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Think outside the box for super-fast iPad Pro charging

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When it comes to charging 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you’re going to be better off thinking outside the box (it came in).

The larger, 29-watt USB-C charger is the one that should have come with the iPad Pro in the first place. It blows the 12-watt included charger out of the water so hard, you’re going to want to get one right now.

Looking at a series of tests by MacStories’ Federico Viticci, it’s abundantly clear that the higher wattage USB-C charger that’s now available in the Apple Store is far more than just more wattage. When connected to an iPad Pro, it results in faster charging than it would thanks to the Pro’s new USB controller system, also found in a 2015 MacBook.

His results are stunning: with the iPad Pro’s screen off, the 29W adapter charged his iPad to 80 percent (the point at which all iOS devices start to trickle charge) in 93 minutes. The 12W pack-in brick did the same job in 213 minutes. That’s a huge difference, but it’s not the whole story.

The holy grail of charging is being able to use your device while you use it. The 12W charger that comes with the iPad Pro charged Viticci’s unit with the screen brightness up to 100 percent in a slow as molasses 732 minutes. The 29W charger? 107 minutes. That’s a difference of over ten hours.

The higher watt charger continued to shine throughout all the testing, like 100 percent bright screen playing CPU-intensive mobile game, OceanHorn, with the 29W charging the iPad Pro up seven and a half hours faster than the 12W one, and almost seven hours faster when playing a video with the VLC app. That’s a staggering difference.

Bottom line, you should go grab the new 29W power adapter from Apple for $49 (which will also need a USB-C to Lightning cable for $35. Your iPad Pro will thank you for all the juice it gets in record time.

Source: MacStories