iPad Pro Charging using a USB-C to Lightning cable Apple's 29W USB-C charger

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  1. Hexley
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    Has anyone tried charging their iPad Pro with any 3rd party USB-C to Lightning cable and any USB-C charger (Apple or 3rd party).

    Did it improve charging the 4.5 hour charging time?
     
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    Supposedly the iPad will control the maximum charging wattage allowed.
     
  3. Hexley, Jan 1, 2016
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    Yes the device will regulate power delivery. As there is no official Apple USB-C to Lighting cables I was wondering if the iPad Pro will allow 3rd party cables to exceeding 12W when coupled with a higher wattage charger like the Apple 29W USB-C charger.
     
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    It seems like the iPad pro may be capable of charging at faster rates. I look at how fast it sends a full charge to the Apple pencil vs the pencil plugged in to usb and it's remarkable. I would imagine if it can output power that quickly, it surely must be able to accept more power and faster charge. I could be wrong tho.

    They'll probably call it they're most revolutionary accessory and charge $100 for it when they release it in 2 months.
     
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    If you look at the regulation section in general under settings it supports 14.5 volts in 2 amps (29 watts) at least in mexico :)
     
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    Well holy crap would you look at that....you're right! Guess that ends at least some degree of speculation.

    Now the question is, will Apple do something about it?
     
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    Wow, good eye. That should be front page news.
     
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    Well spotted.

    In the iPhone's regulatory page it states 5V 1A - i.e. the specifications of the 5W charger it comes with, but as we know iPhones can charge faster with the 10 and 12W adapters. So maybe the iPad Pro can support even higher inputs than 29W!

    Now, how can we actually deliver 29W to the iPad?

    I tried charging the Pro using a USB-C to USB adapter and a Lightning cable and the charge time wasn't any faster. I assume this is because of the limitations of a USB 2 cable. But with the Pro having a USB 3-compliant Lightning port, I bet it would charge faster with a USB 3 Lightning cable.
     
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    Well, I guess it will only be a matter of time, until apple releases a Lightning to USB 3 or Lightning to USB-C Cable. Maybe they will release it with the next iPad Air…
     
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    Yes, but the new cables and adapters are just trickling out that this point.
     
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    My new guess is that a new charger will be released, but not a regular charger. So as not to upset original buyers of the iPad pro by making them purchase an additional charger, they may create a dock charger that uses the new three point connector for fast charging and then charge about $120 for it.
     
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    No, it will still charge through the Lightning port, but there will be a new cable and/or brick to charge the iPP faster. Not unlike when the 12W block came out because charging was slow with the 10W.
     
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    It will probably be the USB-C 29W charger. It matches up perfectly.
     
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    I think once the skylake rmbp hit the shelves with USB-c on them we will see a new cable released from Apple to take advantage of the extra pins on the pro
     
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    if anyone is interested my ipad pro it's charging at 12 watts with original ipad adapter and 16 watts with an anker power iq docking station using my iphone lightning cable http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VDVCQ84?psc=1

    pics down here
     

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    Well, measuring at the socket is probably not very accurate. The Anker charger is most likely less exficient then Apple's charger, since it has more stuff in it to handle the power IQ "magic"
     
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    well when nothing is connected to the Anker charger the Killowatt meter shows 0 watts that tells me the readings are accurate also if I use a longer cable the watts change to 13 what is expected because the longer the cable the less wattage it carries.
     
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    Then measure it with a USB power meter which is hopefully a bit more accurate.
     
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    My my, you can tell the future!
     
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    actually.. he can lol
     
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    Well I'll be damned, they actually did it...... It's REVOLUTIONARY *crowd applauses* lol.

    I guess ill be in for one although I'd rather wait to find a viable 3rd party option if and when they are available. That is certainly a lot of money for a charger and cable. I guess the question is then are there any 3rd party options that will work the same?

    I wonder if 9.3 unlocked the support for faster charging and will now work with faster chargers. If not, then that probably means that the chipset in this new cable is helping to regulate the additional flow of power.
     
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    that's my guessing that the cable is providing power to both sides of the lightning port.
     
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    I love the complaints about the new charging system. But considering there is history here showing this is how Apple operates, I really don't understand all the issues here. Can't remember which iPad it was, but it was released with the 10W charger which charged rather slowly. Then Apple released the 12W charger for faster charging any everyone lost their minds that the would have to pay to upgrade to the faster charging. It's silly, but sometimes accessories are not always ready when the device is ready. Ask most case designers for iPhone.
     

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