With its enhanced processing power and crystal-clear display, the iPad Pro is more than a nifty device that lets you watch Netflix in bed. Sure, it’ll do that (easily), but it’s also a vital business tool, used by graphic artists, photographers, and executives giving presentations.
For all the tablet’s advantages, Apple left one notable shortcoming. The in box charger doesn’t power up the iPad Pro at its fastest rate. (If this sounds familiar, by the way, you might want to check out our review of the iPhone 7.)
We tested the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, pitting the 12-watt charger that comes in the box against Ventev’s 45-watt wallport pd1300 in a race from 0 to 100 percent.
In our testing lab, it took the 12-watt charger 1.5 hours to charge to 50 percent, and another two hours to charge to 100 percent capacity. By contrast, the iPad Pro reached 66 percent capacity in one hour with the wallport pd1300. The battery hit full capacity in just two hours, shaving 90 minutes off the time it took the in box charger to do the same.
Here’s why: The charger Apple ships in the box is not capable of the USB-C standard called Power Delivery. The wallport pd1300, however, does support Power Delivery, which is able to charge compatible devices at higher speeds. Power Delivery allows chargers to modify their voltage and amperage so they can choose the right amount of power to adequately charge the device at a faster rate – up to 100 watts if the device will allow it. (The iPad Pro won’t.)
To take full advantage of this latest charging standard, however, you’ll also need a Lightning to USB-C cable. That’s because the pd1300 has a USB-C port, while the iPad Pro has the traditional Apple Lightning connector.
So if you love your iPad Pro so much that you can’t stand waiting for it to charge, check out the wallport pd1300. It’s faster than what comes in the box, and it can charge a MacBook and other small laptops at their optimal speed since most non-Apple laptops are shipping with 45-watt chargers. That’s good news for designers, executives, and yes, even you Netflix watchers.