7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2012 4:32 PM by Philly_Phan
Fubs Level 1 (0 points)

So I took the plunge into iPad world and got the 64 gig  Verizon 4g version.  The night I got it ( Tuesday ) after playing with it for a while, I tried to plug it in overnight to charge it with the AC adapter.   It wouldn't give me the charging acknowledgment on screen in the first two wall outlets I tried, finally plugged it into a surge protector and it worked.  This being my first iPad I thought maybe it was being finicky about the power.    Faster forward to this morning, I forgot to plug it in overnight, and tried every outlet and surge protector in the house, to no avail.    I plugged it in using the same cord minus the AC adapter to my PC and got the "Not charging " Message.   ONLY after doing this was I able to get this thing to start charging using the AC adapter.  


So my question is this....  Is this normal?    I really don't want to have some modified OCD dance everytime I need to charge this **** thing.


Is it the iPad itself acting up, which I suspect, or the USB to AC 10w adapter?


Again, first time owner so be gentle.

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G (Verizon)
  • b j t Level 4 (3,670 points)
  • Ralph9430 Level 6 (17,636 points)

    I'd give it one more try. Make sure the charger connects firmly into the wall outlet. If you still have a problem getting the iPad to start charging then take your iPad to an Apple store for a consultation.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)

    Sometime the iPad will not indicate it's charging, when using the AC adapter, for the first 15-20 minutes.


    The quickest way (and really the only way) to charge your iPad is with the included 10W USB Power Adapter. iPad will also charge, although more slowly, when attached to a computer with a high-power USB port (many recent Mac computers) or with an iPhone Power Adapter (5W). When attached to a computer via a standard USB port (most PCs or older Mac computers) iPad will charge very slowly (but iPad indicates not charging). Make sure your computer is on while charging iPad via USB. If iPad is connected to a computer that’s turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, the iPad battery will continue to drain.


    Apple recommends that once a month you let the iPad fully discharge & then recharge to 100%.


    At this link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/galaxy-tab-android-tablet,3014-11.html , tests show that the iPad 2 battery (25 watt-hours) will charge to 90% in 3 hours 1 minute. It will charge to 100% in 4 hours 2 minutes. The new iPad has a larger capacity battery (42 watt-hours), so using the 10W charger will obviously take longer. If you are using your iPad while charging, it will take even longer. It's best to turn your new iPad OFF and charge over night. Also look at The iPad's charging challenge explained http://www.macworld.com/article/1150356/ipadcharging.html


    Also, if you have a 3rd generation iPad, look at Apple: iPad Battery Nothing to Get Charged Up About

    http://allthingsd.com/20120327/apple-ipad-battery-nothing-to-get-charged-up-abou t/

    Apple Explains New iPad's Continued Charging Beyond 100% Battery Level

    http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/27/apple-explains-new-ipads-continued-charging- beyond-100-battery-level/


     Cheers, Tom

  • 4options Level 1 (55 points)

    To me it sounds like the key is the fact that you unplugged the charge cable from the charger to test it on a pc, then plugged the cable back into the charger and it worked.  That tells me there was a high probability that the cable was not firmly pushed into the charger, and you fixed that by unplugging it then plugging it in again.



    What you are describing is in no way normal.  If you make sure the cable is firmly connected to the ipad, and firmly inserted into the charger then made sure the plug has its prongs properly extended and firmly connected to the outlet you should have no problems at all.  If you do, then you have faulty hardware and should have it replaced.

  • Fubs Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for the replies....went to the Apple store and it turned out to be a bad cord.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,211 points)

    Texas Mac Man wrote:


    Sometime the iPad will not indicate it's charging, when using the AC adapter, for the first 15-20 minutes.

    I've never seen that but, having said that, I rarely look.  I plug it in to the charger in the bedroom and go to sleep.  It's charged in the morning.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,211 points)

    Fubs wrote:


    thanks for the replies....went to the Apple store and it turned out to be a bad cord.

    That makes more sense.