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iPad "Not Charging"

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  • kayjh Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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    Mar 28, 2011 1:47 PM (in response to red555)
    Actually I feel a bit foolish. It helps to read the on line manual for the iPad which reads:

    "If your Mac or PC doesn’t provide enough power to charge iPad, a Not Charging
    message appears in the status bar. To charge iPad, disconnect it from your computer
    and connect it to a power outlet using the included Dock Connector to USB Cable and
    10W USB Power Adapter."

    I note from the link in a previous post that my 2007 MacBook Pro might not have the higher power needed to charge my iPad. I'll check out the charging on my 2009 iMac 27" when I get home and also with the wall outlet.
    Late 2009 iMac 27" i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 3GS, 32GB, 20" iMac - G5
  • rimshaker Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    Mar 28, 2011 1:52 PM (in response to kayjh)
    Yea when the screen is on and it says Not Charging, it really isnt at that moment. But when the screen shuts off to sleep, the usb port does provide some "trickle" charge. Very slowly tho, like 2-3% increase in half hour from what i noticed.
    iPhone 3G, iPad 2, Windows 7
  • kayjh Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:43 PM (in response to James in Dupont)
    Plugged in at home with the wall adapter. Charging normally. Thanks for the replies. kayjh
    Late 2009 iMac 27" i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 3GS, 32GB, 20" iMac - G5
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Mar 28, 2011 5:06 PM (in response to kayjh)
    kayjh wrote:
    Can you direct me to where you read that ("not charging" = charging slowly)?


    I didn't read that anywhere. It's my observation from using my iMac. I always connect to the keyboard USB connector simply because it's easier than fumbling around in the back. I never worried about the charge state because I connect to the Mac only when the iPad is reasonably well charged to begin with. However, I did notice several times that the indicated charge increases a bit while connected unless, of course, it's already at 100%.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPad-1 IOS 4.3
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Mar 28, 2011 5:08 PM (in response to kayjh)
    kayjh wrote:
    Actually I feel a bit foolish. It helps to read the on line manual...

    Real men (Mac owners) don't read no stinking user manuals!
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPad-1 IOS 4.3
  • kayjh Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
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    Mar 29, 2011 5:24 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)
    Late 2009 iMac 27" i7, 8GB RAM, 2TB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 3GS, 32GB, 20" iMac - G5
  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,080 points)
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    Mar 30, 2011 6:51 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)
    Philly_Phan wrote:
    kayjh wrote:
    Actually I feel a bit foolish. It helps to read the on line manual...

    Real men (Mac owners) don't read no stinking user manuals!



    A good thing too. If we all read the manuals, what would there be to post about here?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPad, iPod, Airport Express
  • DaveInSlidell Calculating status...
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    May 2, 2011 1:33 PM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    That is correct.  Over an hour ago, the battery on my iPad was completely dead.  I plugged it into a USB port on my PC, and the iPad immediately booted up.  Right now, it says "Not Charging," but the battery still shows an 8% charge.

     

    I'd also like to add that I've also been able to charge my iPad using the Griffin double-USB adapter I have plugged into my car's cigarette lighter socket.  I even got the normal battery/lightning bolt icon while doing so, and it seemed to charge up about as fast as plugging it into a wall receptacle.

  • stevenfrom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 25, 2011 12:38 PM (in response to DaveInSlidell)

    When it says "Not Charging", it is charging fine at lower current. It is an Apple scam to get you to buy more expensive extras like chargers for your iPad. Any everyday USB will charge it, a Bose dock will charge it, just more slowly which is better for the battery anyhow. It will always say "Not Charging" unless it is an Apple product charging it. A scam, period. Don't be suckered by Apple into buying lots of expensive goodies, that is all it is., a scam. Apple is the new IBM, all serve without question.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,450 points)
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    Jun 25, 2011 1:07 PM (in response to stevenfrom)

    How can it be a scam when the iPad comes with a wall charger ?

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Jun 25, 2011 1:11 PM (in response to kayjh)

    kayjh wrote:

     

    Thanks. Can you direct me to where you read that ("not charging" = charging slowly)?

    Personal experience.  Apparently, there is a minimum charge level that turns off that message.  Kinda makes sense because the mere fact that the charger is putting out current does not mean that the battery is getting charged.  If the iPad is being used, the current could be consumed by the iPad electronics.

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