Although it’s thin, the iPad is a much bigger device than the iPhone and it consumes a whole lot more power. That means you need a correspondingly larger charger if you want to recharge them in a reasonable amount of time. Here are the best iPad chargers on the market, and everything else you need to know about iPad chargers and charging!
All about iPad charging
Each iPad can receive up to 12W, equivalent to 2.4A at 5V. As long as your charger produces at least this much amperage, your iPad should charge at full speed — there’s no Quick Charge to worry about as there is with Android phones and tablets. At least, not yet!
Each iPad will charge as fast as it can until it reaches 80% capacity, then it will charge more slowly after that to not harm the battery — so if your iPad is charging slowly at 90%, this is entirely normal and nothing to be worried about!
The iPad Pro: a special case
The only exception to this is the iPad Pro 12.9, which can charge at a faster rate thanks to its USB 3.0 Lightning connector. Testing by CNET has revealed that using a 29W (equivalent to 2A at 14.5V) USB-C charger reduces charging time substantially. Charging with a USB-C to Lightning cable allowed charging times to drop from 5 hours with the 12W adapter to 2.5 hours with the 29W adapter.
That means it’s well worth having a faster power source if you’re recharging a large iPad Pro. If you don’t want to pay Apple’s exorbitant rates, this 3A mains charger will get you at least part of the way to the iPad Pro’s maximum.
Our recommended chargers
We’ll now recommend three iPad chargers capable of delivering the 2.4A required by most iPads: one mains adapter, one battery pack, and one car charger. Let’s get right into it!
1. MU Foldable UK Mains Adapter
This unique USB charger is the first to fit the bulky UK mains plug without taking up a ridiculous amount of space. This is achieved through a unique folding design, which makes so much sense when you see it that you’ll wonder why no one has ever made one of these before. The charger provides 2.4A of charge, enough to charge all but the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at full speed. Awesome! You can even pick up a version with two USB ports built in, allowing you to charge multiple devices at once.
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If you’d prefer a more traditional design at a lower price, check out the Olixar High Power Mains Charger, which will work with all iPad models. If you want to save even more, you can get a version without a Lightning cable for a few quid less.
2. Olixar High Power iPad Car Charger
This iPad car charger provides 2.4A of charging speed, ensuring that your iPad charges just as fast in your car as it does in your home. The charger has a simple but effective design, with a secondary USB port for charging another device (like an iPhone) at the same time.
There are fancier car chargers that provide more ports, have different designs and even light up in the dark, but sometimes going with the simplest option is best — don’t you agree?
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3. Mophie PowerStation 6000mAh Power Bank
This high-end portable charger is pricey, but it can recharge two devices at once and delivers a lot of power: 2.4A, perfect for the iPad. The aerospace-grade aluminium design looks incredible, and the whole thing is just a shade thicker than an iPad Air at just 8.5 millimetres. Despite its high capacity of 6000mAh, this battery is one of the most portable that you’ll find too.
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Looking for a cheaper portable charger? This Olixar PowerBoost Premium provides charging speeds that are almost as fast at 2.1A at a fraction of the price.
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