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  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly Support Fast Charging With iPad 2.1 Amp Charger


    Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may ship with the same 1-Amp power adapter as many of Apple's previous generation iPhones have, however, many of you will be very happy to hear that the devices reportedly support faster charging by way of the 2.1-Amp power adapter that is bundled with iPads and iPad Minis.

    The iPad and iPad Mini power adapter is shaped much like the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air's power adapter, although much smaller, with foldable pins, as shown above.

    Below, you can see the details on the side of the iPad/iPad Mini 2.1-Amp power adapter, showing the specs of the adapter:



    Being that the iPhone 6 Plus has a monstrous battery rated at 2915 mAh, and the iPhone 6 also has a reasonably large 1810 mAh battery, the faster charging that can be achieved with the 2.1-Amp power adapter may be preferred over that of the included dinky 1-Amp power adapter. Best of all, the devices won't be damaged by using the larger adapter.

    Because the 2.1-Amp power adapters are not included with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you can use one that you have laying around from one of your iPad or iPad Mini units, otherwise, you can buy one separately from Apple's Web site (or from multiple retail stores) for $19.00.

    iLounge, who were the first to find out about the support for 2.1-Amp power adapters in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, also note that newer Macs running OS X Yosemite will also be able to transfer an additional 1600 mA of power via USB connections to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning connecting to an up-to-date Mac will also charge the devices at faster rates than older Macs are capable of.

    Sources: iLounge via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly Support Fast Charging With iPad 2.1 Amp Charger started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Hmmm... And in a few weeks there will be reports about people's phone being burnt up... Lol we don't know the long term damage this might do to your battery. Short gain, long loss..
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -


      ...is compatible per Apple.
    1. mik3y08's Avatar
      mik3y08 -
      The iPad mini does not come with that larger adapter. At least mine didn't.
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      Mini retina did if my memory serves me correctly...been using it with my iPhone 6 since last night and it charges a lot faster of course lol.
    1. mainc21's Avatar
      mainc21 -
      I've always used my iPad charger to charge my iPhones anyway so I wouldn't notice any differences.
    1. evercleardoc's Avatar
      evercleardoc -
      My macbook pro Late 2011 with 10.9.5 installed actually delivers the 500 + 1600 mA of power as well when I look at the system information. I do not think it's limited to just Mavericks.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mik3y08 View Post
      The iPad mini does not come with that larger adapter. At least mine didn't.
      My iPad Mini with retina display did.

      Quote Originally Posted by mainc21 View Post
      I've always used my iPad charger to charge my iPhones anyway so I wouldn't notice any differences.
      Previous iPhones were limited to their charging speeds, or you might have risked ruining the device. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus actually support the faster charge current, like the iPads, and will be able to actually charge faster.
    1. artbran's Avatar
      artbran -
      Quote Originally Posted by Breezy215 View Post
      Hmmm... And in a few weeks there will be reports about people's phone being burnt up... Lol we don't know the long term damage this might do to your battery. Short gain, long loss..
      Been using my iPad charger for years now... Never had an issue with any phone due to charger/charging damages. Never replaced any batteries...
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by artbran View Post
      Been using my iPad charger for years now... Never had an issue with any phone due to charger/charging damages. Never replaced any batteries...
      Well that's good to know... Thanks.
    1. stolenpentium's Avatar
      stolenpentium -
      Quote Originally Posted by Breezy215 View Post
      Hmmm... And in a few weeks there will be reports about people's phone being burnt up... Lol we don't know the long term damage this might do to your battery. Short gain, long loss..
      Folks have been doing this with their iPhones since the release of the original iPad. No harm done.
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      If the voltages are different you will eventually burn it out.
    1. Kotin6006's Avatar
      Kotin6006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by artbran View Post
      Been using my iPad charger for years now... Never had an issue with any phone due to charger/charging damages. Never replaced any batteries...
      Me too.
      I would assume Apple figured people would use the iPad charger on the phone from day 1. It fits and that's all many people care about.
      I always felt like it did charge it somewhat faster anyways. Might of been my imagination though.
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Breezy215 View Post
      Hmmm... And in a few weeks there will be reports about people's phone being burnt up... Lol we don't know the long term damage this might do to your battery. Short gain, long loss..
      A device will only ever pull out as much power as it needs. I've charged my iphone with both the iPad 1 and iPad retina for years now with no ill effects. Download batterylife from cydia and look at your device whilst charging. It'll tell you the charging current etc awesome tweak
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I've used the above charge on all of my iPhones since the first iPad launched. No long term affects, just faster charging times :]
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      I think slow charging may be better for the battery in the long run.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      I think slow charging may be better for the battery in the long run.
      Who cares about the long run?
    1. Silvio6's Avatar
      Silvio6 -
      Nothing new here. I always charged my iphone4, iphone5 and now 5s with iPad charger. For the reason it was charging much faster.
      This never damaged any of my batteries.
      I thought it was a known "plus" for ipad charger owners.
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      Quote Originally Posted by docmagoo2 View Post
      A device will only ever pull out as much power as it needs. I've charged my iphone with both the iPad 1 and iPad retina for years now with no ill effects. Download batterylife from cydia and look at your device whilst charging. It'll tell you the charging current etc awesome tweak
      Interesting. Never knew of that app, checking it out now. I know some devices, even though they may be hooked up to a 2+Amp charger, will limit the current to just 1A. Is that the case with older iPhone devices that were being charged with iPad chargers? Anyone know? I'll try using the batterylife app with my 5s and tablet charger once I get home and see what it tells me.