The iPad is notorious for its battery life. In fact, you can easily get 6+ of screen time on the device with ease. I rarely work 6+ hours a day on my iPad, and I never take my charger with me. But I want to discuss another thing – how long does it take to charge an iPad, so I decided to do a little test.
It takes about 3 hours to charge an iPad if you use the highest-rated, 20W charger out of the box. However, if you utilize fast charging, you’ll be able to charge some iPads that support it in under 2 hours.
In this article, we’re going to go over all the different chargers that come out of the box with an iPad and test the overall charging times for each particular model!
All iPad Charging Times Compared
Let’s compare how long it takes for our iPad to go from 0 to 100 with each of these chargers. Since our iPad Pro supports fast charging, we utilized the added speed from the 30W USB-C adapter as well.
|Charger||iPad Pro M1 (12.9”)||iPad Mini (2021)||iPad Air M1(2022)||iPad (2021)|
|10W USB Power Adapter||5 Hours||2 Hours 50 Minutes||4 Hours 10 Minutes||4 Hours 20 Minutes|
|12W USB Power Adapter||4 Hours 20 Minutes||2 Hours 30 Minutes||3 Hours 50 Minutes||3 Hours 55 Minutes|
|18W USB-C Power Adapter||3 Hours 35 Minutes||1 Hour 50 Minutes||3 Hours 10 Minutes||3 Hours 20 Minutes|
|20W USB-C Power Adapter||3 Hours||1 Hour 20 Minutes||2 Hours 40 Minutes||2 Hours 45 Minutes|
|30W USB-C Power Adapter (Fast Charging)||Under 3 Hours||N/A||Under 2 Hours||N/A|
Note: This test was performed on an iPad Pro (5th Generation) with Optimized Battery Charging turned Off under room temperature. Your mileage may vary.
If by any chance, your iPad is charging a lot slower than usual, you might have some problems, but you can resolve them: check the most common reasons why your iPad charges slowly and how to fix it.
All Apple iPad Chargers
Apple offers a multitude of different chargers with their products. Each charger has a specific wattage that affects your iPad’s charging speed.
For testing purposes, we used our top-of-the-line iPad Pro (5th Generation). Of course, your charging speed might vary from ours. However, you can use it as a benchmark for all the different models.
10W USB Power Adapter
This adapter is commonly provided with older generations of iPads. It is often confused with the 12W / 30W USB charger due to its similar design. Currently, this charger comes in the box for the following iPads:
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPad 2
12W USB Power Adapter
The 12W USB power adapter is the most commonly found charger in an iPad and spans through multiple generations from the Pro, Air, and to the Mini. However, some countries treat the 12W and 10W as one and the same and therefore, you might find these models shipped with the aforementioned 10W charger instead.
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro (10.5-inch)
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch)*
- iPad Air (3rd generation)*
- iPad mini (5th generation)*
- iPad (7th generation)*
- iPad (6th generation)*
- iPad (5th generation)*
18W USB-C Power Adapter
The 18W charger for the iPad served two purposes, it finally brought down the iPad lineup to charging times lower than 3 hours and also allowed for fast charging on iPhone 8+ models.
Besides that, the charger was the first to introduce a blocky design to the lineup too.
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch
20W USB-C Power Adapter
The 20W USB-C Power Adapter is the highest-rated charger that comes out of the box with a select few iPads. Later generations of iPhone (12+) can utilize this wattage for extremely quick charging speeds.
- iPad mini (6th generation)
- iPad (9th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad (8th generation)
- iPad Air (4th generation)
30W USB-C Power Adapter
Contrary to popular belief, the 30W USB-C Power Adapter allows your iPad to charge the fastest. So, while they don’t come out of the box in any iPad, you can purchase a charger of a similar wattage and enjoy fast charging on later generations of iPad (iPad Pro 4th Gen+).
How Long Do I Need To Charge My New iPad?
I often have heard a question – Do I need to charge my iPad before my first use? You don’t. You open the box, you turn it on, and you use it. In most cases, your iPad will be almost fully charged. When I turned my iPad Pro on, it was at 96% battery.
You charge your iPad until it’s at your desired battery level. With 20W USB-C Power Adapter, you will charge your iPad Pro on average for ~3 hours from 0 to 100%.
There’s another misconception when it comes to iPad batteries. For some reason, you have to drain your battery down to 0% before charging it for the first time. It’s not true. It’s an old myth. (It might have been true on older technology) You plug it in whenever you need it, and you charge your battery.
Do not worry about overcharging your iPad. The new technology comes with built-in protection.
There are some common tips from Apple to maximize your iPad’s battery performance:
- Update to the latest software
- Optimize settings (screen brightness, Bluetooth, WiFi)
- Enable low power mode
- View battery usage(you can get valuable insights in there about your device)
I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.