Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2012 12:14 PM (in response to malfan)
You do not need the dock to charge it. Use the power adapter and plug it into a wall socket for the fastest and best way to charge it.
If it has a charge - use it - there is no minimum charge needed. Mine was charged to about 85% out of the box.
It takes about 5-1/2 hours to charge my iPad from about 5% to 100%.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2012 12:16 PM (in response to malfan)
I would recommend running the battery all the way down. Down to the point where the iPad won't start up. You will not lose any data or files doing this.
Then do an 8 hour charge to get up to a true 100% charge. I do this overnight when I want to make sure I get a full charge.
By doing this it sets the battery meter to be more accurate. It will also help to do this occasionally, say once a month. This will help to keep your battery going for as long as possible.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2012 12:22 PM (in response to malfan)
As long as it has a charge, you can use it right away. It should have sufficient charge out of the box.
I charge my iPad every single night, BTW, no matter what is showing on the battery gauge. Before I go to bed, I plug it in to charge.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 13, 2012 12:26 PM (in response to malfan)
The dock is mostly for cosmetic reasons or for usefulness; so if the iPad is on a desk it can stand upright, without you having to hold it. You can then use a Bluetooth keyboard to input text to it much more easily and quickly than using the onscreen virtual keyboard. Furthermore, if you connect the dock to your stereo using a line-in 3.5mm cable, you can dock the iPad and all music on it will play on the stereo. But no, like the person above stated, you don't NEED the dock to charge your iPad. That's what the included power adapter is for.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 11:10 PM (in response to Demo)
New question - what do I do when the iPad won't recharge? Have plugged it into household receptacles in various locations but it won't recharge . Will discharge and sometimes gives the message " not charging" . Looking for an answer if anyone can help, please.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 23, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to malfan)
Are you using the USB wall adapter? That's only 5 watts, and is only good enough for charging iPhones, iPods, and iPad minis. For the iPad you need to use the 10W adapter with the power brick, or the 12W for the iPad 3 and later. Use the charger that came with your device; it's the one with the power brick unlike the 5W USB charger.