Apple iPad Pro 29W power adapter tests confirm extra-speedy charging

This week didn’t just bring us the launch of Apple’s latest iPad; it also marked the arrival of some of the newest iPad accessories. While some of those, like the new Smart Keyboard, are tailor-made for the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, others are happy to work with existing iOS hardware, including last year’s original 12.9-inch iPad Pro. One we learned about was a USB type-C to Lightning cable, which when paired with the 29W USB-C power adapter from a new MacBook, could theoretically be used to charge the iPad Pro in record time. But would this combo really deliver on all its promise? A new hands-on report suggests that yes, in fact, this is the charging solution users are going to wish the iPad Pro had since its inception.

Starting from a fully-depleted battery, the iPad Pro’s original 12W power adapter is capable of bringing the tablet up to a five-percent charge in twenty minutes.

When swapping that out for this cable-and-29W-adapter combo, those same twenty minutes are enough to give the tablet a charge that measures just under fifteen percent – a real improvement.

Further tests showed the 29W adapter capable of charging the 12.9-inch iPad Pro even while the tablet was in use and set to full brightness, while the standard 12W adapter struggled to even keep the tablet powered without losing battery charge in the process.

So is this new adapter and cable package clearly the way to go? Sure – if cost is no object. As it stands, though, the adapter will set you back about $50, with the cable tacking on at least $25 more. Is speedy charging worth that kind of cash? At least iPad Pro users have some new options to consider now.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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