Questions & Answers for Apple 12W USB Power Adapter
172 Questions from the Community
Does this charger double as a power converter for traveling in Europe? (I have an adapter, but not a converter and I don't want to blow out my iPad).
- Asked by Abigail C from Cambridge
- Jan 19, 2013
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This power adapter works in Europe just fine. It's input is rated for 110V (found in the U.S.) and up to 240V (most European countries supply electricity at 220V). While the adapter is compatible with the electrical input you will still have to get a simple power plug adapter to change the U.S. style plug to European (or whatever your destination is). You can pick up a power plug adapter in most department stores and at most international airports. Once you get that plug it in on top of your 12W USB adapter and voila! You may also want to visit an Apple store in Europe they have the plug style you will need as well. Please remember to always use genuine Apple adapter.
- Answered by Peter Z from Castaic
- Nov 6, 2013
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Can I buy this Power adaptor with Type A plug (US) instead of Type G (UK) plug.
I would like to buy the Apple 12W USB Power Adapter with a type A (US) plug instead of the type G (UK) plug from the Singapore Apple Store.
Is this possible?
- Asked by Ekman C
- May 31, 2016
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Can I charge the Apple Watch with a universal adapter
- Asked by Shereen D from Jhb
- May 27, 2016
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Does it come with the whole charger? Will it work with a Type I plug from a 5W charger?
I currently have a 5W power adapter that came with my iPad mini (original). Does this 12W adapter come with the actual block (not the bit that plugs into the wall and is removable), or just the removable plug. Also could I put my Type I (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific and Argentina) on this one? I live in New Zealand, but am going to Britain for a few weeks, so need a plug for my iPad. I was originally going to ask if I would be getting just the plug (Type G) and use my existing charger, but now I'm asking, will my existing Type I plug, attach to this 12W charger?
How many amps does apple 12w usb power adapter put out
- Asked by John C from Sunnyvale
- Jun 11, 2016
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This is not a battery charger. You plug this in to an electrical out and charge your phone with it.
- Answered by Lawrence W from Cincinnati
- Apr 29, 2016
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Does my apple charger use electricity when plugged in but no in use?
I'd like to know if my charger uses electricity when plugging into the wall socket but not plugged into my iPhone, ipad or iPod? Thanks
- Asked by Luanne R
- Mar 23, 2013
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No, it does not. When first plugged in, there is a brief ½ second, one tenth Watt reading, but quickly goes to zero when nothing is attached. This is expected behavior for intelligent, energy conserving power supplies.
The resolution of my Kill-A-Watt meter is 0.01 Amp, or 0.05 Watt, so it's possible it may have a minute draw below that resolution, but that would be negligible and not considered a "vampire draw," like older technology.
- Answered by M. K from Portland
- Feb 7, 2016
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The current and the safest watt for charging the ipad is 2.4A. Which is the 12W adaptor. Be careful of those brand new 3.4A adaptors which gives a bigger watt ratings that could damage your ipad. It may charge your ipad at a much faster rate. But the capacitor that was built in the port may damage resulting in battery explosion.
- Answered by Foxtrot N from Mandaluyong
- Jun 19, 2016
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All of apple's iOS power supplies have been universal switching power supplies so there should be no reason why this one shouldn't be as well. As such, just like with the older models this should be able to take any voltage between 110-230v no problem, although obviously you do need the right kind of plug end for whatever country you want to use it in.
- Answered by Alexander M from Plymouth
- Nov 9, 2012
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So you can put international socket adaptors on it and travel with it. Or put an Apple power cable extension on it.
- Answered by Guy R from Calgary
- Dec 30, 2012
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Does this transformer draw a trickle of power when plugged in a live socket but not charging a device
I'm using an Apple USB transformer to plug into UK power. Does the transformer draw power when plugged into a normal power socket even when there is no device connected for charging? It doesn'seem to get warm like many transformers,
- Asked by David F from Broomfield
- Jun 24, 2014
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will 12w adapter work on the apple watch?
- Asked by John T V from Calabasas
- Apr 13, 2015
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I see that the 12 Watt adapter now list the Apple Watch as being compatible on the web site. So, apparently this has been tested enough that Apple feels confident in us using it. I just got my Apple Watch recently and I've been using the 12 watt adapter and it seems to charge a bit faster and thus far I've seen no issues. It certainly won't void your warranty as indicated by the previous post.
- Answered by David A. B from Pineville
- Dec 30, 2015
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can I charge a iPad Pro with an iPhone 6 charger
- Asked by Wayne C from Orlando
- May 23, 2016
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You can but it will charge very slowly. With the iPad screen on you will likely not see any the charge increase at all because the power drain of the screen is enough to counteract the power being received from the charger.
- Answered by Charles W from Charlotte
- Jun 11, 2016
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I just got an IPAD MINI 2 for Christmas and it came with a 10w charger can I use the 12w and which cable would I need
- Asked by Barbara D from Winter Park
- Dec 27, 2015
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Yes, you can use this charger. You can always use a power adapter with a higher wattage rating for *any* device.† This is because the wattage rating is the maximum number of watts the device is *capable* of outputting, not the amount it *will* output. It's the connected device which determines how much power is actually drawn.
The same isn't true for output voltage, however. You need the output voltage to match that of the device. In the case of USB chargers, you don't need to worry about this because the USB specification always uses a fixed voltage.
The cable which you need would be the same as the one that came with your iPad mini 2.
† But you should never use a power adapter with a rating less than that of the device to which it connects, even if it appears to work. Doing so may overheat the power adapter, permanently damage it, or might even lead to a fire.
- Answered by M. K from Portland
- Feb 7, 2016
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Is this the adapter needed for all the "World Travel Adapter Kit" plugs?
Purchased the World Travel Adapter Kit, but don't have the "power adapter or AirPort Express" adapter the user guide suggests to connect these. Is this the correct adapter needed for iPad mini/iphone6
- Asked by Lori H from Seaford
- Apr 20, 2015
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Will a 12 watt power adapter charge the new MacBook?
Can I charge a new MacBook (USB-C) using an Apple 10 or 12 watt power adapter and a USB A to C adapter. The USB-C uses a 29 watt adapter. Am I correct that it will charge but will be slower?
- Asked by Eric M from Accomac
- Oct 11, 2015
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What is the difference between this 12W USB Power Adapter and the 5W USB Power Adapter, i.e. speed of charging, plug, durability, compatibility?
I have a iPhone 5s and iPad Mini Gen-1 to charge.Best Answer:
An iPad requires at least 10W to charge at full speed. The 5W charger, when used with an iPad will cause it to display a "not charging" message - it will actually charge, but very slowly. Your iPhone will probably charge at the same speed with either adapter.
WRT the plug, the 5W adapter has a US-standard plug. You will need an adapter to plug it into any other country's outlets. The circuitry is universal, so you can use a simply adapter and won't need a voltage converter outside of the US.
The 12W adapter comes with a US-standard plug, but it is removable. You can attach a cord/plug (like those the laptop chargers include) or use Apple's international plugs, if you are so inclined.
WRT durability, I've never had a problem with any of Apple's chargers. But make sure you're buying an actual Apple product. There are a lot of third-party knock-offs that look similar, but are lousy quality. Given that it's often impossible to know until after you make your purchase, I would recommend only buying Apple chargers directly from Apple.
WRT compatbility, These chargers should work with any USB device. Given that a standard USB port supplies only 2.5W, you should be able to use either Apple charger with any device that can charge from a computer's port. I would recommend using the 12W adapter with anything that may require high power of if you're not sure. Fortunatley, they both cost the same price ($20 right now), so there's really no reason not to get the 12W model, unless you really want a very small device.
- Answered by David C from Purcellville
- Dec 5, 2014
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is a charger for an Ipad Mini Compatable with Ipad air?
- Asked by Zachary C from Roslindale
- Sep 16, 2015
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- Answered by Devon L from Madison
- Oct 14, 2015
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will iphone5 adapter charge ipad air
- Asked by David H from Pacifica
- Nov 13, 2013
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Yes it will, but it will take a long time to charge and your charging cube will get fairly hot. It's putting out a little under half the power that the standard iPad charger does (5W compared to 12W), hence those side effects. So YES, it will charge your iPad (slowly), but NO, it's not recommended. Personally I would only do this if you were in a jam and had no other charger available. Although in technicality, it is a generic USB charger, charging any device powered by 5V USB.
- Answered by Corey P from Oregon
- Dec 12, 2013
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how many amps is the 12watt charger fo ipad air?
- Asked by William P from Manildra
- Nov 22, 2013
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When charging an iPad Air, the ~70% efficient 12W charger supplies 2.4 amps on the USB port, draws 0.1 amps from a 230V wall socket, or 0.2 amps from a 110V wall socket.
Older iPads, and iPhones, draw less power, and thus the charger draws less current from the wall.
When not charging anything, official Apple chargers draw less than 0.2W, which is 0.002 amps from an American wall socket. Over the course of a year, this amounts to 1.8 kwh 'units' of electricity, costing less than 10¢.
- Answered by Lewis J
- Dec 6, 2013
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