Google’s latest flagship phones, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, do not come with a charger in the box. This leaves buyers to find the proper charger that can deliver fast charging speeds to fully charge either phone in around an hour.
Charging Power Needs of Pixel 8 and 8 Pro
The Pixel 8 is rated to charge at up to 27W while the Pixel 8 Pro can handle up to 30W of charging power. To get the rated fast charging speeds, you’ll want a charger that provides at least 30W of power. Charging at under 30W will still charge the phones but not as quickly as advertised. Going above 30W does not provide any benefit or faster charging.
You Don’t Need Google’s Official Charger
While Google sells its own 30W charger, you can find reliable and affordable options from other brands. As long as the charger is properly rated for at least 30W and supports the power delivery standards, it will charge a Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro at the maximum speed. Double check that any third-party charger you buy meets the proper specifications. In addition, you can also read an article on- Google Pixel 8 Pro Survives Intense Drop and Scratch Tests
Consider Your Other Devices
If you want to charge your Pixel phone and another device like the Pixel Watch 2 simultaneously, make sure to get a charger with enough ports and power to handle the concurrent charging. The Pixel Watch 2 needs at least 20-30W. A charger with 60W or greater output with multiple ports will be able to charge a phone and watch together at maximum speed.
Recommended Chargers for Pixel 8 Series
Here are some well-reviewed chargers to consider for your Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Pro:
- Anker 30W GaN PPS USB-C Charger – Compact single-port 30W charger
- UGreen 30W GaN PPS USB-C Charger – Affordable 30W single-port option
- Anker 60W 2-port GaN PPS USB-C Charger – Charges phone + watch concurrently
- Anker 100W 3-port GaN II USB-C and USB-A Charger – Charges multiple devices efficiently