Apple Cable USB C 1m vs 2m

stephg

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I ordered a 2m cable for my new iPad Pro because the 1m that comes with it is very inconvenient for charging. I was surprised that the 2m is so much thicker than the 1m, especially since they are the same price. I would rather have an even longer cable, but I want to stick with Apple and they don’t offer one. Does it slow down charging a lot to have a longer cable?
 

satinsilverem2

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I ordered a 2m cable for my new iPad Pro because the 1m that comes with it is very inconvenient for charging. I was surprised that the 2m is so much thicker than the 1m, especially since they are the same price. I would rather have an even longer cable, but I want to stick with Apple and they don’t offer one. Does it slow down charging a lot to have a longer cable?
No if you are using OEM cables then it won't slow down. even if you weren't 18 watts isn't much to push though a cable and the charger should be able to boost the voltage a little if it becomes a problem.
 

stephg

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No if you are using OEM cables then it won't slow down. even if you weren't 18 watts isn't much to push though a cable and the charger should be able to boost the voltage a little if it becomes a problem.
Thanks! Seems like you are knowledgeable in this area, so can you tell me if this cable would work okay with a reasonable charging speed? I appreciate your help!

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=27907
 

satinsilverem2

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Thanks! Seems like you are knowledgeable in this area, so can you tell me if this cable would work okay with a reasonable charging speed? I appreciate your help!

https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=27907
that cable will work fine for your application. Monoprice makes decent products and I have used them in the past. My go to brand for 3rd party cables is Anker though and I can't recommend their products enough.
 
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stephg

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that cable will work fine for your application. Monoprice makes decent products and I have used them in the past. My go to brand for 3rd party cables is Anker though and I can't recommend their products enough.
Thanks so much!
 

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that cable will work fine for your application. Monoprice makes decent products and I have used them in the past. My go to brand for 3rd party cables is Anker though and I can't recommend their products enough.
Thanks for the Anker recommendation. I need to order a longer cable, and found this useful gadget manufactured by them as well. Very convenient as it allows me to charge iPhone X Max and iPad Pro via same charger:
https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Anker-Premium-Desktop-Delivery/dp/B072K5ZJXF
 
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MartyCan

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I ordered a 2m cable for my new iPad Pro because the 1m that comes with it is very inconvenient for charging. I was surprised that the 2m is so much thicker than the 1m, especially since they are the same price. I would rather have an even longer cable, but I want to stick with Apple and they don’t offer one. Does it slow down charging a lot to have a longer cable?
Same was true of the cables for the V1 IPP. The 2m was quite a bit better built. More robust. Not less conductive.

Just wondering why you think a longer cable would increase charging time? Electrons move at the speed of light and if you can detect a time difference for an extra meter that would be seriously impressive.
 

satinsilverem2

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Same was true of the cables for the V1 IPP. The 2m was quite a bit better built. More robust. Not less conductive.

Just wondering why you think a longer cable would increase charging time? Electrons move at the speed of light and if you can detect a time difference for an extra meter that would be seriously impressive.
in some cheaper cables with smaller gauge wire it creates more resistance in the cable and reduces the amount of available power to the device. in short smaller guage wires are inefficient.
 

Treebark

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If you want to stick to Apple products you could use:

30W USB-C Power Adapter

https://store.apple.com/xc/product/MR2A2LL/A

And the extension cable:

Power Adapter Extension Cable

https://store.apple.com/xc/product/MK122LL/A

Combined with the 2 meter cable you already have you’ll have a long cable solution. Pricier, but some people like to stick with Apple stuff. Which isn’t a bad practice, as some poorly made cheap chargers out there may not have the best circuit protection built in. Reliable brands like Anker, maybe RawPower, AmazonBasics, etc. should be OK though.

Just FYI, longer cables are mostly for charging....for fast data transfer you’d want to stick with USB 3.1 spec and a 1m cable length.
 

MartyCan

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in some cheaper cables with smaller gauge wire it creates more resistance in the cable and reduces the amount of available power to the device. in short smaller guage wires are inefficient.
Do you honestly think you can actually measure a difference in charging time that is in anyway meaningful?
 

stephg

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Same was true of the cables for the V1 IPP. The 2m was quite a bit better built. More robust. Not less conductive.

Just wondering why you think a longer cable would increase charging time? Electrons move at the speed of light and if you can detect a time difference for an extra meter that would be seriously impressive.
It was mentioned in another thread I read. That’s why I was asking. It seemed odd to me. FWIW, the iPad charges pretty fast with the 2m cable. I don’t really need data transfer, just charging.