Old iPads charge quicker with new 12 watt charger from Apple

Old iPads charge quicker with new 12 watt charger from Apple
Those of you who own a third-gen iPad have probably noticed that it sucks quite a lot of juice. That is why its wall charger, rated at 10 watts, will have a pretty hard time charging the tablet's battery if the device is being used while plugged in. And if that is not enough, the battery takes longer to charge back to 100% as it has a much larger capacity.

Thankfully, the new, fourth generation iPad comes with a beefier wall charger rated at 12 watts on the output. The iPad mini has one of these as well. With the inclusion of the more powerful accessory, iPad owners shouldn't be experiencing any charging issues. In fact, if they happen to own any of the previous iPads, they can get the new 12W adapter and use it with them as it is fully compatible. Moreover, it is able to charge older iPads faster, as it turns out. "We don’t have an exact percentage of how much faster it would charge but you should see an increase in speed.", Apple said to 9to5Mac.

So if you plan on sticking to your current iPad instead of getting any of the newer models, you might consider getting one. The new 12-watt power adapter is already available from the Apple store and it is priced at $19.

source: 9to5Mac, Apple

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22 Comments

1. mihaidenis

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 09, 2012

Another way to make more money. Apple is damn good when it comes to make easy money from directing people to "good way" I bet the difference is no more than 15 minutes. Winner? Again Apple.

5. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

hmm i wonder how fast this adapter will charge my phone

13. chinochinochino

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

Don't know really from a technical side but i thought the battery/device would have to allow for higher input aswell. Like the xperia p supports power charging but only with the exact combination of adapter/cable/phone... No?

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If u want to get the more powerful one that's your choice

18. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

im gonna trick my parents into getting me one :P

9. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Funny how this 12W charger is actually cheaper than the 5W charger lol

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude it's included for free and it works with the old 30 pin and lightening connector. How is that another way to make money

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah $19 is gonna break us big time. I'm gonna put up 1$ per month till I can afford mine. Oh wait it'll be included n my iPad mini box. Oops my bad.

20. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

U would buy and ipad mini, especially if Apple is one of your gods and you already have an ipad oh, u got burnt like toast!! want some butter with that?

19. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

cuz people with the ipads 3,2,and even ipad 1 will buy it, duhh!think bro, think!

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Apple surely does milk ifans dry,they'll buy this in hordes

3. chinochinochino

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

Oh my god! You're serious? I know a lot of people hate Apple for selling high priced products that don't offer alot more but get pretty good marketing but you should listen to your self from time to time. Not everything in life is a conspiracy... Maybe they just realized that the old 10W charger wasn't enough for the newer iPads (3rd & 4th Gen.) and decided to put out a 12W version. That you can buy it w/o an iPad is just a logical thing and that you can use it with older iGadgets as well. So what's the problem? Either you are happy with what you got or you spend 19$ - that's up to you. And btw ppl. talking about ifans (and isheep in that matter) shouldn't be taken serious at all - I just felt the need to make a point here.

7. spookytj

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

I think the point that andro is trying to make is that they knew the ipad3 was a battery hog, and they knew that you couldn't really charge it and use it at the same time with the 10 watt charger, so why didnt this come out with the ipad 3 bundled together? Why are we getting it now, 6 months later and you have to pay MORE for it?

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Exactly. When you buy a product you would expect to have all the contents in the box at point of sale to use it properly,not have to buy extra equipment later to actually charge it properly. Apple already knew the charger situation with the ipad 3 when they released it,but at that stage they already had the ipad 4 in advanced stages of design and development and instead chose to leave the problem exist and release a 'fix' to the problem as an new assessory to buy 6 months later. While gaining money from the sales of the new charger here apple also creates the image that it has worked hard and diligently to fix the ipad power situation

11. chinochinochino

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

Oh dear. Clearly we both don't know the truth but I find it kind of funny how agressively some people try to pull everything Apple to the evil side... Maybe it's because they are a big ass company with loads of money but don't you guys say any word about bias anymore.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah $19 is gonna break us big time. I'm gonna put up 1$ per month till I can afford mine. Oh wait it'll be included n my iPad mini box. Oops my bad.

4. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

The new charger enhances the i-peen aswell... Sorry for derailing but it's a deep social analysis!

6. atree

Posts: 25; Member since: May 20, 2011

YOu mean a 12 watt charger will charge faster then a 10 watt charger!?!?!!? that logic is invalid.

10. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

ZOMG! That is REVOLUTIONARY! and Changes everything, AGAIN!

12. chinochinochino

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

reVOLTionary ...you know, as in Watt=VoltxAmper... :-)

21. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The iPad 4 has an 11,666 mAh battery, and the charger outputs 5v @ 2,400 mA (12 W). So, it should charge the iPad in approximately 4.86 hrs from empty, plus a little time for trickle charging the last percent or so. 11666 mAh / 2400 mA = 4.86 hrs Versus the 10 W charger which took about 5.83 hrs to charge from empty, so it should charge 20% faster. 5.83 hrs / 4.86 hrs = 1.2 = 20% faster

22. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Slight error above: 1 - (4.86 / 5.83) = 0.17 = 17% faster

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