The first thing you should do with your Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, or Galaxy S23 Ultra is charge the battery. You want a 100% full battery to get the most out of your new phone, but that brings up a simple, but important question: Does the Samsung Galaxy S23 have a charger?
A few years ago, when you could count on every phone to have a charger in the box, this seemed like a silly question to ask. But in 2023, every phone you want to buy should think about it. These days, some phones have chargers, some don’t, and that’s just how things work.
The Galaxy S23 does not come with a charger
What was the response to the S23 lineup? Unfortunately, the Galaxy S23 phones not comes with a charger in the box, as part of Samsung’s ongoing efforts to reduce e-waste. However, they do have a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable if you don’t have one of those hanging around.
This means you need to use a charging block you already own or buy a new one for the job. It’s not always as straightforward as it first sounds, as there are many different chargers and technologies, making it difficult to choose the right one for your new phone. To make it even more confusing, the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra also support slightly different charging standards than the Galaxy S23.
Galaxy S23 charging speed, explained
To get the fastest charging speed from the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra, you need a charging block that is compatible with Samsung’s 45-watt Super Fast Charging 2.0 standard. It can be purchased from Samsung or from Amazon and costs around $40. You can also look for charging blocks that support the Power Delivery 3.0 PDO/PPS standard and a 45W output, because they should work in the same way. The regular Galaxy S23 supports the 25W Super Fast Charging standard.
In addition, all three Galaxy S23 phones have wireless charging using Samsung’s Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 standard, which can provide wireless power of up to 15W – if you use a compatible charging pad and a charging block that supports correct standards. To ensure this, it would be wise to use Samsung’s wireless charger and charging block. All three phones also have Wireless PowerShare, and can slowly charge a compatible device wirelessly.
If you decide to just use an old charging block you have at home or a USB port on your computer, Galaxy S23 phones will still charge – but you won’t get the fastest speeds. Charging the battery in the shortest possible time is the only major benefit of using or buying a new, 100% compatible charger for your new Galaxy S23. If you’re not too worried about this, and just charge your phone overnight, then keeping a charger you already own will save you money.