Everybody is excited about this Watch from Apple. It's one of their best-ever products, as it keeps you connected with your iPhone and extends its functionality. However, there is one question on everybody's mind "Does Apple Watch come with a charger?
This is normal for people to ask as Apple recently stopped adding chargers to some of its products, like the latest versions of the iPhone. This blog post will answer your question and other related questions. Keep reading.
Does Apple watch come with a charger?
No, the Apple Watch does not come with a complete charger but with a magnetic charging cable that terminates with a USB port. The Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable is not just any regular USB cable, with a built-in magnet contact point that attaches to the bottom side of the Watch and lets you charge your Watch quickly and easily.
Why doesn't the Apple Watch come with a charger?
Apple's reason for not adding a power adapter to the Apple watch is because they believe people buying newer series of Watches already have the power adapter they got from their iPhone or a previous Watch at home. They believe this will help reduce electronic waste and its environmental impact.
Lisa Jackson, the VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives at Apple, made a statement concerning not adding the power adapter to the Apple Watch at one of Apple's events:
"Sometimes it's not what we make, but what we don't make that counts. We know that customers have been accumulating USB power adapters and that producing millions of unneeded adapters consumes resources and adds to our carbon footprint. So this year, we are removing the USB power adapter from Apple Watch."
In addition, Apple explained that not adding power adapters to Apple watches since 2016 has cut down its carbon footprint by 35%, leading to more reduction in its environmental footprint. Then, there is the added advantage of the revenue generated from users that will purchase power adapters separately if they require them.
What does this mean for consumers?
You'll have to use your old USB power adapter if you buy a new Apple watch. If you don't have an old one, you'll have to buy a new USB power cable from a third-party store.
What does this mean for Apple's future products?
As Apple stopped adding the USB power adapter to its box for the stated reasons, future Apple products will follow suit. There's a probability that other manufacturers will make this move. Although, some countries have requested that Apple must include the chargers as it violates their local consumer laws.
Does Apple Watch 7 come with a charger?
Like the previous Apple watch series 6, the Apple Watch Series 7 doesn't come with a complete charging set. It comes with a magnetic charging cable only but not a power adapter.
What Does the Apple Watch Series 7 have in its packaging?
When you buy a new Apple Watch Series 7, what you'll see in its pack first is the Watch itself wrapped up to protect it from scratches. You'll notice that the Apple Watch 7 has a larger sports display than the previous Apple Watch models.
The next thing you'll see is the Watch band. When ordering an Apple Watch, you'll be asked to select a band from dozens of options like rubber, steel, leather, etc. You also get to choose the color of the band you want.
Finally, you get the magnetic fast charging USB type C cable, a manual, and paperwork inside the box.
Problem consumers face for Apple Watch Series 7 that doesn't have a Power Adapter
Removing the USB power adapter from the Apple Watch Series 7 box is a good way to reduce environmental carbon footprint. However, users face some problems with this action. The Apple Watch Series 7 has a USB-C magnetic charging cable. People are unlikely to have a USB-C wall charger in their homes. Also, most of the charging cables for iPhones, iPad, and iPods come with a USB-A charger which has a different shape.
This means users buying the Apple watch series 7 must buy a new power adapter or use their computer with a USB-C port to plug in the charging cord. In the latter case, charging your Apple watch won't be convenient, as you are limited to charging only where your computer is, but most people prefer charging their Apple watch at other convenient places.
Which USB power adapter is the best for the Apple watch series 7?
Apple recommends getting any of its power adapters rated for 18w or above. This will support fast charging on your new Watch. Also, you can get a third-party USB adapter that has 5 watts or higher to enable your Watch fast charge.
You can use any one of these power adapters:
- Apple 18W, 20W, 29W, 30W, 61W, 87W, or 96W USB-C Power Adapter.
- A comparable third-party USB-C power adapter that supports USB Power Delivery USB-PD of 5W or greater."
Apple Watch models with USB power adapters
From the first Apple watch series, the Apple Watch Series 1, to Apple Watch SE 1st generation, USB power adapters were added to the packaging. The complete list is as follows:
- Apple Watch Series 1
- Apple Watch Series 2
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch SE 1st generation
Apple Watch models without USB power adapters
Apple stopped adding USB power adapters to its Apple Watch from the Apple Watch Series 6 to the latest version of Apple Watch – Apple Watch Ultra. Here is a list of Apple Watch models without a USB power adapter:
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple watch SE
- Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch Ultra.
Do I need to buy a USB power adapter for my Apple watch?
Yes, you need to buy a USB power adapter when buying any recent Apple watch model since it doesn't come with any. Although, if you have an old power adapter that works well with your Apple Watch, then there's no need to buy a new one. Just make use of that.
How do I charge my Apple Watch?
Since the Apple Watch comes with only a magnetic charging cable, to charge your Apple watch, you have to get a power adapter to use with the magnetic cable. Connect the magnetic end to the bottom of your Apple Watch. Then, connect the magnetic USB cable to the power adapter and plug it into a wall socket. If properly connected, a charging indicator will show up on the Watch.
How much is an Apple watch charger?
The price of an Apple Watch charger depends on what you are buying and where you are buying it. A used charger will be cheaper than a new one. Buying just the power adapter will cost less than when you intend to buy the adapter and the charging cable together. Also, the Apple Watch charger model you plan to buy differs. So go to an Apple-authorized store and check out the price of the specific charger you want to buy.
Where can I buy an Apple watch charger?
The best place to buy a new Apple watch charge is from the Apple store, where you know you are getting the best quality. If you don't have an Apple store around you, you can check third-party stores like Amazon, Bestbuy, Target, etc. You can also buy from your family and friends if they are willing to sell theirs to you. Ensure that the second charger you intend to purchase works perfectly before paying for it.
Buying a new device without a complete charger set can be annoying since you still have to buy a USB power adapter separately. If you are a loyal user of Apple products, you should get used to this as it is the new trend for Apple Watch and other products from the company.
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