The power adapter included with the iPad provides for fast charging. And is a decent design for travel and commute. But it probably has a place it stays at your home or work. If you need a second charger there are plenty of third-party options. Many of which offer better future-proofing for the day you upgrade your iPad. The best fast chargers for iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air can all fast charge them as well as their included charger. While supporting both new and old fast charging standards. Supporting a bigger variety of devices.
Looking to charge on the go? Check out Best Portable Chargers for iPad.
Fast Charging iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air
The iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air series use Apple 2.4A for their fast-charging standard. An older standard, made for the original iPad in 2010. The standard has been supported by all model iPhones and iPad to follow. And most of today’s iPads still support only this fast-charging standard.
Most USB-A chargers offering 5V/2.4A support Apple 2.4A. But so do many USB-C chargers. That’s where the future-proofing comes in. You can continue with a USB-A charger and regular Lightning cable. Or you can get a USB-C charger and USB-C to Lightning cable. The USB-C charger will continue to support future devices. Using the more modern USB-C Power Delivery standard.
USB-C to Lightning Cable
To connect your iPad to a USB-C charger you’ll need a USB-C to Lightning cable.
Find a good selection of USB-C to Lightning cables here. All listed cables are MFi certified by Apple. Meaning they meet Apple’s standards and testing to work with iPhones and iPads. Pick your cable based on length, color, and price.
Best Fast Chargers for iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air
These fast chargers are as small as they come. While still providing the fastest possible charge for your iPad. Unfortunately, they also don’t offer folding prongs. Which is a deal-breaker for some.
Anker's newer 18W USB-C PD fast charger. Leveraging GaN technology, it is smaller and lighter than most similar chargers. But with its small design comes fixed prongs. So be mindful when tossing it in your bag.
- Ports: USB-C
- Output: 18W USB-C PD, PowerIQ 3.0 (supports Apple 2.4A)
- GaN tech
- Size: 1.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches | 1.1 oz
A larger charger with fixed prongs. While from a less known brand it is MFi certified by Apple. And includes an equally certified USB-C to Lightning cable. A good all-in-one option for Apple mobile devices.
- Ports: USB-C
- Output: 18W USB-C PD, Apple 2.4A
- Size: 2 x 1.9 x 0.9 in | 1.7 oz
Charge Two Apple Devices At Once
These are dual USB chargers. Able to offer fast charging for two iPads, or an iPad and iPhone together. Great when traveling with someone else or several devices.
A great dual phone charger for both two iPads or an iPad and iPhone. Anker's PowerIQ 3.0 tech support fast charging for a large assortment of devices.
- Ports: USB-C x2
- Output: 18W USB-C PD, Apple 2.4A (each port)
- Size: 2.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 in | 3.5 oz
A bit of newer and older tech combined. The USB-C port will fast charge newer iPhones and likely future iPads. The USB-A port will fast charge your current iPad.
- Ports: USB-C, USB-A
- USB-C: 18W USB-C PD
- USB-A: Apple 2.4A
- Size: 2.5 × 2.4 × 1.1 in | 4.7 oz
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Comparison of All Recommended Fast Chargers for iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air
|Anker PowerPort III Nano||Review||Smallest||18W USB-C PD|
(Apple 2.4 support)
|1.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 in||1.1 oz||$16.99|
|Quntis PD Charger & Cable||Review||Includes USB-C to Lightning cable||18W USB-C PD|
|2 x 1.9 x 0.9 in||1.7 oz||$15.28|
|Anker PowerPort III Duo||Dual USB-C||18W USB-C PD|
(Apple 2.4 support)
|2.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 in||3.5 oz||$25.99|
|Anker PowerPort PD 2||USB-C for newer devices, USB-A for iPad||18W USB-C PD|
|2.5 × 2.4 × 1.1 in||4.7 oz||$23.99|
|No products found.||Review||USB-C for newer devices, USB-A for iPad||18W USB-C PD|
|2.4 × 2.2 × 1.1 in||3.6 oz||No products found.|
Don’t see a charger you quite like? Or which is available in your region? Take what you’ve learned here and check out my larger charger comparison list.
Prices are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2021-08-02.