7 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2012 7:00 PM by Skydiver119
spoondude Level 1 (0 points)

I tried to plug in a USB powered keyboard to my I Pad 2 and got the msg. "there is not enough power to operate this device" and the keyboard does not have a power supply input or battery compartment. Is there a powered USB input connector that will power this keyboard?

iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iOS 5.1
  • sparkles5678 Level 1 (50 points)

    Is there a cord that came with the keyboard?

  • pjl123 Level 5 (6,160 points)

    You cannot plug a keyboard into the pad.  The USB connection is for the camera connection kit, for pictures and videos.


    The pad can use an external keyboard, but it wants a Bluetooth keyboard.

  • rbrylawski Level 6 (11,850 points)

    You can not plug in a USB keybaord to your iPad.  If you want a keyboard, there are many Bluetooth wireless keybaord options for iPad. 

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 (25,992 points)

    The iPad doesn't output any power through that port. Well, just enough to read from a SD card and the occasional USB flash drive.


    A couple of years ago the iPad used to be able too use USB keyboards, but not anymore. Bluetooth only.

  • spoondude Level 1 (0 points)

    In an article in August 2011 Macworld, pg 36 says you can plug a "small usb keyboard" thru Apple's I Pad camera connection kit. This is a controller keyboard for musical interface and they usually have an aux. power supply but not the one I have. I need a powered usb connector to run this keyboard.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 (13,261 points)

    Contact Macworld since they're the ones that say that it will work.

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 (25,992 points)

    It may  have worked in august 2011. I don't know exactly when the update came out, but the USB USED to put out more power but a 2011 update cut that back.


    There are a ton of sites out there citing all the things the USB on the CCK 'will do', but if you look, they're all old articles. It was about the same time that you could no longer plug your iPad into a hub or extender and have it sync right.