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ccf

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Would using the 10w iPad brick charge my 6S faster? I heard the 6S & 7 can take advantage of the extra amps. Is that true?

If so, why doesn't Apple include the 10w brick with their newer phones? Any downside to using the iPad brick (like shortening battery life)?
 

JPack

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It's a cost issue. The 5W adapter is cheaper to include.

Everywhere in the world, the 12W adapter is included in the box with the iPhone 6/7. Only in US/Canada, where the phone is the cheapest, the 5W is included.
 

fartnugget213

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I use an anker 18w brick, it's faster than the included 5w but I still get slower charge times than those who use an ipad brick.

With my 6s, I would charge from 1% to ~94% in 1hr 30 mins, to top off would take me closer to 2 hours. Other people with the ipad bricks would report a full charge in 1hr 30 mins.

With the 7+, I know tests with the 5w brick take over 3 hours, but with the anker brick it takes me about 2hr 20min.
 

Deifie

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It's a cost issue. The 5W adapter is cheaper to include.

Everywhere in the world, the 12W adapter is included in the box with the iPhone 6/7. Only in US/Canada, where the phone is the cheapest, the 5W is included.
Thats not correct, in europe there is also "only" the 5W adaptor included.
The 10/12 W adaptor wouldn´t fit into the default package...
 

Mlrollin91

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It's a cost issue. The 5W adapter is cheaper to include.

Everywhere in the world, the 12W adapter is included in the box with the iPhone 6/7. Only in US/Canada, where the phone is the cheapest, the 5W is included.
I'm fairly certain that its 5W for all countries around the world. I have never once heard of it coming with 10/12W in other countries. The same argument of cost would be made for all countries, not just a select few.
 

throAU

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So they need to have different packages as the 10/12 W chrager is much larger than the 5w model.
Can you please provide a picture of the different packages?
i wouldn't say much larger. i have about 7 i device chargers and the iphone and ipad chargers are difficult to tell apart. i need to look at the rating to do so.

at least the aussie ones
 

BigMcGuire

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Would using the 10w iPad brick charge my 6S faster? I heard the 6S & 7 can take advantage of the extra amps. Is that true?

If so, why doesn't Apple include the 10w brick with their newer phones? Any downside to using the iPad brick (like shortening battery life)?
It is a bit more stressful to charge with a higher wattage but having charged my 6+ 250 cycles with a 2.4a+ charger and 1.8 months its battery health was good.

But technically, charging slower is easier on the battery. Will you see a difference over a 2 year lifespan? Maybe maybe not, but if so it's tiny.

If you charge overnight, just use the 5w. If you need to charge fast, use an Anker or 12w iPad charger.

I think Apple includes the 5w charger for cost reduction and so that it fits in its packaging.
 

Deifie

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i wouldn't say much larger. i have about 7 i device chargers and the iphone and ipad chargers are difficult to tell apart. i need to look at the rating to do so.

at least the aussie ones
Oh ok, i thought the 5W vs 12W chargers look like the ones in the picture.
Can you please take a picture of your different chargers?
 

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canuckRus

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It is a bit more stressful to charge with a higher wattage but having charged my 6+ 250 cycles with a 2.4a+ charger and 1.8 months its battery health was good.

If I may ask. What app did you use to determine the number of cycles used so far on your 6+?
 

jr866gooner

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So if I were to use my iPad charger instead of my week week old iPhone charger it wouldn't harm my phone at all? I'm surprised apple don't supply the larger charger nowadays?
 

Gav2k

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So if I were to use my iPad charger instead of my week week old iPhone charger it wouldn't harm my phone at all? I'm surprised apple don't supply the larger charger nowadays?
No harm will be caused. If you were to actually analyse the charge phase it dosnt actually sit on fast charge for long. So the battery isn’t hit hard.

Why don’t Apple supply the larger charger? Cost it’s as simple as that.

It’s not just the cost difference of the charger it’s also packaging shipping etc etc. Might only be 5-10 cents per device but overall that’s millions of dollars
 
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Playamonte

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My Air2 came with a 10w charger I use this to also charge my iPhone 5 without any issues to date (touches wood)
The iPhone was a gift from my son who bought it new a good few years back & amazingly still gets updated (yes I know that will end soon) but our other phone the Moto G has never had an update since the day we bought the thing.
Having said that it spends most of its life updating all the loaded tat on it via Google-Mum but has never updated the phone itself.
 
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537635

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Sometimes when traveling, I use the 85W MacbookPro charger for the iPhone charging. Been doing it since I got the new Pro. No problems.
 

throAU

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Oh ok, i thought the 5W vs 12W chargers look like the ones in the picture.
Can you please take a picture of your different chargers?
Am at work, will maybe get a photo of them all when i get back home, but essentially the iPod, 5 watt and 12 watt chargers in Australia all look identical (prior to the iphone 7) - same as the one on the right in your picture (save for the australian adapter on the brick).

The iphone 6s or 7 is the first phone to use a charger that looks like the one on the left of your photo.

And as a result, given i have had 2 ipods, 5 iphones, and 3 iPads, it can be quite confusing when i pick one up. Even my 29 watt charger looks similar to the others, but i know this one is higher power at a glance because its the only one i have with USB-C on it.
 
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