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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  1. hey my adaptor is broken since i bought this ipad 3 days ago, so unlucky. so i use my aukey charger 12 watt PA-U32, is it safe to use that for a long time? the charging time is quiet no differences between this aukey and the original 10 watt apple adaptor

  2. 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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