2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2013 4:07 PM by RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRzzzzzz
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So my old charger that came with the Ipad broke a while ago so I'm using  an iPhone 5 charger from my mom's phone and its been working fine until  today. My mom usually uses the charger when she's sleeping or after she  comes back from work so i had to charge it and this morning and when i  plugged it in, it started to disconnect itself and then start charging  for five seconds and stop again so i restarted it and that helped(thank  god) but my bro used its battery's so it was dead so i charged it right  when i got home(like 10(?) minutes after it died) and the charging  problem started up again so i restarted it again and it shows the  lightning bolt but I've been charging it for 3-4 hours now but it still  shows the lightning bolt thing? Any suggestions? will a new charger  help? Cause I'm gonna buy a new one tomorrow probably.

Reply by Texas Mac Man on Jul 9, 2013 1:54 PM Helpful

The iPhone charger doesn't provide enough power. You can plug into the USB poer on your computer, but it will take a long time to charge.


The quickest way (and really the only way) to charge your iPad is with the included 10W or 12W (5W on Mini) 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 (2.5W, 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%.

How to Calibrate Your Mac, iPhone, or iPad Battery



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/

New iPad Takes Much Longer to Charge Than iPad 2

http://www.iphonehacks.com/2012/03/new-ipad-takes-much-longer-to-charge-than-ipa d-2.html


Apple Batteries - iPad http://www.apple.com/batteries/ipad.html


iPhone: Hardware troubleshooting (Power/Battery section also applies to iPad)



Extend iPad Battery Life (Look at pjl123 comment)



New iPad Slow to Recharge, Barely Charges During Use

http://www.pcworld.com/article/252326/new_ipad_slow_to_recharge_barely_charges_d uring_use.html


iPad: Charging the battery



Best Practices for iPad Battery Charging

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/best-practices-for-ipad-batte ry-charging/


Tips About Charging for New iPad 3

http://goodscool-electronics.blogspot.com/2012/04/tips-about-charging-for-new-ip ad-3.html


How to Save and Prolong the battery life of your new ipad



Prolong battery lifespan for iPad / iPad 2 / iPad 3: charging tips



iPhone, iPod, Using the iPad Charger



Install and use Battery Doctor HD



To Extend a Device’s Battery Life, Get to Know It Better



iPad Battery Replacement



In rare instances when using the Camera Connection Kit, you may notice that iPad does not charge after using the Camera Connection Kit. Disconnecting and reconnecting the iPad from the charger will resolve this issue.


 Cheers, Tom

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