Full speed ahead: The new iPhones charge much faster with an iPad charger

The iPhone 6 can now juice up in about half the time using the iPad charger

iPhone and iPad chargers might seem interchangeable, but depending on the iDevice, they don't charge your gadgets the same way. The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, however, can now take full advantage of the iPad's (higher) 12-watt charger to charge up in about half the time as it would take with the default iPhone charger.

As Cult of Mac explains, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ship with a 5-watt charger, whereas the iPad charger is a 12-watt one. Previous iPhones (5 and before), when connected to an iPad charger, would still only charge at 5 watts.

Not so with the new iPhone 6's. They take advantage of the iPad charger's bigger power supply to charge in about half the time. (See this video from Japan for a comparison.)

Using the iPad charger shouldn't do any damage to your phone, although more heat could wear the battery down faster. Still, if you ever need your new iPhone at 100% as quickly as possible...just plug it into your iPad charger.

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