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How can I charge my iPad or iPhone faster? [Tip of the day #6]

Charge your iPad or iPhone faster

You probably own one of the simple chargers of Apple. The most common ones are the 5W, 10W and 12W models. But did you know that you can charge your devices also with 18W or even up to 35W? Apple usually provides only the basic charger when you buy a new iPhone or iPad. Except the new iPhone Pro and iPad Pro, they come with an 18W charger.

So, how can you charge your iPad or iPhone faster? Get a USB-C to Lightning cable like this one from Apple and a charger that provides Power Delivery like the Aukey PA-D2. This will allow you to charge all your iPads and iPhones at a faster rate.

The following devices support fast charging and how fast they can be charged:

DeviceMaximum charging speed
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and later (including iPhone SE 2020)18W (9V@2A) (Source)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation and later)30W (15V@2A) (Source)
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)35W ([email protected]) (Source)
iPad Pro 10.5-inch (read more)30W (15V@2A) (Source)
iPad Air (3rd generation)30W (15V@2A) (Source)
iPad mini (5th generation) (read more)20.5W ([email protected]) (Source)

Your experience may vary depending on what cable and charger you are using. If you’re interested in analyzing it further then it is usually good to have a device to measure the power coming from the wall outlet.

Why is it important?

It’s important because you save a lot of time if you add it up over a year! Apple is usually silent about the charging speeds of their devices. The list above has been researched by searching for the tested results from many website. Apple has no list that shows how fast you can charge your device.

Is there more?

My recommendation is to get a good charger. Do some research and think about your requirements. Do you need two USB-C in one charger? Or a USB-C and a USB-A Charger in one? Or only one USB-C in one charger?

Amazon and others offer many different chargers. My tip is holding eyes open for USB-C. More and more devices use it and its usually practical to have all device with one charging type because it saves you a lot of clutter.

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