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How do you choose the right charger for your Apple iPad?

You prefer charging your Apple iPad with the original charger that comes with your device. Do you want to fast charge, or is your charger broken? It's time for a new one, but which one do you buy? We'll tell you which charger you need for your Apple iPad here.

Choosing an Apple iPad charger

To choose the right charger, you need to know 2 things:

  • Do you have a Lightning connector or USB-C port?
  • Which iPad model do you have?

No idea which model you have? Read the article below to find out which model Apple iPad model you have.

Power adapters

USB-C charger adapter 18-watt iPad

USB-C power adapter (18W)

If your Apple iPad has a USB-C port, use an 18-watt power adapter with a USB-C port. It's suitable for the following models:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inches (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11 inches
12-watt charger adapter iPad

USB-A power adapter (12W)

Does your Apple iPad have a Lightning connector? Use a power adapter with USB-A port of 12 or 10 watts. A 12-watt USB-A power adapter is suitable for the following models:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inches (1st & 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro (10.5 inches)
  • iPad Pro (9.7 inches)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (5th to 7th generation)
10-watt charger adapter iPad

USB-A power adapter (10W)

You can use the 12-watt USB-A power adapter for any iPad with a Lightning cable. The 10-watt power adapter is included by default with the following models:

  • iPad Air (1st and 2nd generation)
  • iPad mini (2nd to 4th generation)
  • iPad (2nd generation)

Using a different charger

It's possible to charge your Apple iPad with the charger of your iPhone or MacBook, as long as you have a cable with the correct connector. Keep in mind that your Apple iPad will charge less quickly if you use a charger with too low a wattage. Using a charger with a higher wattage won't hurt.

Fast charging

Fast charging iPad

With a fast charger, you charge your Apple iPad faster than with a regular charger. The following models have the fast charging functionality:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inches (2015 or newer)
  • iPad Pro 10.5 inches (2017)
  • iPad Pro 11 inches (2018 and 2020)
  • iPad Mini (2019)
  • iPad Air (2019)

The Apple iPad Pro 2018 and 2020 have a fast charger included by default. You have to purchase it separately for the other models. To use fast charging, you need a USB-C to Lightning cable and a power adapter of at least 18 watts.

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