how to test if a 29w charger fast charges

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Evan becker, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Evan becker macrumors member

    May 26, 2017
    hey guys I got a 29w charger and USB-C to lightning cable off of ebay and they both say OEM but is there a way to test if it is actually fast charging? Or is there anything on the adapter I can look at to make sure it’s fast charging
  2. sdz macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2014
    it gets warmer than with the normal one.
  3. KrisLord macrumors 65816

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    10.5 iPad gains about 1% per minute when fast charging and 0.5% when charging at normal rate. The battery needs to be less than 50% to test this.
  4. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2009
    The hardest part seems to find alternative high amp charge cables from usbc to lightning
  5. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

    Peter K.

    Nov 6, 2012
    SoCal / Philly
    Although I chose to reply directly to your message, I don't mean to single you out personally. However, why are so many people intent on finding alternatives to the Apple branded USB-C to Lightning cables? I realize they are expensive, but is it really worth the risk?

    EDIT: ...and the "charger(s)" too...why risk it?

    EDIT2 (to contribute to the topic): I have not yet read about any third-party cables successfully fast charging an iPP.
  6. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2009
    I would agree with you in general (use included/recommended accessories by manufacturer) but in this case specifically there are too many reasons:
    1) Apple does not include a proper fast charger in the IPP box
    2) Apple fast charger requires an additional purchase, USBC cable, also not included
    3) iPad Pro takes a lot of time to recharge using included accessories
    4) Because of the portability nature of an iPad, you need extra chargers for home/office/travel
    5) Some iPad owners also have MacBooks so they want to use dual/triple output chargers on the go to charge their devices (phone, tablet, laptop) out of a single socket/charger
    6) There are interesting alternative charging methods with USBC (batteries, extremely light / travel chargers, car chargers, multiple outlet / hubs)
    7) Apple's current solution is both expensive and cumbersome (not light, single output), far from ideal for a travel companion

    Apple is also know for creating an accessory industry around its products, that's why there are so many alternative headphones, cables, speakers, cases with MFI official certification.

    No one here is talking about cheap knockoffs but rather good quality alternatives that would attend to other needs as well as not so deep pockets.

    PS thanks for saying it was not personal, I understand your point and it's a valid concern that is why I took the time to respond
  7. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

    Peter K.

    Nov 6, 2012
    SoCal / Philly
    Great points!

    Obviously, I agree with the first half or so, as I have the Apple 29W adapter and 2m cable to go with my first generation 12.9" iPP.

    I hadn't thought of 5 - 7, but they make a lot of sense too. We can all learn a lot from each other if we can eliminate personal attacks.

  8. Kelson13 macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2017
    Dallas, TX
    I'll add that Apple's cables tend to tear way too easily on the cable-side of the connectors. It happens frequently and for a cable that is way too pricey to need to be replaced that often. Thus the desire for braided and well-made 3rd party cables.

    I just wish someone would hurry up and come out with one that supports fast charging already. ;)
  9. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2009
    Monoprice seems to be selling 100 watt rated cables. Has anyone tried them ?

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