Best Fast Chargers for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air

iPad Air with Anker PowerPort III Nano

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.

iPad Air with Anker PowerPort III Nano

iPad Air with Anker PowerPort III Nano

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 device. Using the more modern USB-C Power Delivery standard.

Learn more about Apple 2.4A and other fast charging standards.

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

Small Size

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 PowerPort III Nano

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

Review of the Anker PowerPort III Nano

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Quntis PD Charger & Cable

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

Review of the Quntis PD Charger & Cable

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.

Anker PowerPort III Duo

A great dual phone charger for both two iPads or an iPad and iPhone. Anker's PowerIQ 3.0 tech supports 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

Anker PowerPort PD 2

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
  • Output:
    • 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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AUKEY PA-D1 Focus Duo 30W

A newer, smaller, and lighter version of Anker's charger above. Same port break down: USB-C for newer iPhones and iPad Pro, USB-A for current iPad.

  • Ports: USB-C, USB-A
  • Output:
    • USB-C: 30W USB-C PD (drops to 18W when USB-A is in use)
    • USB-A: Apple 2.4A
  • Size: 2.4 × 2.2 × 1.1 in | 3.6 oz

Review of the AUKEY PA-D1 Focus Duo 30W


Comparison of All Recommended Fast Chargers for iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air

 

Charger NoteOutputSizeWeightPrice
Anker PowerPort III NanoReview
(4.6)
Smallest18W USB-C PD

PowerIQ 3.0
(Apple 2.4 support)
1.8 x 1.1 x 1.1 in1.1 oz$16.99
Quntis PD Charger & CableReview
(4.6)
Includes USB-C to Lightning cable18W USB-C PD

Apple 2.4A
2 x 1.9 x 0.9 in1.7 oz$23.95
Anker PowerPort III DuoDual USB-C18W USB-C PD

PowerIQ 3.0
(Apple 2.4 support)
2.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 in3.5 oz$29.99
Anker PowerPort PD 2USB-C for newer devices, USB-A for iPad18W USB-C PD

Apple 2.4A
2.5 × 2.4 × 1.1 in4.7 oz$22.99
AUKEY PA-D1 Focus Duo 30WReview
(4.8)
USB-C for newer devices, USB-A for iPad18W USB-C PD

Apple 2.4A
2.4 × 2.2 × 1.1 in3.6 oz$16.99

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 2020-12-01.