How to charge your iPad Pro faster: Apple’s 29W USB-C charger


iPads have always taken a long time to charge, thanks to their capacious internal batteries. The original iPad Pro, with its 38.8Wh battery, takes a monstrous 4.5 hours to charge fully using the 12W adapter in the box. That’s fine overnight but it’s certainly not ideal if you’re looking for a quick recharge at an airport or the like. It’s the same story with the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which also has a sizeable 27.5Wh internal battery.

Thankfully, there is another option available: Apple’s 29W USB-C power adapter, which provides more than double-speed charging (and is better known as the charger that ships with the new MacBook). Faster charging is pricey though, with the adapter costing £34 – and that’s not including the £25 for a 1 metre USB-C to Lightning cable or £35 for a 2 metre USB-C to Lightning cable. That puts your total spend at £59 or £69, respectively.


We’re looking to source a more wallet-friendly alternative charger in the near future. Until then, it’s up to you to decide if much faster charging is worth the extra expense.

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