You can now power a HomePod mini with an 18W power adapter
What you need to know
- The HomePod mini now supports 18W power adapters.
- Support quietly came as part of the 14.3 update earlier this month.
Reported by The 8-Bit, the 14.3 update that came out for the HomePod mini earlier this month quietly included support for some 18W chargers. Before the update, the HomePod mini only supported Apple's new 20W power adapter.
According to the update, an 18W power adapter with a specific power profile is required. It is unclear what third-party power adapters will meet this requirement, but Apple's own 18W adapter will, of course, work with the HomePod mini now.
Some users on Reddit have even managed to turn the HomePod mini into a portable speaker by hooking it up to some 18W power banks.
The update is a nice one as it will give everyone with Apple's 18W power adapter another product to use it with. This will also free up the 20W power adapter that it ships with for things like faster charging with MagSafe for those who have an iPhone 12.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.