Do you have an iPad and find that it will not charge from your computer? You’re not alone! Many people find that they need to use a special adapter in order to charge their iPads from their computers. In this post, we’ll take a look at why this is the case and what you can do about it. Stay tuned for more tips on how to get the most out of your iPad!
An iPhone should charge fine when it is plugged into a computer’s USB port. The same holds for an iPod, a pocket camcorder, and any of countless other devices. So, what is the problem with the iPad?
The difficulty or problem is not with the iPad, however, it is with the USB port: the reason being it’s not supplying enough juice. The ports are built-in most desktops, laptops, and even powered USB hubs that do not generate the 10 watts necessary to charge an iPad’s battery. This sometimes is the reason why the ‘Not Charging’ message appears over the battery indicator. This is a definite bummer, as it signifies you won’t be able to use, say, your laptop to recharge your iPad, if you happen to be on the road. The company recommends finding an AC outlet, then using the bundled 10-watt power adapter.
Is my iPad not charging technically?
That said, these lower-powered USB ports will recharge, however, the recharge of the iPad will take place at a very, very slow rate. When the tablet’s screen is off, the battery does draw a trickle of power. When you turn the iPad back on, however, you will be able to see the ‘Not Charging’ again. (This is like you yanking open the refrigerator door to see if the light is still on.)
You should be aware that many PCs supply varying wattages through their different USB ports. Frequently the USB ports at the front of the PC have lower power than the ones at the back. Before you completely give up, maybe you should try moving to another port.
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