How to fast charge iPad Mini 5

By April 28, 2019

Apple silently released the 5th generation of iPad mini earlier this month, it’s equipped with the powerful A12 Bionic chip, a 7.9-inch retina display with true tone. Moreover, you can use Apple pencil on it, it seems that it has integrated the new iPad features as many as possible. However, as a charging enthusiast, I care more about its charging specs. With the 10/12W ( US/EU standard) charging bricks coming with the new mini’s, does this mean the iPad mini 5 doesn’t support fast charging?

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The battery capacity of iPad mini 5 is 19.1 Wh, and the charging port remains the lightning style, it didn’t follow the trend of the iPad Pro to use the more extendable USB-C standard. It seems that iPad mini 5 doesn’t get updated with the PD fast charging technology, is that true? The most intuitive way is applying a PD charger and see what the charging test result would be. Several iPad mini 5 users wrote on Macrumors that they had tried to use the Apple 30W adapter to charge the new device and it’s totally compatible. With a 30W charger, it gets 66% charged in 1 hours while with the genuine 10W charger it only gets 42% in the same amount of charging time.

Therefore, iPad mini 5 does support fast charging, what if you use a charger with even higher power input? According to the test result from a Chinese peer on Charger Blog, when you use an Apple 61W PD adapter, iPad mini 5 gets 36% charged from fully flat in 30 minutes, and gets 67% juice in 1 hours, fully charged in 2.5 hours. The biggest power input is limited under 20W,  so no matter you use a 30W or 61W PD adapter, the charging time would not be affected, but it’s definitely shorter than the time you spend with a genuine 10W/12W adapter.

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How to fast charge iPad mini 5?

The best way is to use a 30W PD power adapter to charge iPad mini 5. If you live in an Apple eco-system with a MacBook / Pro, you can directly apply the corresponding 30W/61W/87W charger, if not, a trustworthy third-party 30W PD wall charger is a good alternative, don’t forget to get a reliable lightning to USB-C cable in the meantime. 

Best 30W PD USB-C charger and cable for iPad mini 5:

1. Anker PowerPort Atom PD wall charger $34.99 with deal $25.49 for now

  • Small Yet Mighty – The laptop charger that’s the size of a phone charger. A 30W output delivers high-speed charging to Apple phones, tablets, laptops, and all USB-C devices.
  • High-Speed – 2. 5× faster than the charger that comes with your iPhone. Charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes.
  • Ultra-Compact – 40% smaller than an out-of-the-box MacBook charger; about the size of a golf ball. Takes up minimal space in any pack or pocket.
  • Powered by GaN – By swapping out silicon for gallium nitride (GaN), we’ve created a higher efficiency charger that generates less heat, allowing our charging technology to be shrunk smaller than ever.

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2.Apple Lightning to USB-C Cable (1 m) $18.95 currently

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Comments (5)

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  1. Hi,
    Sticking to the official definitions. Are there any difference between using:
    18W USB-PD vs. 12W (2.4 A)?

    I cannot find this being answered in your post.

    • The charging is faster with the 18W PD charger since the input power is higher.

      • So you confirm: the 2019 iPad Mini supports USB-PD? Note even older iOS units can charge from the backwards compatible USB-PD. But only real measurements would confirm fast charging is supported.
        Higher Watt value indicates nothing.

        You are aware there are 18W none USB-PD. And 18W USB-PD?

        On iPhone 8 upwards USB-PD ensures minimum 50% is reached in 30 min, thus fast charging.

      • Sorry, long and confusing text. In short:

        Are there any difference on charging times on iPad Mini (2019) with:

        1.)
        18W USB-C charger with USB-PD.

        2.)
        18W USB-C laddare without USB-PD

        Meaning, can iPad mini (2019) fully utilize USB-PD interface or only the increased output of 18W.

        • Hi Bond, according to the charging speed curve by utilizing USB-PD charger (18W or other upwards charger), the fast charging is apparently activated, but the battery capacity of iPad Mini 5 is 19.1Wh which is much higher than iPhone 8 so it can’t reach 50% in 30min even with PD fast charging. In conclusion, I suppose iPad Mini 5 supports PD fast charging, but it’s not as efficient as iPad Pro (the charging power can reach 30W+), the input power of iPad Mini 5 is kind of limited within 20W.

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