Need to charge iPad 1 while it is connected to PC

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    I have my iPad 1 set up as an external display for my PC, but it does not charge because my USB ports do not put off enough power. I've tried every port on my PC and my port replicator with no success. I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to charge it while it is connected to my computer. I searched for split cables (one male to iPad and 2 male USBs) with no success. I am open to any suggestions.

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    OK - first, does the 2010 model iPad 1 charge w/ a standard cable hooked to AC power? Second, if the device is still chargeable, then why not use an AC power adapter w/ the appropriate 30 pin adapter? Dave :
     
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    It does charge with AC power. Since it is so old I only use it as an external display, but I constantly have to turn it off to charge it back up (because it is so old it does not hold a charge at all)- I was wondering if there is a way to have it hooked up so that it is always charging and connected to my pc.
     
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    You could probably get it to work with a powered USB hub. Many of them have at least one 2A USB port used to power or charge periferials. Read the specs before buying.

    However, there is no guarantee. While a USB hub should be transparent to the computer, slight data delays or inconsistent standard support can make some combinations of hub, computer, and and iPad unreliable. The only way to find out is try, or find someone with a setup that is known to work.

    Or buy from a store that has a no questions asked return policy. That would give you a few days to decide if the setup works.
     
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    Thank you. I bought a standard female to male y cable with male to male cables going to the pc and AC adapter, but I am not sure it will work. I will try the powered USB hub. Thank you!
     
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    For an iPad device of that age, the battery may be the issue despite recharging on AC - I would suggest that you download Coconut Battery - open the app on your computer w/ the iPad cabled - then click the iOS Device tab (see the screen capture from the link) - this will provide useful information on the charge cycles and the 'battery health) - in general, an iPad battery after 500 or more 'complete cycles' should maintain about 80% of its original capacity - if your load cycle is a lot more and if your 'battery health' is LOW, then that may be the issue - you're likely dealing w/ an antique device and should probably consider obtaining a newer model. Dave :)
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    You're welcome. Please let us know how things work out.
     
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    I particularly like the "antique" description!
     
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    Apple classifies it's older hardware as Vintage or Obsolete Products - see quote below (Source) - the original iPad is now listed there as 'Vintage' in the USA & Turkey, and 'Obsolete' in the rest of the world. I thought that 'Antique' was a kinder description - ;) Dave

     
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    The iPad 1 should be able to take a charge off a standard USB Port on a PC, it's the 3rd gen and up that needed more juice.
     
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