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Can it hurt to charge the iPhone with the iPad power adapter? - I was asked this question the other day. And as you know from my previous blog posts, I like to experiment with chargers, power banks, charging cables and the like. However, it doesn't take a big experiment to say: No damage will be done if you charge the iPhone with the iPad charger. On the contrary, the Apple smartphone tends to charge faster. I have compiled the details for you below.
For example, the iPhone 11 from 2019 only comes with a 5-watt charger. The fast charging function of the Apple smartphone only works with a charger with 18 watts or higher. This is included with the iPhone 11 Pro (Max), for example, which can recover up to 50% of the battery in 30 minutes without an additional power supply unit. For this reason alone, you should use more powerful chargers on most iPhone models; because they can take more power!
And even if the charger goes beyond the limit of the iPhone, for example the 30 watt USB-C power adapter for the iPad Pro, that's not a problem. If you use this instead of the 18 watt USB-C power adapter, the iPhone still only consumes 18 watts; or less if it is an older model. Today's technology is smart enough to negotiate with one another what the charger delivers and what the end device can take;)
According to the technical possibilities as well as recommended by me, you can and should charge your iPhone with the iPad power supply. Ideally, that's exactly why you make sure that you can finally use the smartphone's quick charging function. In any case, it will charge faster than with the original iPhone power supply that came with it. Well, at least if you don't have a current Pro model: D
Accordingly, it is of course also possible to use a powerful power supply unit that does not come from Apple itself to charge the iOS smartphone. From my own experience, I can recommend this to you, for example AUKEY PA-D5 with 60 watts and Anker PowerPort III mini with 30 watts As well as the Anker PowerPort Atom III with 60 watts. You can use the 60W parts on the MacBook in addition to the iPhone and iPad;)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.