charging an iPad with the 29W MacBook charger?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by camner, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. camner macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    I just bought a 12" MacBook for travel the machine! It comes with a 29W compact wall charger.

    It occurred to me that for travel convenience, it would be great if I could use the 29W MacBook charger to charge my iPad (and/or iPhone). BUT, that would require a USB-C to Lightning charging cable, which I can't seem to find.

    So, aside from the lack of a cable, is there any reason why one can't or shouldn't use the 29W MacBook charger with an iPad? If it's OK, can someone point me in the direction of an appropriate cable?

  2. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    It's MORE than ok. It's actually preferred since it fast charges the iPad Pro twice as fast. If you have non iPad Pro I don't think it's any different, but either way it won't damage the battery or anything. You'll be fine. And just search USB c to lightning cable. Apple sells them but you'll find cheaper on amazon

    USB-C to Lightning Cable (1 m)
  3. SBA macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2008
    It should work with the Apple USB-C to Lightning cable according to everything I've heard. I've also read it's best to avoid third party cables, which is somewhat unfortunate since they are typically cheaper than the official Apple ones.
  4. camner thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    What would actually be best would be a USB-C to Lightning ADAPTER rather than cable, given how thick and bulky the USB-C charging cables are. Then one could carry the 29W charger, the USB-C to USB-C MacBook charging cable, and the hypothetical USB-C to Lightning adapter when traveling.

    Alas, I don't think such a USB-C to Lightning adapter exists, at least not that I could find.
  5. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    I haven't seen any adapters that are MFi certified. I wouldn't use any of the 3rd party adapters that I've seen so far. If someone has a link to a certified adapter, I'll get it and test.
  6. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    I spent a lot of money on my devices. I would not risk the possibility of a cheap Chinese $2 cable possibly breaking my devices. They have a 1 meter and 2 meter cable to choose from, and they aren't that expensive. Best Buy sells them as well.
  7. camner thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    Thanks. Seems like a useful device...not sure why anyone hasn't made it yet.

    I'm not concerned about the cost of the cable; it just seems silly to have to carry two 1m cables, one USB-C to USB-C for the MacBook and another one, a USB-C to Lightning, for an iPad. But it seems that at this point that is what needs to be done.

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