Does anyone have an extra long Apple charging cable?

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    If so, where did you get it from? I'm talking about 10+ feet. The Bluetooth keyboard really drains the battery and I wouldn't mind having the iPad plugged into the wall while using it, but the cable the comes with the charger isn't long enough.

    Could I just get something like this:

    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F3U134-10-Extension-Cable-10-Feet/dp/B00001ZWXA[/ame]
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    I think that is what extension cords are for. Just a plain old electrical extension cord, that when you don't need it you can unplug.
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    I'd rather not use the extension cord. Reason being, cheap extension cords look like crap whereas a white USB extension cord would look normal, if that makes sense. Plus I'd rather have the power block plugged into the wall instead of resting somewhere between the table and the wall....
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    Well then I think the one you have pictured should suit, unless you want it in white instead of the gray. I have a similar cable, in fact in white I think, that I use to locate my printers in a closet in the office. But it's at least 6 years old and I have no idea where I bought it.
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    Like this.
    Cables To Go USB Extension Cable - 26686 - Buy.com

    You are only using it to charge. I don't think you'll notice that much of a problem with the voltage dropping over a 10 or 15 foot run. As I said, I have about 15 to 20 of cable between my computer and the printers and don't notice a problem. I do use self powered hubs to boost the signal.
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    Maximum Lengths
    According to USB.org, USB operating specifications limit the maximum length of the cable to 5 meters for full speed devices and 3 meters for any low speed devices. 5 meters is around 16 feet 5 inches, and 3 meters is around 9 feet 10 inches.
    Full Speed vs. Low Speed
    Full speed devices are devices that typically require an external power supply and are sending and receiving larger amounts of data. Low speed devices can be powered by the USB connection itself. An example of a full speed or externally powered USB device would be an external hard drive. An example of a low speed or USB-powered device is a USB mouse or an MP3 player.

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    Matt, I have a couple of those USB extension cables. They work perfectly. I got mine off ebay.
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    Great, thanks. So I should assume I can get one of those 10ft white extensions since it is a full speed device...
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    I have no need for that, but thanks.
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    No prob. One never knows what kind of setup/needs people have, so I just threw out this product link that I found and saved a few weeks ago.

    I haven't had the need for it yet either. But eventually I might get annoyed with how short my Apple AV cable set is and my iPad sits exposed on the fireplace while I output video to the tv. Or if I decide to use my Onkyo dock more with my iPhone/iPad, this would come in handy.

    I wouldn't be able to solve those problems with just a USB extension cable.
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    I seem to remember Radio Shack has them too. Probably not the cheapest, but their cable quality is usually good. Different colors to as I remember. Reasonable return rights and available right away.
    YMMD
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    I should also add, in case you need one right away, I got a white USB M/F 5 footer at my local dollar store, and yes it is only a buck, im gonna look for it now, I never thought of just getting a USB extender to increase length of AC adaptor, I just bought some cheap ac adapters for ipad on ebay, only like 3 bucks each, but are longer than the ac adapter that came with ipad, but is strictly just ac adapter, cannot disconn. to be a usb cable like the one that comes with ipad..
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    Thanks for the idea about the dollar store but I already placed my order :(
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    All those length issues are relevant only for the issue of data transmission (basically capacitance of the cable), and are irrelevant for the purposes of charging, which is DC. As long as the ipad isn't going to be drawing 5-10amps or more, and it isn't, there should be no problem with quite long lengths, 50feet even, depending on the gauge of the wires...
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    Sounds like you already ordered a USB extension (which btw, is what I use, and it works fine), but jest in case, I thought I'd give you (or anyone else) a link to MonoPrice: USB Cables

    Monoprice should be anyone's go-to place for any cords/cables from computer, to tv, or anything else. Their quality is great, and their prices are hard to beat, and their selection is 2nd to none.

    And btw, in case anybody thinks I'm spamming for them, I'm not, and actually have nothing to do with them. They're very well known in the A/V industry, and I was recommended to them a few years ago when I got my first HDTV
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    I bought two 6' iPad cables from Monoprice, total cost $5.01 to the house.
    These cables are only 5 watt but they still charge while the iPad is in use, so I guess they will work as long as I don't need a quick charge when battery level gets way down.
    Dan

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