It can be frustrating when you have a favorite app on your iphone, ipod or ipad and then a new update comes in that means it can no longer be used unless you buy the latest gadget. The older versions only update to a certain iOS, meaning that to continue using certain features you are left with no choice but to upgrade.

A common problem people seem to be having with the iPad is that once they have updated their iOS to the latest version the rate at which their device charges is a lot slower than it used to be. This can be extremely frustrating if you want to use it off charge in a hurry. To get your iPad changing at its original rate, you will first need to find out what is causing it. Because there are a few different reasons the answer to getting the iPad charging as it should can differ from person to person.

Using generic chargers

If you are using a charger that didn’t come with the iPad or was not purchased from an authorized Apple dealer, a new update to your iOS may be able to detect that the charging equipment is not original. To keep up with the latest apps and their updates as well as have a device that charges at the fast rate you expect it to, purchasing the official cable is necessary. Although you can still use generics, you will be stuck with the problem of a device that takes absolutely ages to charge up enough for you to use it away from the socket. Who wants an iPad that’s essentially a touch screen desktop? The original equipment is more expensive, but worthwhile for those that want to use their iPad to its potential.
Using the wrong charging adapter

Although the adapters for the iPad and iPhone looks the same, there is a difference that could slow down the charging rate. This is the amount of energy needed to charge each device. The iPad being larger needs more power than the iPhone, such a considerable amount that the 5W phone adapter is not sufficient enough to give the iPad enough power to fill the battery at its usual speed. If you use a docking station instead, using the iPad while it is still attached and charging could slow down its charging rate considerably.

Charging via USB vs the adapter

If you have not brought your adaptor with you then plugging the USB into your laptop or desktop is a great way to top up a bit of power, however just like using the wrong adapter, the power given out by your laptop or PC via the USB will be smaller meaning that it takes longer to get a decent charge. The amount of power has to be distributed to other components of your computer so the iPad charging via it will only be getting a percentage of the power it needs.

If you have no other choice a way to speed up the charging a little would be to make sure that nothing else is attached so that the power received can be greater.

Not closing unused apps

It can be tempting to use your iPad while it is charging to complete a game, conversation, or even watch videos. Whatever you are doing on your device will be consuming the battery life, therefore making the length of time it takes to fully charge longer. It won’t break your device using it while on charge, so it’s ok if you aren’t in a hurry to use it without the cable; but closing apps, not using it and turning off wifi will make it charge faster.



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