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Why does the adapter/recharger plug get so hot?

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TTTTrina Calculating status...
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May 13, 2011 7:07 PM

When we recharge the iPad2, the adapter plug gets very hot, even if the iPad is turned off. I always plug it into a surge protector, but it concerns me...

is this normal?

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  • rbrylawski Level 6 Level 6 (10,785 points)
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    May 13, 2011 7:13 PM (in response to TTTTrina)

    You say it get's VERY hot?  As in too hot to touch?  If that is the case, it is not normal.  The supplied 10W charger does get warm, but not too warm to touch........

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    May 13, 2011 8:17 PM (in response to rbrylawski)

    rbrylawski wrote:

     

    You say it get's VERY hot?  As in too hot to touch?  If that is the case, it is not normal.  The supplied 10W charger does get warm, but not too warm to touch........

    Yeah, what he said.

  • Vorksholk Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2011 9:19 PM (in response to TTTTrina)

    Yes, it is perfectly normal for power adapters (including the iPad included 10W adapter) to get considerably warm

    (to the point where you would not want to hold your hand on it for an extended period of time). I've had my fair share of power adapters over the years, and it seems the lower-end PC ones tend to get extremely hot (where you would not want to hold them in your hand for an extended period of time), but never to the point where it would be unbearable to hold in my hand.

     

    If, indeed, it is too hot to hold or touch, then please make sure it has proper ventilation. Make sure it is not covered by a blanket or sheet, make sure it is not in a cramped corner, etc. If the overheating issue continues, assuming your device is under warranty, take the power adapter to Apple.

     

    As far as this being a concern about like burning down your house, it will certainly not get to that point. More than likely, the worst that could happen is the power adapter overheats and dies, but please again check to make sure the power adapter is plugged in right, and has proper ventilation . . . two very important things.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    May 14, 2011 8:07 AM (in response to TTTTrina)

    TTTTrina wrote:

     

    I always plug any of them into surge protectors  just to be safe ...

    Certainly that doesn't hurt but it's not necessary.

  • Dan2003 Calculating status...
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    Jul 31, 2013 1:18 PM (in response to TTTTrina)

    My ipad 4 power adapter gets unbearably hot sometimes I have tho leave it to cool down before I can touch it and once I almost burnt myself on it I want to take it back to apple to see if they will give me a new one or an explanation but I'm afraid if I do they will just give me a whole new I pad and then I have to go thought downloading everything and going through the settings it too much hard work.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Jul 31, 2013 1:20 PM (in response to Dan2003)

    Dan2003 wrote:

     

    My ipad 4 power adapter gets unbearably hot sometimes I have tho leave it to cool down before I can touch it and once I almost burnt myself on it I want to take it back to apple to see if they will give me a new one or an explanation but I'm afraid if I do they will just give me a whole new I pad and then I have to go thought downloading everything and going through the settings it too much hard work.

    If you do regular syncs as recommended there would be no problem duplicating the info on a new iPad.  However, it's academic in this case.  You're not going to get a replacement iPad if only the charger is defective.

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