iPad mini iPad Mini Charger

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Duwsh, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Hey I am new here, I'll do a very small introduction for myself; I am Mike and I am getting an iPad Mini this christmas, I'm not a first time iOS user as I had an iPod Touch 2nd Generation and had a iPhone 3GS last year for a few months.

    Anyway onto my question, after doing some research I found people thought that the 5w charger that comes with the iPad Mini just isn't delivering the juice fast enough and I was wondering if a 10w charger would do it any better, would the Mini be compatible with it? Thanks. :apple:
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    Contrary to popular belief. An ipad mini will still use 5W even on the 10W charger.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Thank you for the reply, I will not be buying a new one then haha!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I have both an iPad 3 and an iPad mini. I find that when I use the charger from the iPad 3 to charge the mini it charges up almost twice as fast. I asked at the Apple Store if this would harm the mini in anyway and they said that it wouldn't. So far I have not had any issues with it. I also use the iPad 3 charger at times to charge my iPhone 5.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2012
  6. macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I have both the iPad Mini and an iPhone 5 along with an iPad 3. I have noticed that there IS a difference, yes, with using the 10W charger that came with the iPad 3 when charging my iPad Mini. I haven't even taken the 5W charger that came with the Mini out of the box, as I don't need it. In fact, now I am actually using the new 12W charger with both the iPad 3 (which tends to charge slowly on the 10W charger) and the iPad Mini. Both do just fine on it. I haven't tried the iPhone on it but presumably it would work well, too.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    I find if I charge my iPhone with my iPad charger, not only does it charge faster but it also discharges faster. Probably in my head
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    116th & Broadway
    The device controls the charge rate, not the charger. That being said...

    The iPad Mini probably charges significantly faster with the iPad's 10W or 12W charger. I know my iPhone 4S's charge time was cut by at least 30 minutes when using the 10W charger.

    My Galaxy Nexus charges seven times faster on a 2.1A wall charger compared to an iPhone charger.
  9. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
  10. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Excuse me?
  11. macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    It may charge faster, but if you plan on just charging it overnight than don't bother - saving 30 min won't make a difference in that scenario. Regardless, using the 10W or new 12W AC adapter will not harm your iPad mini (or iPhone for that matter).
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    i think he thinks youre not buying an ipad at all because of the charger.
  13. Shadowbech, Dec 9, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012

    macrumors 68020


    Oct 18, 2011
    Central U.S.
    Using the 12 W or the 10 W to charge your iphone doesn't charge your phone faster. It will still draw 5W only regardless. InsanelyGreatMac did a review and showed that even when he plugs in the iphone 5 to the 12 W, it only draws 5 W.


    I have yet to find out how much the iPad Mini draws with the 12 W. Thus I tried asking this guy but didn't get any replies so I'm still awaiting. Currently I'm using the 5W that it came with to charge my ipad and I usually charge it overnight when I'm sleeping and typically it's fully charged in the morning. So really I can live with a 5 W to charge my ipad mini.
  14. macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2011
  15. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I am getting the Mini, I am not getting the charger.
  16. macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2012
    Is this the right thread to add a related question to? If not please redirect!

    Here goes: The missus is getting an iPad mini soon, to add to a household full of standard apple USB charger cables. We even keep these cables in the cars as they only cost £1 each in the UK. We have lots of legacy Apple items using these.

    With the arrival of the iPad mini, what is the best way to leverage all the existing cables - can they all be used with a CHEAP old Apple cable > new Apple socket adapter (as I'll want at least 3)?

    Or are the cheap USB charger cables coming onto Ebay safe/reliable at least for charging the new type connector iThings?

    We are not keen on buying a load of £25 (USD $40) cables/charges for 'convenience' and 'just in case' locations.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    Given the lightning to 30-pin adapters are US$29, and a USB to lightning is US$19, I'd be inclined not to waste money on the adapters. Eventually, all your iDevices will be lightning, and I doubt you'd want a lot of cable/adapter combos around for years.

    I intend to live with less "convenience" cables for a while until they multiply again as they do.


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