a smartphone or tablet dictates the amount of power it will accept. The charger and the cable then control exactly how much power is pulled from a source. So when the iPhone 6S Plus wants to pull 1.6 amps, it needs a charger that at least matches its amperage rating. Connecting the phone to a rapid charger rated at more than 2 amps, such as the Wallport r2240 (rated at 2.4 amps), the phone can pull its maximum charging rate – replenishing your battery 50 percent faster than its original power brick!

When you go to upgrade to a 6S Plus, think about upgrading your power source, too. The in-box iPhone charger from Apple will work fine, but upgrading to a premium >2 amp charger from a third-party manufacturer can give you a full charge in only two hours. And who doesn’t need a few more minutes added back into their day?

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