How long does it take to fully charge an Apple Pencil?

Wondering how long it takes to charge your Apple Pencil (1st or 2nd generation) or how long will it last if you just charge it for a few seconds? Look no further, as this guide answers these questions so you can have worry-free sketching and drawing sessions on your iPad.

Charging Apple Pencil 2nd generation with iPad Pro

Apple Pencil has a lot more going than it looks at first blush.

In addition to its somewhat timeless design, remarkable precision, and lag-free performance (courtesy of the iPad’s multitouch technology), the clean-looking sliver of white plastic also utilizes super-fast charging via the iPad’s magnetic connector or the Lightning port.

In fact, you’ll be amazed to learn that it takes less time to provide 30 minutes worth of power to the Apple Pencil than it will take you to read this article!

Apple Pencil quick charging

According to Apple, it only takes a remarkable fifteen seconds to provide 30 minutes worth of power to the Apple Pencil when connected to the iPad Pro’s Lightning port! This is almost also true while charging Apple Pencil 2nd generation via your iPad’s magnetic connector.

That’s a lot of sketching and usage time based on just fifteen seconds of charging if you ask me.

Charging Apple Pencil for 15 seconds gives 30 minutes of usage time

The time it takes to fully charge an Apple Pencil

It doesn’t help much that Apple does not list the precise charging times for the Apple Pencil on its website or the Pencil’s battery capacity.

But going by some reports on other sites, it appears that Apple Pencil takes about 20 minutes to fully charge. However, my charging time with Apple Pencil 2nd generation and iPad Pro 12.9-in 6th generation has been different:

  • 7:02 PM: I attach my Apple Pencil, sitting at 64% charge, to the magnetic connector on the long side of my iPad Pro.
  • 7:24 PM: The Apple Pencil was charged to 100%.
Apple Pencil 2nd generation charging test

It took my Apple Pencil 22 minutes to charge 36%.

Quick napkin maths (22/36 times 100), and this equates to Apple Pencil taking about 61 minutes to fully charge. However, this number will be less if Apple Pencil starts charging from 0% (or 5%), as we must also take into account that charging times are faster up to 80%, and then typically grow longer after the battery has zoomed past the 80% mark. This is true for all Apple devices, like your iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

So, if I had to guess, I would say that it should take somewhere around 40 minutes for the Apple Pencil 2nd generation to fully charge via the magnetic connector.

Further, Apple says that a fully charged Pencil provides a total of twelve hours of use, which is quite impressive.

What have you observed regarding the charging times and battery backup with your Apple Pencil? Let us know in the comments below.

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