11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2010 2:34 PM by Bill Aviles
mapex_venus Level 1 (5 points)
I just noticed that even the little battery icon in the top right does not show the 'lightning bolt' while charging. Instead, it displays a power plug. If i unplug and reinsert the charging cable the icon briefly changed back into the lightning bolt but then switches back to the plug. Why is this?

MacBook Pro, iPhone 4, Mac Mini, iPad 16 GB 3G + WiFi
  • lllaass Level 10 (176,163 points)
    I think the plug means that it is fully charged. When you unplug it what charge is indicated on the iPad?
  • mapex_venus Level 1 (5 points)
    lllaass wrote:
    I think the plug means that it is fully charged. When you unplug it what charge is indicated on the iPad?

    90% when i made this posting. I also noticed that the device continues to charge (it is now 97%), but still displaying the plug icon.
  • Bill Aviles Level 2 (215 points)
    No. Most USB ports can't supply the voltage needed to charge an iPad. I think only newer Macs can for the most part. I have the original Mac Pro, and the same thing happens. In time, my iPad "charges" despite there not being a lightning bolt. I put "charges" in quotes because I don't really think it charges. After using it for a few minutes, the battery meter drops like a rock, from 100% to 90%. When I use the wall charger, this sudden drop never happens.
  • mapex_venus Level 1 (5 points)
    How about the charger supplied by apple with the iPad? Does that have issues too? That is the charger i am experiencing this with.
  • Bill Aviles Level 2 (215 points)
    Yeah, that sounds weird. The lightning bolt should appear when charging, and the plug should only appear when it's done. Is it possible that you're using a normal iPod charger?
  • mapex_venus Level 1 (5 points)
    Bill Aviles wrote:
    Yeah, that sounds weird. The lightning bolt should appear when charging, and the plug should only appear when it's done. Is it possible that you're using a normal iPod charger?

    I am using the 10W charger that came with the iPad.
  • Bill Aviles Level 2 (215 points)
    Well, you say that it's charging, but it sounds as if it's charging at a lower rate. Maybe the charger is bad. If I was in your shoes, I'd do a restore of the iPad, just to make sure that there's nothing wrong with the OS. Then if the problem still occurs, I'd make an appointment at an Apple store and have them try a different adapter.

    This discussion is interesting / charging times:

    http://www.tuaw.com/2010/07/11/usb-vs-ac-outlet-charging-on-the-iphone-4/
  • mapex_venus Level 1 (5 points)
    Bill Aviles wrote:
    Well, you say that it's charging, but it sounds as if it's charging at a lower rate. Maybe the charger is bad. If I was in your shoes, I'd do a restore of the iPad, just to make sure that there's nothing wrong with the OS. Then if the problem still occurs, I'd make an appointment at an Apple store and have them try a different adapter.

    This discussion is interesting / charging times:

    http://www.tuaw.com/2010/07/11/usb-vs-ac-outlet-charging-on-the-iphone-4/

    Thank you for the suggestion.

    Do you mean restore as in do a factory reset or restore from backup?
  • Bill Aviles Level 2 (215 points)
    I'd do a factory reset, just to be sure. You can always restore from a backup later. But before you do that, there's another person with charger issues on this forum

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2502050&tstart=0

    Maybe there's a batch of bad adapters out there.
  • mapex_venus Level 1 (5 points)
    Bill Aviles wrote:
    I'd do a factory reset, just to be sure. You can always restore from a backup later. But before you do that, there's another person with charger issues on this forum

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2502050&tstart=0

    Maybe there's a batch of bad adapters out there.

    Thank you for your response, and for the link to the other post. I have made an appointment with the Apple store for this weekend and will take my device in.

    I will also perform a factory reset on my iPad, but wanted to ask whether this would affect my ATT data plan. As in, will I lose the 30 days I have paid for?

    thanks again!
  • Bill Aviles Level 2 (215 points)
    I don't know for sure (the iPad is my first cellular device)- but I really, really doubt it. The SIM card is what determines all that stuff - and that stays constant no matter what you do to your iPad. Short of setting it on fire, that is.