Apple's Quick Charging Combination


It is no secret that iPads have huge batteries. For most, if you are looking to achieve a full charge, without watching the proverbial "paint dry,” your best bet is to sleep on it.

This is especially true with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Featuring a 10307 mAh (38.8 Wh) battery, the iPad Pro's power source is 40-percent more powerful than the recently replaced iPad Air 2. Being that iPad Pro ships with a 12W power adapter, and the battery has dropped to 20-percent, this adapter will charge it to 100-percent in about 5 hours. As I said, you are going to want to sleep on this.

Nevertheless, this is not the end of the story. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a semi-secret feature that is, to date, exclusive to this particular Apple tablet: quick charging.

By pairing the iPad Pro with Apple's 29W power adapter and USB-C to Lightning cable, one can charge this device from zero to 80 percent in about 93 minutes. Very fast!

If you are like me, there is a good chance you suffer from "battery anxiety." As a result, I have a tendency to recharge my iPad Pro when the battery falls into the 60's rather than the 20's. To illustrate this process, I conducted a 20-minute power-up showdown of sorts.

The goal of this test was to take the battery from 67-percent to 80-percent, using each power source available to me. I capped the showdown at 80, because all Apple devices enter a trickle charging phase at this point in order to preserve life/capacity over time.

Each solution matched up after providing 20 minutes of electricity as follows:

• 29-watt Apple USB-C Power Adapter + USB-C to Lightning
13% in 20 minutes (67% - 80%)

• 12-watt MOXYO USB Wall Charger + MOXYO USB to Lightning
5% in 20 minutes (67% - 72%)

• 5-watt MacBook Air USB port + Lander Neve USB to Lightning
4% in 20 minutes (67% - 71%)

• 2.5-watt Apple Thunderbolt Display USB Port + Apple USB to Lightning
3% in 20 minutes (67% - 70%)

If you have embraced Apple's message that the iPad Pro is a "Super. Computer." then you might want to consider upgrading its charging capabilities. Just keep in mind, however, it is going to cost a hefty $75 dollars on top of an already expensive device.

About the Author
Michael Bingham is the public relations manager for BodyGuardz®, a leading provider of Apple and Samsung mobile protection accessories, such as glass screen protectors, cases, and clear skins. Living with his family at the base of Utah's Wasatch mountain range, Michael is an avid skier and lover of all things tech. He can be reached via email at: mbingham@bodyguardz.com