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Using iPad charger w/ iPhone 3GS

22232 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2010 5:31 AM by omo RSS
romad Level 3 Level 3 (590 points)
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May 26, 2010 8:02 AM
Is it safe to do so? I'd like to carry only one charger.
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  • Swizzlar Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    May 26, 2010 8:57 AM (in response to romad)
    my experience with electrical devices is to always use the correct charger to charge your device. the ipad charger is a 10v charger while the iphone charger is a 5v. so use a 5v charger for your iphone and 10v for your ipad. i read a couple of threads where users used a wrong charger and it burnt out the ops iphone.
    Dell Inspiron 531, Windows Vista, Pc 2GB Ram 700GB Hard Drive ,16GB Iphone 3Gs
  • prk60091 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    May 26, 2010 2:41 PM (in response to Swizzlar)
    so far i have had "no issues" charging my 3gs with my ipad charger (i've had the ipad since launch day and i've had my 3gs since last july)
    macbo0k, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 32GB 3Gs iPhone 64GB iPad
  • celliott147 Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
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    May 26, 2010 2:57 PM (in response to romad)
    If you use only one charger, use the iPhone charger...better a slow charge on your iPad than a fried iPhone...
    13" MacBook Pro, 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 64GB iPad 3G (OS 3.2); 32GB iPhone 3GS (OS 3.1.3); 30GB HP iPod Photo
  • Joshua Wein1 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    May 29, 2010 5:53 AM (in response to Swizzlar)
    I'm sorry but you are wrong.

    Both chargers are 5 VOLT. one is 5 watts and one is 10 watts. These are based on maximum amperages before the voltage drops. If you put an iPhone on the ipads charger it will see 5 volts as it always does. It has an inherent internal resistance and will draw a specific amount of amperage and hence power from the charger.
    Mac Pro 2.8 GHz 8 core, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • erre.pi Calculating status...
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    Jun 1, 2010 1:55 PM (in response to Joshua Wein1)
    So Joshua, you are saying that it shouldn't be a problem to use the iPad charger with an iPhone 3GS?

    I thought so, but wanted to double check.

    MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • omo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 14, 2010 5:31 AM (in response to erre.pi)
    Check: "Myth: iPad charger blowing up iPhone"


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