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    Default Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    My iPad takes a very long time to charge - Does anyone know why - Written to help and assist the members with problems with their devices.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    I depends on how long you have had it and the model. If it is an old iPad and has gone through many cycles or charges and getting old - It may call for a new battery. Take it to an Apple store and let them test it out to see if it needs a new battery.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Throwing the iPad in Airplane mode will make it charge faster
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    What charger are you using? If you use the 12 W one it chargers a lot faster.


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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Because it has a big battery. My iPad mini first gen takes about 8 hours to charge, but I can get about 15 hours of use out of it. You'll sacrifice charge time for battery life (Usually).


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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Quote Originally Posted by the_tech_eater View Post
    Because it has a big battery. My iPad mini first gen takes about 8 hours to charge, but I can get about 15 hours of use out of it. You'll sacrifice charge time for battery life (Usually).


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    I have an iPad mini first gen and it takes about 3.5 hours to charge. I'm using the 12 W charger. I can't remember how long it takes to charge with the standard charger.


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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    My new iPad mini with retina display was taking a long time to charge, reading other posts I figured it out, I was using the charger from my 5S. I like to keep all the accessories that comes with my new devices in the original box and unused. I have so many cables and charges. The problem is the iPad mini charger is designed to charge the iPad mini, use it, charges twice as fast.
    I haven't been able to get any sleep, up all night using my new iPad mini with retina display in white & silver with 128gb of internal storage. Great Device. Thank You Apple.


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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Like others have said, outside of issues with owning it and charging a long time (wearing out), the battery in the iPad is monstrous compared to the iPhone's battery in terms of capacity. Keep in mind that the iPad battery has to have enough juice to power a 10 inch screen vs. the 5 inch screen on the iPhone. As such the battery is taxed much more in the iPad vs. the iPhone to run that display and therefore has to have much more capacity.

    To put it into car terms, it's like you're filling up a 100 gallon fuel tank on fill up vs. filling up a 10 gallon fuel tank. More to charge, longer to do it.

    Also, make sure you're using the iPad charger, and not the iPhone charger. Both will charge it but the iPhone one takes longer.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    I use the adapter & connect my charging block to my Plug Bug or directly to the extension cord of my MBA or MBP & it charges in a little over an hour. I charge my 5S the same way.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Yeah use the recent charger with 12A and also turn on Airplane mode.
    Close all running apps which could run in background.
    You can also turn it completely of, but it won't boost the charging much.
    Always use original cable and charger, they work sometimes different :/

    And don't forget to turn on autolock, I know a lot of people who let the screen on, especially while charging. It doesn't make sense if you don't look at it.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    I just replaced my second generation IPad mini which was stolen with the latest version. Whereas my stolen model charged so fast I never timed it, this new model took 6 1/2 hours and the charge only lasted 8 to 9 hours for simple usage. After a lot of to and fro, Apple agreed to change it although they said the battery hardware tested 100%.
    My fresh IPad mini, same model, charges in 3 1/2 hours, exactly same charger, power source etc. it also lasts a little more than 10 hours.
    So be aware, the quality of these batteries are very variable. If yours takes 7 or 8 hours to charge, take it back and insist on an exchange. And - within 2 weeks - I was not aware of this time limit and waited a month but luckily Apple still agreed to replace.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    I put my iPad Air on the charger this morning around 10am at 18%, it's now 7 hours later and it's only around 85%
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechnologyTwitt View Post
    I put my iPad Air on the charger this morning around 10am at 18%, it's now 7 hours later and it's only around 85%
    That seems like a long time. Are you using an ipad brick or a iPhone one?
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    iPhone brick...

    The original iPad Air brick is still wrapped in the box.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechnologyTwitt View Post
    iPhone brick...

    The original iPad Air brick is still wrapped in the box.
    That explains it. An iPhone charger is 5W and the one with the iPad Air is 12W.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    I have a 5s, can I charge it with the iPad brick?
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    Default Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Yep. That will charge faster too. I rarely use the bricks. I changed a bunch of my outlets to include USB
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechnologyTwitt View Post
    I have a 5s, can I charge it with the iPad brick?
    Yes. The iPad charger can be used with the iPhone. The iPhone may seem a bit warmer than usual when charging but it won't harm it.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Learn something new every day... Thx
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Hi!! It's normal..
    I have iPad 3rd gen and from 15% to 100% it took 10 hours to charge with 10W charger... And 7 hrs with 12W
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    You should put your charger in a different outlet and if that doesnt help get a new charger
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Hi I'm soofia and my iPad is also taking a very long time to charge and I'm getting so sick of waiting for it to charge up to 100percent and now my iPad is stuck on 97percent and I'm really getting fed up of waiting for my iPad to charge up


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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Quote Originally Posted by soofia bhatti View Post
    Hi I'm soofia and my iPad is also taking a very long time to charge and I'm getting so sick of waiting for it to charge up to 100percent and now my iPad is stuck on 97percent and I'm really getting fed up of waiting for my iPad to charge up


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    What generation of iPad are you using? I would suggest, if the battery percentage is stuck at 97%, reboot the device. After that, you may need to do a reset and restore to get the device back to normal.
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    The same thing was happening to me. Based on someone's suggestion, I used my iPad charger instead of my iPhone charger -- and that made all of the difference!
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    Default Re: Why does my iPad take so long to charge?

    Quote Originally Posted by suecz View Post
    The same thing was happening to me. Based on someone's suggestion, I used my iPad charger instead of my iPhone charger -- and that made all of the difference!
    Well yes, more charging amps for charging.
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