Does the iPad keyboard dock require AC power?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by mossme89, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    So, I'm really leaning towards buying an iPad. But, the one thing holding me back is my confusion over the keyboard dock. Does it require that it's plugged into an AC outlet to use the keyboard?

    If it requires being plugged in, I'm going to just forger it and pass on the iPad. But, if I can use it straight-up with the iPad without being plugged into an outlet, then I'll definetly get an iPad. It would be perfect for taking notes in class. If I can carry the iPad & keyboard dock in by backpack & use them straight up that would be sweet!

    Do you guys know? What do you think?
  2. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Apple's write up is a bit ambiguous about the need for an external power source but if I had to guess I'd say the keyboard could draw power from the iPad and didn't have to be plugged in. Maybe if you call the 800 Apple Store # they could give you a more definitive answer.
  3. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    According to its description it has a 30 pin connector which means it doesn't have to be plugged in.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
    you wont havr to plug it into the wall. i think that the only time you need to have it pluged in is when charging. being that battery life is 10 hours
  5. macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    You could always buy a Bluetooth keyboard if it does need power!

  6. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002

    Yes, but it also doesn't exclude that it would need USB power from a computer either. It doesn't really say if the keyboard needs external power or can use the iPad's battery. I assume the later, but Apple isn't confirming.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2009
    I suspect the keyboard uses AA batteries like the standard Apple bluetooth keyboard
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2010
    I'd be willing to bet the $69 it cost for the keyboard that no external power will be needed. No dock connecting accessory I have every come across has required external power, well except for powered speakers of course. How much power could a keyboard possibly need??
  9. macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    This sounds like it doesn't require power, but you can charge the iPad while it's connected.

    From the Apple iPad Tech Specs page:

  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    I'm thinking that it could draw power from the ipad, but apple had done crazier things in the past. I do agree the writeup is a bit shady which makes me think they aren't telling us something...
  11. macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2009
    Wash, DC Metro
    Since when does a keyboard need power?

    I had a Targus keyboard for my HP Jornada back in the day. It did not require power, however, you could plug the power adapter to the keyboard so the Jornada could be charged. I guessed this dock would be the same thing.
  12. sJv
    macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    Sierra Foothills, CA
    All keyboards have a little controller in them, so they do, in fact, require power. Normally the power is provided by the USB or PS/2 connection.

    I"m sure there is logic in the iPad keyboard dock that will also require power, but can it get it from the iPad or internal batteries?

  13. macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    As Ams said above, you could just get a wireless bluetooth keyboard (same price as the keyboard dock) and pair it with the iPad stand-case.

    With the bluetooth keyboard you also wouldn't need the iPad to be in front of you — you would have the option to lay the iPad flat (on the table or on the seat next to you), and just glance down at it to check the notes from the keyboard are being recorded correctly.

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