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By Matt Birchler
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How Fast Does the USB-C Plug on the Magic Keyboard Charge the iPad Pro?

How Fast Does the USB-C Plug on the Magic Keyboard Charge the iPad Pro?

The answer is kinda boring, actually. It’s effectively the same as plugging into the iPad itself.

Setup

  • 12.9” iPad Pro (2018)
  • Stock 18W charger
  • Stock USB-C to USB-C cable form the box

Basically, I’m charging with the plug that comes in the box.

Methodology

I wore the iPad down to zero, plugged it in, and counted it every 10 minutes for 2 hours. I did it through each plug twice, so I measured 4 times total.

If you were at all interested in killing an iPad battery quickly, open up Fortnite and just jump into a game and leave it. It’ll kill the iPad pretty quickly, but this process still took me all day to do.

The Results

This is a really boring chart, because over two runs, the numbers were basically the same. As far as I can tell, the power-only plug on the Magic Keyboard case is as good as the standard charging I was already doing.

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Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.