Recommendations to fast-charge iPhone or iPad often include picking up the $20 18W power adapter from Apple or similar from a third party. But what if you already have a higher-powered USB-C charger for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? Follow along for which iPhones and iPads you can fast charge with Apple’s MacBook chargers.
While Apple ships an 18W USB-C power adapter with the iPhone 11 Pro models, the lower-powered 5W brick (not fast-charging compatible) comes with the iPhone 11, iPhone SE, and earlier models. And notably, the iPhone 12 lineup may not come with a power adapter in the box.
Fast charging offers around 50% battery in 30 minutes. But picking up a new USB-C to Lightning cable and 18W charging block from Apple costs $40 if you need both. Of course, third-party options cost less. But what about using something you already have?
The good news is that most recent iPhones and iPads work with all of the Mac notebook USB-C chargers, even the 96W model that comes with the 16-inch MacBook Pro. While it may sound risky at first, it’s safe to use any of Apple’s USB-C chargers, as your iPhone or iPad is what determines the power it receives, not the charger. Apple even does its own testing with the whole range of its USB-C power adapters.
Note: depending on the current capacity of your battery, your device will pull different levels of power. For example, a battery at 10% will draw more power than one at 80%.
Fast-charge iPhone and iPad with MacBook chargers?
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and later
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation and later)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
If you are looking for a more flexible USB-C charger or want to pick up an extra one, RAVPower makes a great dual-port 90W GaN model (reviewed) that’s more compact than Apple’s chargers. Another nice alternative is Anker’s 36W dual-port USB-C charger. Both allow you to fast charge two iPhones or iPads simultaneously.
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