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iPad 3 charging issues

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  • Kim Hill1 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 3:45 AM (in response to Bellatone)

    Bellatone wrote:

     

    Excuse me, not from this thread, from the overheating thread.  You shill incessantly.  And you have never denied being employed by Apple, have you?

     

    Though if Apple has decided to hire people like yourself to try to scare off customers, I may have to rethink purchasing Apple products in the future.

     

    Your claim that I'm employed by Apple is likely the best demonstration of how little you understand about real-world PR.

  • Bellatone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 3:51 AM (in response to Kim Hill1)

    Once again you didn't deny it.  Shill.

  • Kim Hill1 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 3:53 AM (in response to Bellatone)

    I absolutely deny it, and the fact that this seems necessary to you is amusing.

  • Batavian Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 6:14 AM (in response to Kim Hill1)

    The long charging is my biggest issue with the iPad 3. All the other stuff (heat, tinting, thickness, weight) are IMHO minor compared to what Apple accomplished in squeezing 4x display in what is essentially the same size/priced chassis.

     

    The longer charging time and inability to run the iPad & effectively charge at the same time are again, IMHO, real oversights. And a little hard to imagine given Apple's attention to details, along with the aforementioned incredible engineering of fitting it all in the same package as the iPad 2. One would think that simple math would have meant providing a more powerful charger. The battery in the iPad 3 is bigger than an 11" Macbook Air, yet the charger is 1/4 the capacity.

     

    I do miss running the iPad as a clock radio at night, or on a stand on my desktop with a nice aquarium screensaver or slideshow. Can't do that now as the charging wont keep up with the power consumption.

     

    An added note...Apple chose to use the less expensive (and more power hungry) amorphous silicon screen in the iPad 3 versus the more power efficient (but more costly) IGZO (Indium Gallium) currently used in the iPhone 4. IGZO uses only a fraction of the power that SA uses. But for various reasons, Apple decided not to use this technology just yet in the iPad 3. Hopefully later production of the iPad 3 will incorporate this tech. Here is a good article detailing the difference. http://www.extremetech.com/electronics/126519-the-perils-and-promise-of-high-res olution-displays

  • covdude Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 6:48 AM (in response to Batavian)

    It willcomeonsay iPad 4' there's many considerations in making a device x millions ffs.

     

    I want to search for fulminations lol maybe in the dictionary it merely states batlavia .....

     

    Anyone know min charging amp via USB then, I want to buy my solar !,,,

  • wchpitt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 8:08 AM (in response to covdude)

    In theory the minimum charging amperage is 1amp.

    The current gen of Macbooks and iMacs support this voltage.

    Older Macs and a lot of the PCs out there only provide 500 to 700ma (.5-.7amps)

    An OEM apple iPhone charger does in fact supply sufficient voltage to charge "the new" iPad (3) albeit very slowly.

    The OEM iPad charger supplys 2.1amps

    Only 1 of my 5 aftermarket iPhone chargers actually produce enough voltage to charge my iPad and are nearly indistinguishable from the OEM ones. I have started labling OEM charges so I able able to better discern the difference.

    I have tried a couple of the aftermarket "iPad" chargers (OEM knockoffs) and they doent produce anywhere near the same amperage as the OEM although they do charge a little quicker than the OEM iPhone chargers.

    The Griffen and Belkin chargers rated for 2.1amps do work as well as the OEM iPad charger.

    What I have started using with great success is the XtrememMac IPU-IH2-11 dual 2.1 amp charger.

  • covdude Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 8:46 AM (in response to wchpitt)

    How much and where from, as I have no 2'1 amp charger at present. Ta

  • rickbUK Calculating status...
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    Apr 24, 2012 10:14 AM (in response to apoc_reg)

    I have just taken delivery (today) of a New iPad.  It arrived 90% charged, and took around 20 minutes to charge to 100% using the 10 watt charger that came in the box - this was whilst I was running all the setup routines on the iPad. 

     

    I have now disconnected the charger, and used the iPad to check email, surf the Web, download Kindle, check my Contacts and Diary have synchronised (via iCloud).  All seems to work fine, and, nearly 2 hours later, the iPad is still showing 100% charged.

     

    One thought.  Are you based in the USA?  i.e. on 110 volts.  I'm in the UK (where our supply is 240 volts), and I have experienced that when visiting the USA my electrical goods (camera batteries, PC batteries, etc) all take longer to charge than in the UK.  You haven't been supplied with kit that runs on a 240 volt power supply?  Just a thought (p.s. I'm not an electrical engineer so I may be talking drivel, but thought it worth a mention)

  • covdude Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 10:56 AM (in response to rickbUK)

    Not an electrician but if full charger is 10 volts and 2'1 amp, then 110 v ain't gonna be different with what power is available ?

     

    Side note ... How much in money do you think it takes to charge iPad 3' caus I'm beginning to think solar will only make me feel good, and not effectively give me free power, not at least until I got a big panel and used said panel on other devices.

  • rickbUK Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 11:13 AM (in response to covdude)

    fully appreciate what you're saying, and can't help but agree with your logic.  But my observations re UK 240 volt kit taking longer to charge in the US than it does in the UK / Europe still remain.

     

    The problem with using solar is that most of the time you probably need to recharge overnight... hey ho!  ;-))

  • covdude Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2012 12:40 PM (in response to rickbUK)

    Will see if someone else comments on the charging as we don't know for sure ...

     

    Ref solar, many have batterry banks that allows use 24 7' or actual and more expensive purpose made additional devices that use the power generated in daylight hours.

     

    I know one thing, really want a solar setup as its getting to the point that it will pay for itself in a few years, as my little lecky use has gone up in price say 50 percent in less than 2 years.

  • Linda Cohen1 Calculating status...
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    May 1, 2012 1:07 PM (in response to apoc_reg)

    I am charging my iPad for the first time (it was at 29%) - after over 5 hours, it is up to 82% and I consider that very slow. 

  • katinak67 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    May 4, 2012 1:38 AM (in response to Linda Cohen1)

    If you have all apps closed, put it in airplane mode and plug it in, it will charge a little faster, and don't use it while it's charging, it defeats the purpose. The new iPad is still going to be slower to charge as the battery is around 70% larger than the ipad2. Just be patient. Mine went from about 17% to 100% in about 5.5 hours. I did my laundry and dishes so it wouldn't be the proverbial 'watched pot'.

  • grafics Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 6, 2012 10:04 AM (in response to apoc_reg)

    I don't have a new iPad yet but have noticed that in the local Apple Store the iPads, which are continuously connected to charger, typically show 94% charge in the afternoon - and sometimes much less. If the Apple Store can't sort out the charging issue then a problem is indicated and I hesitate to upgrade my iPad 2.

  • Dave Marsh Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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    May 6, 2012 11:42 AM (in response to grafics)

    The new iPad gives you high speed cellular with LTE and a higher quality/higher resolution screen.  It's not faster than the iPad 2, so there's little reason to upgrade unless those two new features are important to you.  The new display requires upgraded graphics power to handle the new screen, and a much larger battery to keep it going all day.  It's a great upgrade from my original model iPad, but not compelling if you have an iPad 2.

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