New iPad won't charge while in use, charger to blame

New iPad won't charge while in use, charger to blame
That new iPad right there may be one pretty sweet tablet, but it surely isn't perfect. As it turns out, the thing is a power hog, and the increase in operating temperature is not the only result of that. When the iPad is under heavy load, its charger is unable to charge its battery, as reported by a number of iPad owners on the Apple Support Communities web page.

The reason for that is far from complicated: in order for a battery to charge while the device is in use, the charger needs to deliver at least slightly more power than what the device is consuming - the more power that is provided, the more efficient the charging process would be. For example, that is why a MacBook Air comes with a charger that can deliver four times the power that the device actually consumes. And it seems like the iPad's stock 10W charger simply cannot handle the load of an iPad that is being pushed to the maximum. USB ports that supposedly should be able to handle the device's power needs do not seem to work either.

So, iPad owners, are you having troubles charging your new tablet, or is it working just fine for you? Feel free to share your experience with us by dropping a comment below.

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46 Comments

1. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Nope, apple to blame.

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

any time soon ..Apple is going to say "you are charging it wrong "

3. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Nah, I think they'll some how manage to convince the the iFans on how you don't or should not charge while in use, how how people who do are "behind the curve" or something...

4. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Or...you're not using an apple-approved outlet.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine charges fine, and fast.

5. denmcdon

Posts: 90; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Mine charges fine.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

try charging it while playing a game. it will have the little "charging" icon at the top, but the battery will still be going down. it uses more juice than it can take in from the plug.

9. samiazza

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

well said

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine charges fine... I was playing sky gamblers at work, and had no problems keeping it at 100%. iPad rules...

28. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

I was watching a TV app on mine the other day while charging, and it charged fine.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the TV app isnt nearly as resource hungry as a game. The Consumer reports test was done using infinity blade 2 and some benchmarks that use all the resources. you CAN use it and have it charge at the same time, this issue is that it is completely dependent on what you are doing. For people that want it for heavy media/game use, its going to be an issue. And honestly, thats a ridiculous issue to have. The engineers could have done simple math from the power draw of each component and seen that 10w is way too little. Upping it to 12-15-20 watts isnt exactly expensive either.

6. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Another day another new apple product fault! So what they are saying here is that if ifans want to use the ipad for alot of gaming or movies and say the battery is at half charge they cant use it on charging playing for the desired length of time,they have to use it for a bit till it goes dead,charge it up then play games again later on that day,all while not getting burnt from overheating. Resolutionary!! Ifans should go out and buy 2 ipads immediately

7. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

How exactly was this missed in testing??? Do they even test their products or do the designers just fax over the designs to the sweat shops in China and wait to roll in the money?

23. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

If you realise, most Apple products have flaws in the most obvious areas that they missed during testing. iPods (The older ones) = Most had an overheating issue. Macbook Pros = The thing can cook an egg when you're trying to play a game or using some intensive programs. iPhone 3G = No copy & paste. iPhone 3GS = Overheating, No camera flash (that was during a times where almost all the other keyboard phones/dumbphones had an LED flash) iPhone 4 = Death grip (dropped calls), made of glass iPhone 4S = yellow tint screen and battery life issues

27. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its not just the ipods and macbooks that overheat,iphones do at random also,some exploding even! Perhaps the new ipad may also feature the overheating till exploding gene but as the ipad news breaks it seems yet another iphone has exploded for somebody today: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/03/iphone-4-bursts-into-smoke/ http://www.dailygadgets.net/review/iphone-4-bursts-into-smoke.html

34. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

I can understand the rest of these points and issues however with the made of glass they continue to do so but now its in gorrilla glass but still glass all the same. So I suppose they did not find that as an issue

10. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I can't wait to hear how this is not an issue.

11. Loafninja

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

Working as intended.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly no heat issues,no charging issues either. The only issue I have with my "new" iPad is not being able to put it down at times. It lags,stutters,jerks,and freezes... Oops now I'm talking about my girls galaxy 8.9.

24. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Haha, I'm surprised a girl would even want an idiot like you for a boyfriend...

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What makes me an idiot?

39. jburris020

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Your attempt at having a blind eye to faults of a product that you have spent your hard earned money on. The fact that you whole heartedly believe your product, or any product of a corportation is perfect and can do no wrong. The fact that you will choose to repeatedly call out people for having an opinion that they then can back up by facts.

40. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Poor breeding and faulty genes?

42. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

getting high instead of paying attention in school?? voting for obama

12. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The apple forums certainly have been lighting up with complaints of the poor charging capabilities of the 'new' ipad,some saying it takes about 1 hr to get 10% charge into the ipad!! here is a quote from one such article: "Yes, the biggest flaw of the new iPad is actually the charging process. Not only does it take almost one single hour for a 10 % increase in battery capacity (actually the overall charging period from 0% to 100% is close to over 8 hours) but what is worse, the battery capacity even drops when you play a game while the iPad is charging. At 100% display brightness, playing AirSupremacy, battery capacity drops by 2% or so...every 10 minutes. Ouch."

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Androsheep is typing his comments from his "new" iPad. He then calls from his 64 gig iPhone 4S, then uses his 4th generation iPod touch to listen to music, then uses his Mac book pro to do his thesis, way to go androsheep, welcome to the team!!!

25. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

HaHa, this is what happens when Apple doesn't give them clear instructions on what to do, the sheep go wild. Anyone who's using an Android would know the first thing you do if your battery is draining would be to lower the screen brightness. Next would be to check what app or process is using up resources...oh wait, iOS can't do that right? No wonder you can't troubleshoot and end up going to the Apple store to get help instead...

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure the iPad can show what apps r using the most power,and CPU. Dummy u don't even know what ur talking about.

32. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Really? I didn't know Apple would want this kind of knowledge in the hands of their dumb followers...

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well it's there

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