Apple announced the iPhone 14 lineup at the ‘Far Out’ event on 7th September 2022. While the base models – iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, Apple didn’t have much to offer. But, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max came out as a complete beast. The Pro Models of the iPhone 14 series pack the new in-house A16 Bionic chipset, pill-shaped cutout instead of a notch which Apple calls ‘Dynamic Island’ brings in an innovative way to interact with your iPhone. Also, the most anticipated Always-ON display has come to life with the launch of the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. The device features a 6.1” and 6.7” Super Retina XDR display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, respectively. The camera upgrades on both high-end models are a treat for photography and videography enthusiasts as well. There’s one thing where we did not see much chatter about and that’s the iPhone 14 Pro series battery life and charging.
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Charging on iPhone 14 series: What Apple Claims?
With all that said, Apple has once again limited the charging capability on all four models of the iPhone 14 lineup for some unknown reasons. The company didn’t mention the exact details of what it called ‘larger batteries’ at the event. But, it did mention the details that suggest all the iPhone 14 models have an extra hour of improvement by comparing to the last year’s iPhone 13 series. Apple says that all four models are fast charge capable and can be charged up to 50% in 35 minutes with a 20W or higher power adapter. To remind you, this was also the case with all the iPhone 13 series models.
Charging on iPhone 14 series: Comparison with iPhone 13 Series and the REAL picture
Like last year, the iPhone 14 series shipped with fast charging support. But, the power accepted by all the phones could vary. As suggested by Apple, we expect the standard model – iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus to fast charge at 20W, which was the case with iPhone 13 last year. While the Pro models of the iPhone 14 lineup can go even further than the prescribed limit of 20W similar to last year. FYI, the tests conducted by ChargerLAB last year indicated that the Pro models of the iPhone 13 lineup got upgraded fast charging support last year (which wasn’t advertised by Apple). As per the tests, the iPhone 13 Pro Max can charge at speeds up to 27W, whereas the standard Pro variant max out at 23W. This made users try out suitable USB-C Power Delivery chargers with at least 30W power output. That’s why we speculate that the Cupertino giant was pushing a 30W USB-C PD charger at the time of the iPhone 13 launch. Considering this, we believe that the iPhone 14 Pro can charge at a maximum speed of 23W, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max model could max out at 30W unofficially. Since Apple doesn’t ship any chargers, we recommend you get a 30W power adapter to charge all devices under the iPhone 14 lineup. Furthermore, with a 30W charger, you can also charge an iPad or even a MacBook. We will be updating this section later with accurate results from different credible tests.
Aside from wired charging, the iPhone 14 series also gets 15W MagSafe wireless charging, which is faster than the 7.5W speeds that Apple still says you’d get on regular Qi wireless chargers. This also hasn’t changed from last year.
Note: iPhone charging speed decreases as it approaches a full charge since iPhone’s battery health management system has limits to slow down the charging to protect and maintain its battery health.
Battery life of iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max
No doubt, the battery life on the Pro Max model exceeded its predecessor’s, sadly there is no significant difference. Here’s a comparison chart that shows the battery life of the iPhone 13 series and iPhone 14 series.
|iPhone 14 series||Battery life (hours:minutes)||iPhone 13 series||Battery life (hours:minutes)|
Web browsing: 18h:01m
Video playback: 18h:28m
Web browsing: 16h:08m
Video playback: 16h:50m
|iPhone 14 Pro||
Web browsing: 19h:55m
Video playback: 17h:18m
|iPhone 13 Pro||
Web browsing: 16h:44m
Video playback: 18h:20m
|iPhone 14 Pro Max||Calling: 27h:23m
Web browsing: 23h:39m
Video playback: 24h:38m
|iPhone 13 Pro Max||
Web browsing: 20h:10m
Video playback: 24h:12m
Actual charging speed of iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max (Test Results)
Here’s a quick look at the charging speed test results reported by PhoneArena via their YouTube channel. Please note that every model of the iPhone 14 series put up for test was charged using the most powerful charger.
iPhone 14 – 1 hour 28 minutes
iPhone 14 Pro – 1 hour 31 minutes
iPhone 14 Pro Max – 1 hour 38 minutes
iPhone 14 Plus – 2 hours 19 minutes
You can get faster-charging speeds using a 30W charger. Here are our recommendations.
Disclaimer: iPhone charging speed decreases as it approaches a full charge since iPhone’s battery health management system has limits to slow down the charging to protect and maintain its battery health.
Battery life and charging on iPhone 14 series: Our Views
As expected, the lab tests suggest that the base model of the iPhone 14 series – iPhone 14, offers a better battery life than its predecessor. This is also applicable when we compare the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro. Having said that, it is underwhelming to see this year’s Pro Max model getting minor upgrades in the battery life department over the last year’s Pro Max model.
As far as charging is concerned, reports suggest that a 29W or higher Apple adapter charged the iPhone 14 Pro Max at 26W to nearly 27W. Whereas the charging speeds for the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro are yet to be reported, we believe a 30W adapter should be adequate for these devices too. In short, the charging speed for all iPhone 14 models is largely the same as its predecessor.
Please note that all the details mentioned here about the charging speeds of the iPhone 14 models are reported by various trusted reviewers and agencies. If there’s anything new about these iPhones, we will surely update it here for our readers.
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