Can You Charge an iPhone 13 with an Old Charger?

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Apple made a lot of changes to its iPhone lineup in 2021 with the launch of the iPhone 13 series and while most of the improvements to its devices are great, there are some things that not everyone will like.


One of those changes is the decision to remove chargers from iPhones boxes which mean that you have to buy a charger separately if you are getting a new iPhone.

Now, we have seen Apple say that they are doing this “for the planet” and that removing the charger from their boxes will reduce the carbon emissions, etc.

They also said that most iPhone users already have a charger at home so they will be able to charge their new iPhones with the old charger.

Yes, that is true. You can use your old charger to charge your new iPhone but it is not as straightforward as it sounds.

Which Charger is Recommended to Charge my iPhone 13?

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As we mentioned earlier, it is definitely possible to charge your iPhone 13 with your old charger since you already have a charger lying around and you don’t want to invest in a new one. That totally makes sense and you are doing your bit for the environment as well.

But the problem is that the latest iPhones including the iPhone 13 series support fast charging at up to 20W. 

This means if you have a compatible fast charger, you can charge your iPhone quite fast.

But if your old charger only supports 5W charging then your charging speeds will be quite slow and you will not be able to take advantage of fast charging even on your latest iPhones.


By slow, we do mean quite terribly slow as it takes almost 3 hours to fully charge an iPhone 13 with the 5W charger whereas the 20W charger will only take an hour and a bit.

So yes, it is technically possible to charge your iPhone with an old charger and you can definitely live with it for a while.

But we are sure that you will be forced to purchase the latest charger in order to take advantage of the 20W fast charging that your device supports.


The simple answer to whether you can charge an iPhone with an old charger is definitely yes. But there’s a catch.


The catch is that if you are upgrading to a new iPhone after 4 to 5 years then your charger brick must be outdated and only supports up to 5W charging which is not fast by any means.

The modern chargers support 20W fast charging which is 4x the older charging speeds so you will definitely see improvements.

This means that if you care about faster-charging speeds, you will be forced to upgrade to a new charger even if you have an old charger at your home and you can charge with it as well.

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