HomePod mini works with 18W power supplies after 14.3 software update

Thanks to the HomePod version 14.3 update, Apple’s new HomePod mini now supports 18W power adapters or battery packs.

The HomePod mini ships with a 20W power adapter and originally required at least 20W to function. An upgrade reduces this limit to 18W, allowing a wider range of adapters and battery packs to work.

reports that Reddit users discovered the change by testing different power adapters. Apple did not disclose the change in the update notes, but if you use a certified 18W USB-C PD power supply or one that offers higher power, you will be able to run your HomePod mini without a problem.

As mentioned above, you can even connect your HomePod mini to a battery to create a portable AirPlay 2 speaker. As long as you have an adequate WiFi signal for the HomePod mini to connect to, all functions should work normally, even on battery power.

The update does not affect the power of the original HomePod, as that model requires a direct connection to an outlet via a plug, rather than a power adapter.