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What do you guys use to charge your ipad?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by MJS395, Jun 11, 2011.

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    Hello, i have a first gen ipad and the charging cable with the brick is too short, is the apple 6ft charger cable my best bet? Or is there other options?
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    I use a load of usb 2 extension cables, i could if i wanted keep the ipad connected to the psu on the second floor whilst lounging in the garden and playing with the ipad lol

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    Do the usb connectors decrese the power traveling through them or does the chrge time stay the same?
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    As far as i know, the current flowing through them should be the same

    Don't have a multimeter to check though, although i'd guess it'll be the same as using mains extension cables

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    Any increase in cable length will increase the charging time, however, unless you have exceptioinaly poor quality extender cables, or extend it rediculously far, like to another room, I the difference should not be significant.

    Unless you get into a chargin contest with a sib, of course. {sings} anything you can charge, I can charge faster
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    I got a 6ft extension cord I found from dorm throw aways

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    From my experience, an extension will increase charge time. It probably depends on the length and quality of the extension. For instance, I have a Griffin PowerBlock charger that's been tested as the fastest iPad charger by Wired or some such magazine. I also verified the charge time against the OEM iPad charger. When I used an extension with the PowerBlock, it took significantly longer to charge my iPad. So I stopped using the extender. I didn't bother looking for another that might've performed better.
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    I agree. They usually aren't as hi quality. As crappy as apple cords are they do the job.

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    I use the 10ft. Griffin cable from Mobilefun.co.uk.
    It has the correct electric spec to charge the iPad2 and is long enough to allow use of the iPad while charging. Good quality if a bit expensive.
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    The best extension is an Electrcal extension cord

    A commercially available 110 V. or 220 V. extension cord is the best extension one can use. Any power loss will be negligable, other portable devices can be pluged in it, it may be the least costly, and can serve other uses around the house if needed.
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    And that is probably the best answer of the bunch.
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    Boy, you sure got that right! Every single charging cable I've had for my iPhone, MacBook Pro and iPod Touch has failed. Though line resistance is an issue with longer cables I still like having one for convenience. Especially when I travel.
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    My first iPhone charger split in half, it was the first time any phone charger did that. I only had it for a few months at that point. Apple was great, and replaced it for me on the spot.

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    I have a Kensington brand replacement AC adaptor for my netbook. The side of it has a USB port, which gives me better length than before.

    I wouldn't mind a few more feet, but since it charges the same time I do (i.e., sleep,) it doesn't really matter :D.
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    I did that in my office, where I was able to hide the extension cord and the Apple charger under a bookcase, leaving only the iPad plug end exposed.

    One thing I've done with all my iOS cables: I dripped a tiny bump of nail polish on the underside of the end that goes into the device. That way, I can just touch and immediately know which way to plug. Works great, especially in darker settings.
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