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Che Castro
Jan 18, 2013, 08:21 AM
I have an iphone 5 & ipad mini
I need an extra wall adapter

So which one would you buy ?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0073FE1F0/ref=aw_cr_d_fiona-hardware?qid=1358518494&sr=8-2


Or this

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0091XI1SU/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1358518809&sr=8-1&pi=SL75


The official apple chargers are more expensive



HazyCloud
Jan 18, 2013, 12:59 PM
I'd go with the 15w so you can easily charge 2 at a time if needed since it'll provide more power than the first one you linked to.

(Personally I'd spend the extra 4 bucks and get 12w one from Apple.)

Che Castro
Jan 18, 2013, 01:18 PM
Will using the 12w not damage the ipad mini battery long term ?

HazyCloud
Jan 18, 2013, 01:25 PM
Will using the 12w not damage the ipad mini battery long term ?

I don't know the exact details, but Apple wouldn't sell it if it did. The iPad probably knows not to pull too much power that could damage the battery. Apple lists the 12w as compatible with the iPad mini so in my eyes, it's safe to use. Plus, you've got 1 year minimum in the event something happens with the battery. This is also why I only use Apple chargers on my devices.

iThinkergoiMac
Jan 18, 2013, 09:44 PM
Will using the 12w not damage the ipad mini battery long term ?

No, it could be 500W and it wouldn't harm your device. Electrical devices draw as much wattage as they need, the wattage isn't forced in. Voltage is different, but you don't need to worry about wattage.

As long as it complies to the USB standard, I wouldn't worry about it damaging your devices.

mofunk
Jan 18, 2013, 11:54 PM
How much money are you saving by not getting the Apple version? I would go with a brand name like Belkin or get a battery pack charger thing.


$20

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD836LL/A/apple-12w-usb-power-adapter?fnode=3c


The link you posted, you are only saving $6. :(

charlituna
Jan 27, 2013, 01:42 PM
Will using the 12w not damage the ipad mini battery long term ?

Nope. All Apple chargers are designed to downgrade if the device doesn't need it. Same with switching voltage for international use.