Apple silently released the 5th generation of iPad mini earlier this month, it’s equipped with the powerful A12 Bionic chip, a 7.9-inch retina display with true tone. Moreover, you can use Apple pencil on it, it seems that it has integrated the new iPad features as many as possible. However, as a charging enthusiast, I care more about its charging specs. With the 10/12W ( US/EU standard) charging bricks coming with the new mini’s, does this mean the iPad mini 5 doesn’t support fast charging?
The battery capacity of iPad mini 5 is 19.1 Wh, and the charging port remains the lightning style, it didn’t follow the trend of the iPad Pro to use the more extendable USB-C standard. It seems that iPad mini 5 doesn’t get updated with the PD fast charging technology, is that true? The most intuitive way is applying a PD charger and see what the charging test result would be. Several iPad mini 5 users wrote on Macrumors that they had tried to use the Apple 30W adapter to charge the new device and it’s totally compatible. With a 30W charger, it gets 66% charged in 1 hours while with the genuine 10W charger it only gets 42% in the same amount of charging time.
Therefore, iPad mini 5 does support fast charging, what if you use a charger with even higher power input? According to the test result from a Chinese peer on Charger Blog, when you use an Apple 61W PD adapter, iPad mini 5 gets 36% charged from fully flat in 30 minutes, and gets 67% juice in 1 hours, fully charged in 2.5 hours. The biggest power input is limited under 20W, so no matter you use a 30W or 61W PD adapter, the charging time would not be affected, but it’s definitely shorter than the time you spend with a genuine 10W/12W adapter.
How to fast charge iPad mini 5?
The best way is to use a 30W PD power adapter to charge iPad mini 5. If you live in an Apple eco-system with a MacBook / Pro, you can directly apply the corresponding 30W/61W/87W charger, if not, a trustworthy third-party 30W PD wall charger is a good alternative, don’t forget to get a reliable lightning to USB-C cable in the meantime.
Best 30W PD USB-C charger and cable for iPad mini 5:
- Small Yet Mighty – The laptop charger that’s the size of a phone charger. A 30W output delivers high-speed charging to Apple phones, tablets, laptops, and all USB-C devices.
- High-Speed – 2. 5× faster than the charger that comes with your iPhone. Charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes.
- Ultra-Compact – 40% smaller than an out-of-the-box MacBook charger; about the size of a golf ball. Takes up minimal space in any pack or pocket.
- Powered by GaN – By swapping out silicon for gallium nitride (GaN), we’ve created a higher efficiency charger that generates less heat, allowing our charging technology to be shrunk smaller than ever.
2.Apple Lightning to USB-C Cable (1 m) $18.95 currently