7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2013 12:28 AM by crh24
myfaithinappledwindlingsadly Level 1 (0 points)

This ipad 2 wifi loses it's charge even while plugged in.  Is that normal?  It takes a very long time to charge when turned off. 

It's been like this since I bought it in Oct 2012 but I'm using it a lot more and hence the short battery life is a real bother! Has anyone experienced/fixed this issue?

I'm a longtime Apple fan but this is just brutal. 


iPad 2, iOS 6.1
  • Moeshraim Level 1 (0 points)

    check the power button and , kill all apps you are not using in the multitask switcher, and if you are charging your ipad with an iphone charger use the ipad charger its better for the ipad.

    hope i helped you

  • crh24 Level 3 (920 points)

    What charger are you using?  I ask because the symptoms you describe are those to be expected if the iPad is plugged into an iPhone charger or into a Mac computer for charging.  Charge time will also be increased if you have the GPS active--even if the iPad display is off--because GPS is a battery hog but it should still charge easily with the iPad charger.

     

    If you are using the 10 Watt charger that comes with the iPad then the charger, USB cable, or iPad is likely defective.

  • Rudegar Level 7 (25,505 points)

    most computers don't provide enough power to charge ipads

    if one use the ac charger it would not happen

  • myfaithinappledwindlingsadly Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not charging off a laptop.  Its plugged into the wall.  All apps are closed/off, including GPS. 

    How do you tell if its a 5 watt or a 10 watt??

    I have bought several chargers because the iphone 5 battery ***** as well.  

  • crh24 Level 3 (920 points)

    The 10 (and new 12) watt chargers are about 1.75 in. by 1.75 in by just over an inch.  They also have the power rating inscribed on the case.

     

    The iPhone charger is a small cube that's about 1 in. x 1. in x 1.1 in.  It does not supply enough current for charging an iPad.

     

    If you have a third party charger look for the current rating.  It should be labelled.  .5 amp is good enough for an iPhone but at least .750 amp is required to just begin to charge an iPad--2 amps is ideal for the iPad 2.  The 12 watt charge arrived on the scene with the iPad 4th gen which has a larger battery.  It supplies 2.4 amp.  The original iPad charger (10 W) supplies 2 amps.

     

    You can see a picture of both iPad and iPhone chargers here.

  • myfaithinappledwindlingsadly Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks everyone!

    I had no idea there was a difference.  Using the 10 now.  Can the 10 be used with the iphone 5?

    Seems weird there is a 5 and a 10... Why not just one. Economics maybe?

    Thank you again, its charging (slowly) now instead of diminishing.

  • crh24 Level 3 (920 points)

    myfaithinappledwindlingsadly wrote:

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    Can the 10 be used with the iphone 5?

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    Yes.  So can the 12.

     

    myfaithinappledwindlingsadly wrote:

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    Seems weird there is a 5 and a 10... Why not just one. Economics maybe?

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    Speculation as to why Apple keeps both around is really against the TOC for these forums, besides, Apple is the only one who would really know and they aren't saying.