I'm really new. I purchased my Mini yesterday and I'm trying to find my way around it. The Apple Store "synched" the Mini's email component with my email on my PC (I haven't made the big jump to send this from my Mini, so this is a PC transmission). Perhaps these are the simplest questions of all: 1. I'm used to electronic devices indicating, almost always with a green light or yellow light, the fact that they are charging (my cameras, my one cell phone, etc). I've attached the Apple adaptor cord to the USB slot in the charger, the charger into an AC outlet, and the mini USB-type connector into the iPad Mini. No light anywhere on the Mini seems to light up but the display is now on with its initial sets of "apps." Am I charging the Mini? If so, how will I be able to tell when it's fully charged? (The Apple Store guy said it should take about 8 hours.) 2, I purchased from the Apple Store a fairly nice little padded case to hold the Mini. The Mini is every bit as slippery as, for example, Consumer Reports said it was and I feel a bit more comforatble keeping it in the case as long as the Mini is fully functional. Am I not seeing a charging light because the Mini is in the case? Is it okay to keep the Mini in the case all the time? This is a big conceptual and functional jump (or at least a supplement) for me and my first glance at the PDF manual has not helped much with these questions.