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New iPad/iPad 3 charging time = 12 hours+

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  • driveline Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to Alaska99801)

    Lol Alaska99801!

    My point was no matter how good they make the display it will never be better than what your eyes can see in real life!

    After all this is the challenge for innovation !!

  • Alaska99801 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 5, 2012 2:52 PM (in response to driveline)

    I agree, that is why now I have to carry my glasses everywhere I go, which I really hate doing since they are always getting in the way, shirts do not have pocket anymore, etc.

     

    But with my glasses on the "Medusa display" is glorious.  Give it shot, put those glasses on driveline!

     

    LOL.

  • BYonah Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 9:20 PM (in response to A.Wu)

    I got the same exact problem!!! Is apple fixing this isue? Mine has been now charging for 12 hours and still going

  • Mike95 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to BYonah)

    BYonah,

     

    Just make sure you use the iPad cable and charger. I had 12hr charge until I read a post and started using the actual cable and plug that came with the iPad.  Since some of us may have extra cables and chargers we may inadvertently use a cable or charger from another device.

     

    And interesting enough, the cable is as important as the charger itself. When using the correct charger and, say the iPhone's cable, the charge also took longer than it should. Once I unpackaged the iPad cable and used it it was noticeably faster.

  • snerkler1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 11:34 AM (in response to Tiktokoz)

    Did apple support say how long it should actually take, or did they just say it shouldn't be 10 hours?

  • Magellat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to A.Wu)

    At 20 % of the charge left,it takes 4 hrs 45 minutes to  reach 100 %

    IPad 3

    magellat

  • Craig Deutsch Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2012 8:44 AM (in response to Batavian)

    I bought an iPad3 and have been wondering why the battery takes seemingly forever to charge.  Well, like many people I have multiple chargers collected over the years, from the flip-out plug type (the best) to the static plug with the green dot (smallest, but inconvenient).

     

    If you get out a magnifying glass, your problem might be solved by reading the fine print on the charger. Chargers designed for the iPad are 5.1W and output 2.1A — slightly more "pressure" and double the "flow rate" of the 5.0W, 1.0A of my charger labeled iPod. It stands to reason that the newer charger will work a lot faster, and it makes sense that Apple would have to beef up iPod chargers because the batter is so much larger than an iPhone's or iPod's.

     

    Last night, with 13% battery left, I plugged in my iPad3 to the iPod charger.  Unused and four hours later itreached 42%. At that rate that's almost a 16-hour charge from zero to full. Unacceptable.

     

    I plugged in the iPad charger (2.1A).  It seems to be charging considerably faster. In less than about 15 minutes I've gone from 47% to 50% — and that's while using apps that require internet access. Extrapolating, that's about an 8-hour charge from 0% to full. More acceptable.

     

    Certainly not the most scientific of experiments, but it's good enough for me: Make sure you're using the correct charger with the correct device.  Someone suggested using a LabelMaker and putting stickers on them. Good idea.

  • JomyfromDu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 16, 2012 7:09 AM (in response to A.Wu)

    Hi guys am so happy that my new iPad only takes 10 hours to get fully charged!

  • Mike95 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    May 16, 2012 7:26 AM (in response to JomyfromDu)

    Just make sure you us wall plug that came with the iPad and as important, the cable which came with the iPad.  Some have reported (I also confirmed this)..using a non-iPad cable (such as from an older iPhone) causes the charge to take longer (sometimes twice as long).

  • AppleKaz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 17, 2012 9:53 AM (in response to A.Wu)

    New New IPad!!; took 7.5 hours full charge.

    Drained it to 0 at first day, then put it to charge.

    Guess it should be Okay!

  • Techhacks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 19, 2012 10:04 AM (in response to A.Wu)

    Hey guys,

     

    I had the same charge time problem with the iPad 3. I listed some things here that might help to decrease the charging time: http://tech-hacks.net/tech/apple/103/how-to-charge-the-new-ipad-faster/

     

    I hope it's helpful for someone!

     

    Cheers!

  • Tokalon1999 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 7:58 PM (in response to A.Wu)

    First, I have read all the posts here. Some are ok with charge times, some not. My story:

     

    I am on the road a lot and need internet access anywhere I can get it. I also watch movies and play a few simple games....all on the road mostly.

     

    I bought the Ipad 1 when it first came out with 3G. Been very happy with it. Charged quickly from car charger, home charger or from my PC. Did not care or concern about cords or plugs from my Ipod/Iphone or whatever. They all pretty much worked the same.

     

    Decided time to go from Ipad 1 to 3 for 4G LTE, screen and processor (better games). The charging time is killing me. I hook it to my PC or car charger and after several hours get maybe a 10% charge up. I used my old Ipad charger on a wall outlet for 3 hours and got another 10%.

     

    OK so bigger battery and higher drain but the protocal for using this thing is completely different from before. Maybe not wrong but completely different and less useful (for me) than before. I don't have the luxury of putting it to bed for 8-10+ hours on a regular basis. I charge when I can and sort of expected similar charge times/rates/cords/attachments as before. Perhaps being naive, but did not expect this. Its really less flexible than the old model for a person on the go.

  • Mike95 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 8:18 PM (in response to Tokalon1999)

    The iPad's charging cable is very important.  I went from 10-12hours to roughly 5hrs for a charge from 15% to 100% (it wasn't even charging when in use originally!).  The iPad charging/synching cable has a longer rubber where the cable meets the end tips (about twice as long as the standard cables). Also, it's subtly thinner cable too.

  • Paul Burd Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 9:00 PM (in response to Tokalon1999)

    As others have mentioned, it's hugely important to use the charger and cable that came with the new iPad. Mine takes about 5.5 hours to charge (from 0-100).

     

    I'm actually surprised your computer charges it at all. Even with the original iPad Apple didn't reccomend charging from a computer as most usb ports don't have enough juice. My 2009 Macbook Pro wouldn't charge my first-generation iPad at all.

     

    You might check the specs on your car charger. If it was originally designed for an iPhone than it's not going to work too well for the new iPad.

  • Mike95 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 9:15 PM (in response to Paul Burd)

    The USB spec, if I recall correctly is 500 milliamps.  This is sufficient to power mice, usb sticks, and other low powering usb devices.  The small USB wall charger for the original iPhone I believe produces the same output.  I did purchase a 1amp USB mini carcharger which does a did a good job at charging my original iPad.  I haven't yet taken my new iPad ona  road trip, but I would imagine at a minimum it would charge while in use.

     

    Keep in mind, in outdoors, the iPad3 consumes lots of power -- primarily due to the screen automatically getting brighter to compensate for the outside ambiance or sun.  This is the primary reason why it additionally gets pretty warm.  My battery drains quickly when using it like this and consequently a cigarette lighter car charger in these circumstances may not be able to keep up.

     

    While at home, the brighness of the iPad should be subdued enough where charging progresses while in use.  I have two iPads3's in the house and both charge in their approximate 5 hours from their 15% or so.  Because of hte charging issues we've had in the past, I've left a dedicated charging station in the kitchen using the original iPAD3 cable  (rightfully labled with a tape in case it was accidentally moved) + the original iPad3 charging plug in the kitchen where each family member leaves one of the two iPads to charge -- sometimes even after work where it's ready and full in evening.

     

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