If Apple doesn’t want me to charge my iPhone overnight, where’s my 100W fast charging?


A public service announcement (PSA) is a message in the public interest disseminated by the media without charge to raise public awareness and change behavior.

Just the other day, Apple came up with another PSA: it warned iPhone users about overnight iPhone charging.

Why? Because it could be dangerous, if not handled properly. It could result in “fire, electric shock, injury, or damage to iPhone or other property”, as they put it.

Here’s what Apple’s support page says:

You don’t have to be on the paranoid side to get concerned about getting incinerated while having a wonderful dream. Or riding the plug lightning, for that matter – it doesn’t really matter if the outcome is the same.

A proposition for you, Tim

I know you’re reading this, Tim (we’re on a first-name basis with Tim Cook). So, here’s my advice:

Why increase the charging speed four times, you might ask?

I’m glad you asked. Here are three reasons why I think my idea should materialize for the upcoming iPhone 16 series:

  1. It’s fast
  2. It’s fast
  3. It’s fast

Pretty convincing, right?

Joking aside, I think fast charging on an iPhone is a good idea, because this way, users will have one less problem to think about. Right now, they do have to think about charging their phones: 

Everyone, at a point in time

So, fast charging is convenient.

Whoever sells convenience, sells the most. And I do know, in fact, that Apple wants to sell the most.

And, most importantly, if your iPhone could be charged in the morning while you’re taking a shower, why do it overnight – regardless of whether there’s a fire hazard?

The battery on the iPhone 15 is impressive

Okay, enough with the Apple bashing. The battery on the iPhone is actually very decent. Sorry, I meant the battery on the iPhone 15, not the iPhone 14. Why? Well, because it’s stacked.Only after releasing the iPhone 15 line, Apple said the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro’s battery performance is better than what was initially estimated. Instead of the expected 500 complete charge cycles, after which the phone’s battery should retain 80% of its original capacity, Apple said the iPhone 15 line could charge and discharge for a thousand (1000!) times before getting the 80% levels.

That’s apparently the direct consequence of using a “stacked” battery production method, akin to those in electric vehicles. This way, the iPhone 15‘s battery has a more uniform internal structure that enhances energy density and stability.

Stacked batteries exhibit improved efficiency and thermal management, though manufacturing complexity and costs are higher. Conversely, the “traditional” non-stacked winding battery method, characterized by its cylindrical or prismatic shape, offers ease of manufacturing and robustness but may have slightly lower energy density due to the winding process.

The competition batteries are more than impressive

We can’t talk about phone batteries and not mention the Hotwav W11, a true Hulk of a battery champion! This one will blow you away with a 100-day stand-by battery life!

That was a nice little detour, but let’s get back to the point.

The 1000 charge cycles on the iPhone 15 line are impressive, but the Vivo V30 Pro (announced at the end of February 2024) is even more impressive – Vivo claims the battery health remains above 80% even after 1600 charge-discharge cycles. That’s a battery lifespan of four years, wow! Another “wow” is that the Vivo V30 Pro is sold around the $500 price tag around the world (not in the USA, though). And the iPhone 15 is certainly not $500, right?

Since we’re talking about cheaper options, how about something truly budget-friendly? Let’s check out the Moto G24 Power. This one packs an absolutely colossal 6,000mAh cell while costing a measly $108 and up and India. It offers 33W charging speed – that’s more than the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 25W charging speeds. Cool, right?

Okay, we’re talking about batteries, so we can’t pass by the Honor Magic 6 Pro just like that. After all, this phone can literally survive for days in a freezer. That’s thanks to its silicon-carbon battery.

It’s a 5600 mAh battery with 80W wired SuperCharge and 66W wireless SuperCharge speeds, but the most important thing is that the Magic 6 Pro packs the second-generation silicon-carbon battery from Honor.

This cutting-edge battery technology boasts superior performance and longevity, particularly in colder climates, marking a significant advancement in smartphone capabilities and establishing new benchmarks for the industry.

In summary, silicon-carbon batteries present an enticing option for several reasons. Firstly, the silicon-carbon battery demonstrates remarkable performance and durability, particularly in colder climates. Secondly, the transition from traditional graphite to silicon-carbon materials substantially increases the anode’s capacity, offering up to ten times more capacity, which is good news.

Who’s the fastest of them all?

If we’re to talk about the absolute fast-charging champions out there, we’ll have to leave Apple, Samsung, and Google behind. Wa-a-y behind.

Currently, the most recently released fastest charging phone is the Realme GT3. It maxes out at 240W of charging speed, which is enough to fill up its 4,600 battery in 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

Not even 10 minutes. That’s crazy!

I’m not advocating for 200W+ speeds on the iPhone. 100W, or, heck, even 80W would be nice.

If I can charge my phone while waiting for the coffee machine to do its thing and take a shower in the morning, I’m dead serious: I’ll never ever leave my phone plugged in overnight.

Apple can even include this as a clause in the contract when buying an iPhone:

Now that we’ve given you blazing fast charging speeds, do you renounce the overnight charging habit?

To which I, and everyone else, will say:

Yeah, “no problemo”!

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