Remember the micro USB wall charger that used to charge with old iPhones, iPads, and even some iPods? Apple is still selling the power adapter, but it looks like it won’t last much longer.
the official Apple 5W USB Power Adapter It is still available in the US, UK, Canada, and a few other countries. It’s remained virtually identical since it was first included with the iPhone 3G in 2008, with a single USB Type-A port and a maximum charging speed of 5W. This is much slower than the 15W charging speed that modern iPhones can handle. It is priced at $19 in the US.
Mac rumors And the Mac Otakara Report the 5W charger is currently on sale in Apple online stores in Australia, Japan, France, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Spain, China and other countries. The company appears to be slowly phasing out it, as the last remaining stock in every country has run out. Apple is still selling bigger 12W power adapter With the same USB Type A connector, side by side Many wall chargers With USB Type-C ports and higher power outputs. The latest developments, Apple released 35W dual port charger.
Although faster USB chargers are more widely available, some still use slower adapters such as the 5W model to avoid excessive wear of smartphone batteries. Although modern smartphones are designed to avoid overheating or running out of battery when charging, and usually have software features to limit the maximum battery level or charging speed, using a slower power adapter for overnight charging can still be beneficial for long-term battery health. the long .
Fortunately, if you want to keep charging your devices at slower speeds, there are plenty of options other than the $20 Apple charger. Amazon sells Similar 12W charger for $12.29And the Anker sells one 12W 2-port for $14.39 (At the time of writing).