This is a little known gem of information shared with me by someone-in-the-office, and when retold to others they have all exclaimed ‘Why didn’t I know that before!!’, so I thought it might be worthwhile sharing a bit wider.

If your iPad is taking absolutely ages to recharge then check the charger plug. The iPad charger is 10W and and the iPhone charger is 5W. Chances are they have somehow got mixed up, and you are using the 5W charger to recharge your iPad.

Look at the very very small print on the bottom of the plug to check which one you are using. The 10W plug can charge both iPhone and iPad, the 5W charger will charge the iPhone fine, but the iPad super slowly.

Hope that tip is helpful!

Update: There is now an Apple 12W charger available (compatible with all iPads, iPhones and iPods). Thanks to Vaughn Davis and Che Tamahori for the tip.
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  1. Wow, never even thought of that. Now going to have to sneakily swap chargers with the boyfriend.

  2. Thank you!

    Mat

  3. One of the great things about the iPad is that it allows you to quickly check your email. If you receive a large volume of emails throughout the day, it may actually be draining your battery. The device is configured to check for new messages frequently and automatically. Instead of setting it to notify you of new messages every few minutes, go into the Mail, Contacts and Calendars settings to adjust the frequency of mail checks.

  4. The user reviews are generally incredibly accurate representations of the quality of the application. Of course, you need to make sure that there are more than just one or two reviews, but if there are, and if the app has four or five stars, you should be good to go.

  5. The new iPad’s charger is now 12 Watts – even faster charging for old iPads AND iPhones….

  6. This changed my life. Thank you so much!

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