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iPad Mini Ships with Same 5-Watt Power Adapter Bundled with iPhones

Since the announcement of the iPad mini last week, there has been some discussion about whether Apple would include the smaller 5-watt power adapter typically bundled with iPhone models or the larger 12-watt adapter intended for the latest full-size iPad models.

One report from just after Apple's media event indicated that Apple would be shipping the larger 12-watt adapter with the iPad mini, but iPhoneinCanada.ca noticed soon after that the Apple Store iOS app was showing a photo of the smaller 5-watt adapter as part of the iPad mini package contents.

One MacRumors reader was able to purchase an iPad mini from his local Walmart yesterday and confirmed that it does indeed ship with the smaller 5-watt adapter.


Portion of 5-watt power adapter visible in lower right corner

The 12-watt charger (or its 10-watt predecessor) could charge the iPad mini more quickly than the 5-watt adapter, provided that the iPad mini itself would allow more than 5 watts to be drawn from the charger. Any of the adapters can be used with any iOS device, but both the adapter and the devices themselves specify how much power can be drawn. For example, an iPhone will only draw 5 watts regardless of which adapter it is plugged into, while an iPad will draw the full wattage on any of the adapters, with the lower-wattage adapters obviously charging the device more slowly than higher-wattage ones.

With the iPad mini's battery having three times the capacity of the iPhone 5's battery, charging the iPad mini through the included 5-watt power adapter would take considerably longer than charging an iPhone. If, however, the iPad mini is capable of drawing higher wattage, users may prefer to charge the device through a larger 10-watt or 12-watt adapter intended for the full-size iPad.

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24 months ago
The iPad Mini 2: New, improved charging technology that charges your iPad Mini at over three times the previous rate. Revolutionary.
Rating: 20 Votes
24 months ago
Gee, if the iPad mini is indeed capable of charging at 10-12W but they only included a 5W anyway... way to nickel and dime every bit of that $329..
Rating: 20 Votes
24 months ago

I always thought that an iPhone charges faster when plugged into an iPad charger. This makes much more sense though, it was probably all in my head.


My 10w charger definitely charges the iPhone faster.
Rating: 14 Votes
24 months ago
That's it. That's the deal braker for me. I was going to buy 2, now I won't.

Sent from my Apple TV Mini
Rating: 12 Votes
24 months ago
"For example, an iPhone will only draw 5 watts regardless of which adapter it is plugged into ..."

Wait, what? Then why does my iPhone 4S charge so much faster when plugged into my iPad charger?
Rating: 10 Votes
24 months ago

That's it. That's the deal braker for me. I was going to buy 2, now I won't.

Sent from my Apple TV Mini


Damn straight!

I would have paid $499 if they came with a 12W - but not now. I have buying power for all the schools in the entire western hemisphere, and Apple just lost my business!

Sent from my White Apple TV
Rating: 9 Votes
24 months ago
It's an iPod Touch battery...just 3x bigger. The iPad Touch battery max wattage is 5W. So it's not a shock that the max wattage is 5W.

If you think that the max wattage is 10W (or 12W) and that Apple would ship a 5W charger to save money - you clearly don't follow Apple closely.
Rating: 9 Votes
24 months ago
I always charge over night anyway
Rating: 8 Votes
24 months ago
I charge my **** in whatever plug I have available. Never had issues.

iPhone 5 is the same way. If the USB plug fits in it then its charging in it.

Rating: 6 Votes
24 months ago

way to nickel and dime every bit of that $329..


I wouldn't be surprised if the real reason is actually an aesthetic one. The iPad Mini box is a lot smaller that the full-size iPad box. Maybe the bigger adapter wouldn't have looked right in the smaller box.
Rating: 6 Votes

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