The Nothing Phone (1) doesn’t come with a charger, but Nothing sells a separate power adapter that buyers can purchase along with the smartphone, and for those who want a third-party charger, here are the best alternatives that work with the phone. Since manufacturers have decided not to ship chargers with their phones, buyers who don’t have a spare or compatible charger either have to buy from the manufacturer or from third-party brands.
Nothing knows buyers may opt for chargers from other brands, so it has provided a minimum requirement for chargers other than its own. Info on its product page says owners should only use chargers that support Quick Charge 4.0. This is Qualcomm’s fast charging technology, and one of its features is support for USB-C and USB Power Delivery (USB PD). This means a third-party charger that supports USB PD should safely charge Nothing’s smartphone.
The Nothing Phone (1) supports 33W fast charging, and with the official charger, which has a 45W power rating, Nothing states the phone should charge from empty to 65 percent in 30 minutes, while a full charge should take 70 minutes. The phone also supports wireless charging, but that takes 120 minutes to charge the device from empty to full. Unfortunately, Nothing doesn’t sell a wireless charger, which leaves users having to find a compatible wireless charger on their own.
For those who want to pick up a third-party charger for the Nothing Phone (1), one of the options to consider is the Anker 521 Charger. Anker’s charger is a portable power brick with a 40W rating. It also has two USB-C ports, like Apple’s dual-port charger, so users can charge two devices simultaneously. When a single device is connected, each port can output 40W. However, upon connecting a second device, the charger will split the output to 20W per port. The Anker 521 Charger is priced at $36 in the U.S. while those in the U.K. can grab it for £35, the same price Nothing sells its charger.
Another great option is the Baseus GaN2 Pro Quick Charger which even bests the Anker mentioned above. Not only does it have a higher 65W power output, but it has three ports, one of which is USB-A. The charger supports Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 4+ and PPS fast charging, among others. Baseus claims each of the USB-C ports has a maximum power output of 65W, but that value drops when another device is connected. The power brick is also pretty affordable at $34.99.
An equally powerful charger compatible with the Nothing Phone (1) is the UGREEN 65W 2-port GaN Adapter. As its name says, it has a 65W power rating, and its dual USB-C ports allow for charging two devices concurrently. When two devices are connected, the charger splits the power output into two – the first USB-C port will max out at 20W while the second will support 45W fast charging. UGREEN states the charger supports USB PD 3.0, Quick Charge 4.0, PPS, and FCP charging protocols. And with a price tag of £32, it offers better value for money than Nothing’s own proprietary charger. All of these chargers are in the same price range as Nothing’s charger but offer significant upgrades over it. Regardless of which of these power adapters owners of the Nothing Phone (1) choose, they should be able to top up their device as fast as possible.