iPad iPad Air charges very slowly

Discussion in 'iPad' started by petsounds, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    It's been over an hour and my iPad Air has charged only 14% via an outlet. This is a far slower charge time than my iPad 3. Has anyone noticed the same?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
    Are you using the charger that came with the iPad or your phone charger?
  3. macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Also try a different outlet and connect the charger directly to the wall not an extension.
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    It's an older (but official) charger. Shouldn't be any difference, but for curiosity's sake I've plugged it into the one that came with the Air. This is the same outlet I always use.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2007
    The latest chargers are 12W, older chargers are 10W or less.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2013
    Yeah, use the charger that it came with, my air charges from 0 to 100% in a little over 3 1/2 hours. Very happy with it.
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    Okay, I stand corrected! It's already charging much faster. Thanks for the heads-up, I didn't know they had changed the wall charger power output. I assume that these 12W chargers should not be used with older devices?
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2010
    They can used with older devices. You can check apples website to be sure.
  9. macrumors 68030


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    All the chargers are interchangeable.

    A 12W charger will not hurt a device that needs a 10W charger - it won't charge any faster, it will just use 10W.
  10. macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    Ya mine definitely charges way faster than my ipad 3
  11. macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2013
    I think mine charged very slowly the first time I charged it, but its way faster the second time, is that normal? hmm
  12. macrumors 68020


    May 18, 2009
    Mine always charged slowly with the stock ipad air charger and cable.

    Something around 5-6 hours for a full charge.

    When I charged it overnight plugged into my Mbp USB port, it only reached 93% after a good 7-8 hours.
  13. macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Last night I plugged in my Air at 11pm and it had 24% left. At 7am it was at 99%. Pretty slow charge. I'm using the adapter and cable that came with it.
  14. macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    It reached fully charged in the proper time. The charger must cut off after the batt has reached a full charge (they are like a balloon and you can keep filling them until they explode). It can lose a little bit of charge before it starts charging again. Also monitoring the amount of charge is very complicated (just like what is the "exact" level a balloon is full) so 99% can be a full charge.
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Like the above poster said you battery charged way before when you looked at it. It is only reporting 99%. Reboot and you will see 100%.

    My Air charges every bit as fast as my 3 and 4 units.
  16. macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    One reason I was keen to get an iPad Air was for quicker charging time. My iPad 3 was soooo slow! The new iPad Air charges in about 3 hours and 15 minutes -- big difference! When the 12W power adapters first became available from Apple last year I immediately snapped one up hoping that it would speed up my iPad 3, and while it helped some, it still took that device over 4 hours. I am very pleased that the new iPad Air charges so much more quickly!
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2015
    I am having the same problem. I bought already 2 extra charges. :mad:
  19. macrumors 604

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    If not calibrated 99% might be as high as it will go so it could have reached the 99% in only a hour or so.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2010
    Newer iPad Air 2 are coming with 10W chargers again. :(
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    My IPA2 came w/10W charger and a full charge takes a few hrs.

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