Apple USB-C & USB-A Charger Comparison: 87W 61W 29W 12W 5W w/ MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad Pro & Mini





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Published on Dec 14, 2016

!!! PLEASE READ COMMENTS BELOW -- iPad Pro and iPhone 8 UPDATES !!!!

This video compares five Apple chargers with four Apple Devices. Brian discovers:

- Can the USB-C chargers increase iPad and iPhone charging?
- Does the 29W USB-C charger charge the 2016 MacBook Pro at the full 29W?
- Do the 61W and 87W charge the MacBook 12" any faster?
- Can the iPhone and iPad charger charge a USB-C MacBook Pro?

Chargers Tested (Apple OEM):
15" MacBook Pro 87W USB-C
13" MacBook Pro 61W USB-C
12" MacBook 29W USB-C
iPad 10W / 12W USB-A
iPhone 5W USB-A

Devices Tested:
13" MacBook Pro Touch-Bar (USB-C Late 2016)
12" MacBook Retina (USB-C 2015)
iPad Mini 4th Gen
iPad Pro 10.5" (USB-C 2017) - Test After Video - See Notes Below
iPhone 7 Plus

UPDATED 2017-10-22 - Please read the below update, however a video has also been made to cover the iPad Pro and iPhone 8 charging characteristics:

UPDATED 2017-09-24 - Since creating this video, I acquired an iPad Pro 10.5", I tested the USB-C chargers to prove whether more charging power was available from non-5V charging, please find my findings below:

29W Charger = 29.3W - 29.6W sustained charging, peak of 33.3W (only lasted for a few seconds, briefly went back to 29.3W)
61W Charger = 21.8W steady (no peaks)
87W - 21.1W steady (no peaks)

As you can see, the 29W charger provides more charging power, but it varied more wildly and included some peaks equivalent to the charging of the MacBook 12”. During some charging sessions with the 29W charger, I could only get sustained charging of 24W. It’s clear the iPad Pro 10.5” is able to utilize the 29W’s unique 14.5V charging capability, with the ~21W charging of the larger 61W and 87W chargers, it’s hard to say if it is able to use the 9V or 20.xV charging capabilities at lower amperage (it could be either).


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