More and more often we hear the opportunity of fast charging support, whether it is a smartphone or tablet, and even a notebook. USB-C technology seems to be the most accredited to succeed, and even iPhone and iPad owners can benefit from it. We tested the Choetech USB-C wall charger, in conjunction with the company's USB-C Lightning cable. Here's how he behaved in our tests.
We decided to include both products in a single article, which are sold separately on Amazon: here the power supply and instead the cable from here. This is because within the Choetech USB-C charger, there is only a USB-C to USB-C cable, therefore not useful for charging Apple devices. And then, for all owners of an iOS device, the purchase of the special USB-C Lightning cable is mandatory. It is an ideal pairing to be able to benefit from fast charging on the latest Apple devices, which support it.
Choetech 18W charger
Really small in size, and particularly light, it lends itself to being carried in any notebook bag, without any particular problems. Its most important feature, of course, is the 18W Power Delivery support, with the possibility of charging 5V / 3A, 9V / 2A, 12V / 1.5A, of course for compatible fast-charging devices. Among these we certainly mention all the iPhones starting from the iPhone X and iPhone 8 line up, which can be recharged up to 50% in just 30 minutes, with a time saving that, as we will see later, exceeds half an hour compared to Apple original battery charger.
The wall charger compatible with QuickCharge 3.0 technology, which naturally also offers compatibility with previous charging standards, therefore Quick Charge 2.0 and 1.0, working with virtually all USB devices. The charger, if combined with a special USB-C cable, will allow you to quickly recharge iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, as well as iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. On the iPad side, instead, those who can benefit from this charging technology will be mainly iPad Pro.
In pack, as already mentioned, there is also a USB-C USB-C cable of one meter, which therefore makes the charger ready for use at maximum speed, at least with compatible Android terminals, such as Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10 E, Note 9, but also the Galaxy of the previous generation, as well as the Huawei P30, P30 Pro, Mate 20, P20, Mate 10 terminals, and many others with support for Quick Charge charging up to 2.4A.
Considering the technical characteristics, this charger could be particularly useful as a support for all wireless charging pads, in order to release the power needed to activate fast wireless charging.
The CE, FCC, RoHS certified Choetech charger, therefore the manufacturer ensures internal circuits with multiple protections against overcurrent, overvoltage, overheating and short circuit for a safer and faster charging. The portable charger made with a casing that seemed to be a good plastic, both to the touch and able to withstand falls.
As already mentioned it is small, with a weight of about 66 grams, therefore, particularly compact, suitable above all for those who want to transport it during travel.
We did not really find any problem of use, or overheating, and the loader has always done its job, both with iOS devices and with Android devices. Obviously, it is also perfectly compatible with Macbooks with USB-C input.
As already mentioned, the cable in the package allows you to recharge Android devices with USB-C. During our tests we tried to recharge one Xiaomi Mi 9 and one Honor 20 Pro, both equipped with fast charge support. With both terminals we didn't encounter any kind of problem: by inserting the connector, fast charging was immediately activated, with all the resulting advantages: the recharge of the Android terminals enabled to the quick charge really fast, without equal.
Choetech USB- to Lightning cable
To get the same results with an iPhone, unfortunately, the Choetech 18W wall charger alone is not enough. This package includes only a USB-C to USB-C cable, therefore not compatible with iPhone and iPad. It is therefore necessary to combine a special cable.
The one being tested, always Choetech, has a length of 2 meters, therefore particularly long, to be used also in bed, with the charger inserted in the socket near the bedside table. It is of course Mai certified, therefore Made for iPhone, so you do not have to worry about the future: belonging to the Apple certified accessories program, its operation with future peripherals of the insured Apple.
Supports Power Delivery technology, and the USB-C Lightning cable uses the new C94 connector to deliver very high power for fast charging. As already mentioned, compatible with iPhone 8, 8 Plus and later, therefore iPhone X, XS, XR, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.
Unlike the usual 1m or 1.2m Type-C Lightning cables on the market, this 2-meter cable is truly unique considering the particularly low list price.
Despite its length, it is an extremely easy to transport cable, resistant but flexible at the same time. It has a high quality TPE coating, soft to the touch, waterproof, resistant to wear and bending. From the first uses it seems to us to be very lasting, even if this is a sentence to leave at the time. The lifetime warranty offered by the manufacturer, however, can reassure anyone.
Of course, what is most interesting when you try a cable and a charger like that, are the charging times. How much time do you actually earn by recharging your devices to support fast charging?
As for Android devices, the data varies widely, considering the different models available on the market. It is not possible to return universal timings valid for all terminals. What we can say, however, that for the devices we tested, like Xiaomi Mi 9, recharge times are absolutely comparable to those obtained with the respective original loaders.
As for the charging of iOS devices, actually, we found several benefits compared to the original Apple chargers and cables included in the package. We tested the two devices with an iPhone X. Well, while with the original cables it takes almost 2 hours for a 20 to 100% charge, using the wall adapter, and the Lightning USB-C cable to Lightning, we succeeded to gain half an hour, always charging the device from 20 to 100%.
As for iPad, instead, our point of reference was an iPad mini 4, which we brought from 0 to 50% in less than an hour.
Depending on the peripherals you have at home we recommend the purchase of the Choetech 18W adapter alone, or in combination with the USB-C Lightning cable. The latter is practically indispensable for charging iOS devices, but you could do without it if you only have Android smartphones at home.
Both peripherals are of good quality, and the list price is absolutely in line with what is offered. Remember that the Choetech Mai cable, therefore fully compatible with Apple devices, and a length of 2 meters a value I add.
- Good quality of both devices
- USB-C cable included in the 18 W adapter
- Lightning 2-meter USB-C cable
- The 18W adapter does not include the Lightning cable
Prices and availability
The wall charger is purchased directly at this address for 14.99 euros, available only in black color.
The USB-C Lightning cable available from this Amazon page, on the other hand, costs 13.99 euros and is available in black and white, depending on your iPhone. Too bad, then, that the wall socket is only available in black.