Weird Charging Problem

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  1. Yakuzagang5
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    Ive had my iPad since launch a week ago, and the first charge was fine, but I've had to charge it twice since then, and I have to go through about 5-10 outlets before it'll even start charging (it usually makes the plugged in noise then just says 'Not Charging') and even then it only charges to about 80%. Is anyone else having this problem or know what to do?
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    Are you using the stock charger?
    Any power problem in your home maybe?
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    Yeah, you aren't using an iPhone or iPod charger, are you? iPads need a lot of juice and their chargers are specifically designed for them...
    The "Not Charging" message usually means you are using lower powered chargers or USB ports...
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    Nope, using the charger that came with the iPad. And never had any problem powering anything else. I don't know what to do lol
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    Bumping for help!
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    I've read about this problem, sounds like a fault with the iPad, id return it and get a replacement. Have you had an iPad before? If so did it charge ok?
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    Before going to the apple store or or returning the iPad,try running the battery all the way down,then charge it fully.It's possible that the charge indicator needs calibrating.If the problem remains,then by all means return the iPad or go to the apple store for a possible exchange.
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    @yakuza, you were using an original ipad charger, but were you using an original ipad cable, the one that came from your package? I had the same problem, & i was using my original ipad 3 charger with a third party cable. It only charged up to 88%. I used my original ipad 3 cable with my original charger, & i was able to charge up to 100%, without the "not charging" message being displayed.
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    You definitely should not be getting the "Not Charging" indicator with the official charger. It means either the iPad, Charger, or your home power supply has a problem. Since the 3rd is unlikely, I would take a trip to your nearest Apple Store and get them to look into it for you. They will likely replace it right away.
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    That actually makes sense, I might have mixed my iPhone and iPad charger cable. I'm gonna try that next time, thanks. If this doesn't help I guess I'm gonna head to the Apple store and see what they say.
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    Well I'll be damned, that worked lol staring at a pretty 100% right now and didn't have a problem getting it to start charging. Thanks!!
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    I'm really pleased you got your problem sorted. It's also a lesson in being accurate and sharing all the details to help folks resolve your problems! :D
    When you'd said to me you were using the iPad charger its a natural assumption you are also using the cable. If you'd said, I'm not using the official cable, that would have been a dead giveaway! :)
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    That's the thing though, I didn't know I wasn't using it lol I'm guessing I got the iPhone and iPad cord mixed up when I set up the iPad through iTunes and then also backed up my iPhone. I didn't even think about the cord until it was said lol
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    IME, it doesn't matter which cord I use. Maybe you have a defective cord.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012
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    I read about this issue before I actually saw it reported in this thread. So the cables may indeed have different versions.
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    One thing to add to the notes...

    The original cable that came with the iPad 1 has a short strain relief on it.
    The cable that came with the new iPad 3 has a longer strain relief and need to verify but is thinner in diameter.
    The iDevice can detect how much it can pull to recharge by the voltage level on the data pins of the USB.
    MintyBoost - The mysteries of Apple device charging
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    That's what I'm thinkin. The one included with the new iPad might be just slightly thicker or somethin along those lines, but I dont know lol
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    I have been collecting Apple cables over the years. I have them for iPad, iPods, and iPhone. And I have at least 3 different third party cables (30 pins on one end, usb on the other) and 3 different 10W chargers. IME, I can charge iPad or iPhone with any of them. The charger is what is important in terms of charging the iPad, since it needs to deliver 10W unless you want really slow charging. If they OP was having trouble before and not now, I'd look to the cable in particular, rather than assuming there is some unseen difference between these Apple cables (some do have slightly different sized 30 pin connectors and whatnot, but IME those differences are not important).
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    The cables of my original iPad and the one for iPad 3 are interchangeable for charging and syncing. But I cannot testify beyond that (such as the problem Yakuza was experiencing.)
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    @yakuza, that's great! You're welcome! :)

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