Ipad Battery

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    hello all

    I have a question about the charging the ipad.

    I have noticed that when the ipad is charging at the mains, if you start to use the ipad, the ipad doesnt seem to charge anymore.

    I find this strange because for example if i am charging my laptop battery whilst using it at the same time, my laptop battery is still being charged.

    But for my ipad, it just seems to stop on like 34% charged, or whatever it is at.

    is there a way around this? is this a fault?

    I am sure on my iphone that you can use the phone and it still charges at the same time.

    thank you all for your time
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    mine charges anytime it's plugged weather i'm using it or not.
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    Same here. I don't often use it while it's charging but I have and it does continue to charge.
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    do you guys find that it takes along time to charge? roughly how long does it take you guys to charge fully from about 10% to 100% full?
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    I dont see the situation, i guess you'd better take it to the Apple service center ...
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    It takes me abut 3 hours to get 100% from 0%, sometimes longer because I us the iPad while it's charging
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    I would say that sounds right. I'd also advise you not to run it down to zero, at least not on a regular basis.

    Lithium batteries do not have memory like the old nicad batteries so you can charge them anytime you feel like it.
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    A quick couple questions for you:

    1. Are you charging it through a computer's USB port?

    2. Are you using an iPhone or iPod touch's charging adapter instead of the larger, more powerful charging unit that came with the iPad?

    3. Have you recently used any travel voltage/amperage adapters with your iPad?

    The iPad will still charge via USB or with chargers designed for the iPhone/iPod, however, the wattage is twice that compared to the one included with an iPhone, and has a higher amperage rating (2.1A). USB ports also work, but charge at a slower rate than using the supplied charger.

    If you using the charger that came with your iPad, and are noticing longer than usual charging times, make an appointment with your nearest Apple store's Genius Bar, where they can check it for you. Make sure you do one last sync with your computer before going, as they may replace your iPad under warranty if it indeed is not taking a charge properly.

    After my wife traveled to Europe with our iPad, upon returning to the US, we noticed that our ipad was intermittently taking a charge and/or charging very slowly - so we made an appt at our closest Apple store's Genius bar, and upon verifying the charging problem, replaced my iPad with a new one.

    I cannot tell you what they will do for you when you go and see them, as it is up to the techs that look at your device, but they have the tools and the knowhow to diagnose and troubleshoot Apple products better than anyone.
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    Did you mean to quote me there?

    No to those questions...I thought 3 hours was a good amount to charge the iPad?
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    Oops, I meant to quote Romeolo888.
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    Actually Apple recommends that you do exactly that, once a month:

    Apple - Batteries - iPad
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    What's the best percentage to let the iPad run down to? 5%-10%?
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    i charge through the mains, and i am sure my ipad didnt come with a charger, just a usb cable, do you have a picture of what charger you are talking about so i can be certain.

    :)
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    I charge the iPad through my PC's USB.
    Works great with the Asus application
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    great app this asus, i can charge my ipad now though the laptop hehe..

    thanks again
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    This is the charger that is supplied in all US sold iPad boxes:

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    http://www.apple.com/batteries/ipad.html

    Apple iPad 10W USB Power Adapter - Apple Store (U.S.)
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    Hi everyone, I have a little question. I'm a proud owner of an Ipad. Bought it couple of months ago. usually I'm waiting till the battery is dead to fully charge it again and I'm charging it to full (100%) every time. Unfortunately, this morning when my Ipad was still plugged, someone from my family unplugged the charger when the battery was only 60% charged. How it will affect Ipad's battery life? I'm really concerned. Thanks for your help guys:)
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    Nothing to be concerned about. The Li-Po battery is memory-free, and can be charged from any %. Apple does recommend a full power cycle at least once a month. They also recommend not to leave it charged constantly, as the electrons need to keep flowing.

    Your battery is designed to last approximately 1000 full charge cycles. Disconnecting mid-cycle won't harm yor battery life, and does not count as a full charge cycle.

    Here is a link directly to Apple's website regarding battery FAQ's: Apple - Batteries - iPad
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    So glad I found this thread. I had no idea I should let it drain completely once a month. I knew there was no memory like the old batteries but I had no idea it was "healthy" for my iPad to let it drain completely. Good info and great job sourcing it.

    Rachelle Butts
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    I believe the reason a full monthly discharge is recommended is to keep the battery meter calibrated. If having your meter off by a few percentage points doesn't really matter to you then you don't need to make a special effort to perform a full discharge at all. Just use your Ipad and charge it when needed.
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