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Can I use my iPad while charging it?

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Mac Ken Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 8, 2011 9:05 PM
Can I use my iPad while charging it?
  • nick101 Level 4 Level 4 (3,500 points)
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    Mar 8, 2011 9:13 PM (in response to Mac Ken)
    Yes; if you have it plugged into the wall charger, it'll carry on charging, but a bit more slowly. If it's plugged into a USB port, it'll stop charging (not enough juice)
    MBP 17" 4Gb; iMac 24", 3Gb; Powerbook G4 17", 1GHz, 1Gb;iPhone iPod 80GB, Mac OS X (10.6.5), IPad 3G 64, iPhone 4
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Mar 10, 2011 9:31 PM (in response to Mac Ken)
    Which computer do you have?
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), silver mini, blue mini, green shuffle, iTunes 10.1.1, 32GB wifi iPad
  • jsapyta Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 10, 2011 10:07 PM (in response to Chris CA)
    Get yourself a 10 ft USB wire and charger, I forget who make it but I think if you in the apple store it might
    Be there, or google it.
    Pc, Windows XP, Itouch and iPad
  • Chamar Level 4 Level 4 (2,035 points)
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    Mar 10, 2011 11:01 PM (in response to nick101)
    +"Yes; if you have it plugged into the wall charger, it'll carry on charging, but a bit more slowly. If it's plugged into a USB port, it'll stop charging (not enough juice)"+


    You sure about that Nick? On my 21" & 27" iMacs my iPad will charge whilst in use and connected to a primary USB port, albeit more slowly than when not in use, but it will charge in a reasonable amount of time.

    It will never charge from any of my USB powered hubs.

    Granted, some (many?) machines will not have enough power on the USB port to charge an in use iPad but some Apple machines do. I've not tried it on my MBP.
    iMacs MacBooks (Pro/Air) iPad iPhone 3G iPods Time Capsules Airport Extreme
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,360 points)
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    Mar 11, 2011 6:38 AM (in response to Chamar)
    On my 21" & 27" iMacs my iPad will charge whilst in use and connected to a primary USB port, albeit more slowly than when not in use, but it will charge in a reasonable amount of time.

    Correct.
    -> Powering Apple and third party peripherals through USB
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.6), silver mini, blue mini, green shuffle, iTunes 10.1.1, 32GB wifi iPad
  • James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (23,090 points)
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    Mar 11, 2011 11:32 AM (in response to Chamar)
    Anecdotally (haven't done anything to really test) the iPad charge slows considerably when plugged into the USB port on the MBP +while in use+(such as synching). With no activity it does charge but at a somewhat slower slower rate than when plugged into the wall socket.

    In my case, its pretty much irrelevant - I always use the wall socket to charge.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPad, iPod, Airport Express
  • nick101 Level 4 Level 4 (3,500 points)
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    Mar 12, 2011 12:36 AM (in response to Chamar)
    Chamar wrote:
    +"Yes; if you have it plugged into the wall charger, it'll carry on charging, but a bit more slowly. If it's plugged into a USB port, it'll stop charging (not enough juice)"+


    You sure about that Nick? On my 21" & 27" iMacs my iPad will charge whilst in use and connected to a primary USB port, albeit more slowly than when not in use, but it will charge in a reasonable amount of time.

    It will never charge from any of my USB powered hubs.

    Granted, some (many?) machines will not have enough power on the USB port to charge an in use iPad but some Apple machines do. I've not tried it on my MBP.


    You're right, but from my experience you're in a small minority; so I simplified a bit (maybe a bit too much )
    MBP 17" 4Gb; iMac 24", 3Gb; Powerbook G4 17", 1GHz, 1Gb;iPhone iPod 80GB, Mac OS X (10.6.5), IPad 3G 64, iPhone 4
  • Cyn700 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 2, 2011 3:26 AM (in response to nick101)

    Mine is plugged into wall and won't charge. 

  • clairefrombangor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2011 9:28 AM (in response to Mac Ken)

    My problem is similar to the original question in that I cannot use my iPad when it is charging.  It will not recognise being touched, will not open apps and some times when I touch the screen another part of the screen will respond.  Any ideas what to do? I have just put this on another thread too, but desperate to get it working properly.  I have tried the reset option also.  Thanks!

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