iPad won't charge

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  1. Humann

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    So I got this nice, ued iPad 1 about four or five months ago. It's always been a little persnickety about what charger I use; for instance, it has always rejected the genuine Apple charger I have for my fourth generation iPod, but it has always worked with the third-party charger I got for it on eBay, as well as the charger for my Motorola smart phone. But as of this morning, every charger I plug it into, including my MacBook Pro, gives me the message "Charging not supported with this device". The battery is presently at 47%. Is there anything I can do to reverse this situation or do I just enjoy the iPad until the battery dies and then toss it and remember not to buy another used iPad?
     
  2. HardMetalAlchemy

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    There's been a lot of controversy in the news in the past couple of weeks in regards to the use of 3rd party chargers. Apple says that you should only use official Apple chargers. The ipad uses a 10w charger, so you should probably use that. Any other alternative would make charging extremely slow and inefficient, and possibly dangerous.
     
  3. Richard Brown

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    Hi Humann,

    Did you buy your iPad as an apple refurb through an Apple store? If so, it should still be under warranty and you may need to take the matter up with your store.

    It's just a thought - if all else fails.

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    Hi Humana - welcome to the forum! :) I'd have to agree w/ the first responder, i.e. the first generation iPads (I own an iPad 2) use a power adapter that is 10W (i.e. 5V x 2 amps) w/ a 30-pin docking adapter. Your iPod adapter is likely 5W and will not charge the iPad (also have an iPod Touch 2G w/ the same 'power'). As stated, 3rd party power adapters are a questionable purchase and will often fail to work w/ the iPad (just check out some of the reviews on Amazon). Concerning your Motorola smart phone adapter, I would assume that power is not 10W (and you must have some type 30-ping conversion adapter - not sure?). When using an USB port on a computer for charging, the power supplied by that port frequently is not adequate (the standards vary and newer USB ports support higher power). I would first suggest obtaining the appropriate charger for testing the iPad or take the device to an Apple store and let the 'geniuses' perform a check - good luck!
     
  5. Humann

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    Thanks for the responses. I got the device on eBay from Gazelle. It did not come with a charger. The third-party charger is indeed 10w. It's worked just fine since April--up until today. The Motorola charger has a USB port on it and a removable USB cable for the phone. It has also worked fine with the iPad, using an iPod/iPad 30-pin USB cable in place of the USB/micro USB cable that came with it for the phone. There are no markings on it to indicate the wattage. I hate sitting around at the Apple store, but I guess I'll take it up there for them to check out. I'm sure they'll want to sell me a genuine Apple charger at a fully inflated price.
     
  6. HardMetalAlchemy

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    Let us know how it goes
     
  7. Humann

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    I messed with the third-party charger and finally moved it to a different outlet. It's now charging in the kitchen. Not a total fix, but I'll take it for now. I've got a genuine Apple charger (part no. A1357 MC359LL/A) on my eBay watch list used for $6.39 with free shipping. I'll probably pull the trigger on that and see if it works better than what I've got.
     
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    Good luck.
     
  9. Humann

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    Okay, this is totally nuts, but I think I fixed the third-party charger. That charger is designed just like a genuine Apple unit, so much so that the removable plug insert (the part that actually connects to the 110v outlet) from my old school iPod charger would fit it. I swapped the two and the genuine Apple insert actually fits the third-party charger more snugly than the one that came with it. The third-party insert works just fine with the old iPod charger also. Go figure...

    Of course, I figured all this out after I ordered the OEM charger from eBay, so now I'll have two. And that ain't such a bad thing.
     
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    A spare always comes in handy; I have 4!
     

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