3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 17, 2014 4:12 PM by dinhr
Loulis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

What's the difference between ipad mini 5w power adaptor and ipad mini retina 12w power adaptor?

1) May I use 5w power adaptor on ipad mini retina?

2) May I use 12w power adaptor on non retina ipad mini?

I have both ipad mini (non retina and retina) and both adaptors, and I don't want to make any damage and optimize the charge.

Thanks


iPad mini (Retina) Wi-Fi, Cellular
  • 1. Re: Ipad mini power adaptor: 5w and 12w
    JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (23,635 points)

    The difference is in the maximum power output (watts) of the two chargers.

     

    You can use the 5W and 12W chargers with either the iPad Mimi or the iPad Mini Retina.

  • 2. Re: Ipad mini power adaptor: 5w and 12w
    SergZak Level 4 Level 4 (3,375 points)

    Loulis wrote:

     

    What's the difference between ipad mini 5w power adaptor and ipad mini retina 12w power adaptor?

    1) May I use 5w power adaptor on ipad mini retina?

    Yes but charging will be much slower. My mini Retina came with the 10w power adapter (NOT the 12w) which is no longer listed on Apple's website as an accessory (only the 5w and 12w are now shown). I believe Apple may likely switch over exclusively to the 12w to be included with the mini Retina maybe when the 10w adapters are depleted as it seems a bit silly to have both a 10w and 12w power adapter.

     

    2) May I use 12w power adaptor on non retina ipad mini?

    Yes. Using a higher wattage power adapter is completely safe for lower wattage devices like the iPhone. My iPad mini (non Retina) came with the 5w power adapter but I regularly use the both my 10w & 12w to charge. Charging time will be reduced when charging lower wattage devices.

     

    In my experience, the included adapters for devices are:

     

    iPhone (all): 5w

    iPad 2nd gen: 10w

    iPad 3rd gen: 10w

    iPad 4th gen: 12w

    iPad mini: 5w

    iPad mini Retina: 10w

  • 3. Re: Ipad mini power adaptor: 5w and 12w
    dinhr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just posted a question about just this issue. It all seems confusing to me but as long as the different wattage won't hurt my devices I guess it doesn't matter. I have noticed my iPad mini w/retina gets very, very warm using the 12W, (it came with a 10W).