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Does my iPad have charging issues?

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mapex_venus Calculating status...
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Jul 11, 2010 2:44 PM
I just noticed that even the little battery icon in the top right does not show the 'lightning bolt' while charging. Instead, it displays a power plug. If i unplug and reinsert the charging cable the icon briefly changed back into the lightning bolt but then switches back to the plug. Why is this?
MacBook Pro, iPhone 4, Mac Mini, iPad 16 GB 3G + WiFi
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (135,350 points)
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    Jul 11, 2010 2:53 PM (in response to mapex_venus)
    I think the plug means that it is fully charged. When you unplug it what charge is indicated on the iPad?
  • Bill Aviles Calculating status...
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    Jul 11, 2010 3:59 PM (in response to mapex_venus)
    No. Most USB ports can't supply the voltage needed to charge an iPad. I think only newer Macs can for the most part. I have the original Mac Pro, and the same thing happens. In time, my iPad "charges" despite there not being a lightning bolt. I put "charges" in quotes because I don't really think it charges. After using it for a few minutes, the battery meter drops like a rock, from 100% to 90%. When I use the wall charger, this sudden drop never happens.
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  • Bill Aviles Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Jul 11, 2010 5:18 PM (in response to mapex_venus)
    Yeah, that sounds weird. The lightning bolt should appear when charging, and the plug should only appear when it's done. Is it possible that you're using a normal iPod charger?
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  • Bill Aviles Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Jul 11, 2010 7:19 PM (in response to mapex_venus)
    Well, you say that it's charging, but it sounds as if it's charging at a lower rate. Maybe the charger is bad. If I was in your shoes, I'd do a restore of the iPad, just to make sure that there's nothing wrong with the OS. Then if the problem still occurs, I'd make an appointment at an Apple store and have them try a different adapter.

    This discussion is interesting / charging times:

    http://www.tuaw.com/2010/07/11/usb-vs-ac-outlet-charging-on-the-iphone-4/
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 6 GB RAM, 23" Cinema Display
  • Bill Aviles Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Jul 12, 2010 3:28 AM (in response to mapex_venus)
    I'd do a factory reset, just to be sure. You can always restore from a backup later. But before you do that, there's another person with charger issues on this forum

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2502050&tstart=0

    Maybe there's a batch of bad adapters out there.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 6 GB RAM, 23" Cinema Display
  • Bill Aviles Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Jul 12, 2010 2:34 PM (in response to mapex_venus)
    I don't know for sure (the iPad is my first cellular device)- but I really, really doubt it. The SIM card is what determines all that stuff - and that stays constant no matter what you do to your iPad. Short of setting it on fire, that is.
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 6 GB RAM, 23" Cinema Display

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