iPad mini Using A 29W USB-C Power Adapter

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  1. iPadCary macrumors 6502a

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    If I used a 29W USB-C power adapter & used a USB-C/To/USB adapter with it,
    would that work to juice my iPad Mini 4 or would I burn it,
    and my house down along with it, in the process? Thanks!
     
  2. Zorba macrumors regular

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    It will charge only at the max rate the iPad can take, so no it will not burn.
     
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Yep, what Zorba said. The only times you need to worry about a charger is when it's not powerful enough -- for instance, using a 40W charger for a 15" MacBook Pro (which is 85W). Drawing too much power from something is very dangerous.

    Conversely, you can easily use an 85W charger with a MacBook Air -- it'll only draw as much juice as it needs. Same applies for all electronics, really, and the same for your iPad.
     
  4. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're using a properly designed charger (genuine Apple, e.g.), there's nothing dangerous about using an underpowered charger. The charger won't exceed safe current and heat levels. It will just be slow.

    A fly-by-night charger from a garage in the low-rent district of some far Eastern city, on the other hand, might experience thermal stress from overloading. This is a Bad Thing.
     
  5. iPadCary thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is "the max rate an iPad can take" 29W, or will it not charge any faster than using my 12W charger?
    Thank you!
     
  6. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    It won't be faster than 12
     
  7. iPadCary thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, OK. That's all I wanted to know: whether or not to
    make the expenditure for a 29W charger. plus the USB-C/Lightning adapter.
    Thank you, my friend!
     
  8. rkuo macrumors 6502a

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    There are signs that the iPad Pro will be able to utilize the 29W charger once a USB-C to lightning cable is officially available. But nobody has any concrete details on that yet.
     

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