How to charge the new iPad faster

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Recently I bought a brand new iPad 3. It’s an amazing device and I use it frequently for quickly checking my e-mail, reading articles on websites such as Hackernews. Another cool feature is the App Store, which has thousands of apps about nearly everything.

One thing I noticed about the new iPad, is that charging it takes a considerable amount of time. The iPad 3 takes about 6 hours to charge. On the Apple forums more people are complaining about the charge time ( source: charge time discussion).



I have discovered a few ways to improve the charge time of the iPad. Here they are in a nice list:

  • First of all, use the 12 watt charger that came with your iPad. This charger charges your iPad way faster than using the USB port of your computer.
  • Turn on Airplane mode on your iPad while it is charging.
  • If you don’t have to use the iPad, plug the charger in the iPad and turn it off completely.
  • Do not use old iPod or iPhone chargers, as they are not as fast in charging the iPad battery as the new charger.
  • Buy a IDsonix¬†fast¬†charger, it will charge the iPad way faster

20th of May 2012: Added more charging tips :)
24th of May 2012: Added the more useful tips.
4th of August 2012: Looking for a portable charger for travelling purposes? Look here.
3th of July 2014: Updated the article so that it’s up-to-date again :)

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5 Responses to How to charge the new iPad faster

  1. Hans says:

    I tested the Griffin Powerblock, it seems to charge the iPad 3 10-20% faster than the normal charger does.

  2. Dylan says:

    The iPad 3 battery is in my opinion a HUGE flaw. makes it almost impossible to use unless it is being plugged in constantly…in fact my iPad died while i was using it while it was plugged in

  3. Peter says:

    Thanks for the “Do not use old iPod or iPhone chargers, as they are not as fast in charging the iPad battery as the new charger.”
    I had been using an old iPod charger since I got the iPad and it takes forever.I never gave it much thought I figured they were all the same since they look EXACTLY the same. Common sense sure does allude some companies at times. I had put the iPad charger in the draw and forgot about it thinking they were the same.
    Now so far with the new charger plugged in with video playing it hasn’t lost charge it has actually gone up !!!
    Thanks again :-)

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  5. Emma says:

    Turn the volume and brightness down all the way

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