Tuesday, January 08, 2019

iPad Pro 18W USB-C Charger (2018)



This charger came with the 2018 super slim iPad Pro, the one with Face ID and have magnets for the Apple Pencil to stick to. It is a USB-C charger. It is small. As small as the 5W iPhone charger that was shipped with every iPhone since the iPhone 3G. It is also slight fatter than the iPad Air charger. The legs can be flatten - this is the same charger design that shipped with Apple Watch Series 3. Some really thoughtful and delightful designs. Here are a couple of comparison pictures.
Top: 5W charger that came with iPhone. Middle: this USB-C charger. Bottom: iPad Air 2 charger

The charger is 18W. And yet, it can charge a MacBook Pro 13” (without Touch Bar)! You read it right! This little guy can charge a MacBook Pro, albeit very, very, very slowly. The MBP shipped with a 61W charger that’s three times in size.
Fully charged a MacBook Pro 13". Impressive!

The charger is so tiny compare to the MBP's 61W charger, which is SOOO bulky to carry

This makes the 18W charger super handy when travelling or when you need to lighten your bag in your daily commute. And with the right cable, this USB C charger can fast charge your iPhone 8, X, XS, XR. That means, 30 minutes of fast charge can give you 50% battery life!
I’m a believer of travelling light and so when this charger is available for sale individually for MYR$149, I grabbed one myself. Loving it very much. I like how the legs can be retracted to make it even easier to store! No poking legs to scratch your other equipment.
Typical Apple packaging. Nice and compact

It says USB-PD (Power Delivery) Output 5V==3A (15W) or 9V==2A (18W)

Just a small USB-C port
This 18W charger (pictured, right) is taller than the 10W USB-A charger shipped with Apple Watch
18W charger (top) is the same width as the Apple Watch 10W charger