Explain 29 w charge?

sbb155

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my iPad came with a 12w charger. Can someone explain 29w? Is that an accessory or is it a MacBook charger. What is the time difference
 

MrEcted

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It's a MacBook charger, and you would also need to buy a USB to Lightning cable. I don't know the exact difference with charge time, but in non-technical terms I can say that it's a helluva lot faster!
 

UOThief

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And is capable of charging the iPad while under heavy use. The 12W will actually allow the battery to deplete in same scenario.
I was just going to make a thread asking if this is normal; wondering if mine takes a longer time to charge compared to others.

When it's fully charged, I can see it lasting the entire 10 hours of use that Apple claims. (I've never actually let it go below 70%.)

When when I'm using it while plugged in, it will charge maybe 1% per 45-60 minutes.

The only way I can get it 100% charged is if it's not in use.
 

Tycho24

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It's a MacBook charger, and you would also need to buy a USB to Lightning cable. I don't know the exact difference with charge time, but in non-technical terms I can say that it's a helluva lot faster!
Not to nitpick, but you mean: usb-c to lightning cable.
Obviously, his iPad came with a usb to lightning cable!

Also.... op doesn’t state which iPad he owns. It is important to note that there are only 3 iPads that support this charger- both generations of the 12.9”, and the new 10.5”.
 

seadragon

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I was just going to make a thread asking if this is normal; wondering if mine takes a longer time to charge compared to others.

When it's fully charged, I can see it lasting the entire 10 hours of use that Apple claims. (I've never actually let it go below 70%.)

When when I'm using it while plugged in, it will charge maybe 1% per 45-60 minutes.

The only way I can get it 100% charged is if it's not in use.
Yes, that is the problem with the 12 watt charger. It's just barely enough to charge the battery. The 29 watt charger has plenty of power to charge the iPad, even when in use.

Here's a great article that really shows the benefits of the 29 watt vs 12 watt:

https://www.macstories.net/ios/testing-apples-29w-usb-c-power-adapter-and-ipad-pro-fast-charging/
 
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ascender

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I still think there should be some sort of hardware FAQ thread in all the forums, one per-model of current Apple hardware detailing things like this, issues, non-issues etc.
 

kazmac

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The 12w charger is fine for my use with the iPad Pro. If you need something faster, then there is this option. Where they were a bit stingy was changing the length of the lightning cable included with the iPPs.