iPad Pro Apple Pencil Charging Adapter. How Does It Work?

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  1. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Anybody played around with the charging adapter enough to answer a few questions?

    Does the orientation matter? So far, I've read rumors only that the charger has to be connected with the small dot on one end, oriented next to the pencil. Has anyone tried to use it the other way around? Does it work?

    Has anyone tried to use the adapter with another Lightning product to see if it supports as a passthrough for all Lightning signals, or if it only supports charging. Not sure what device this could be tested with as is, though I have contemplated joining two USB Lightning connector cables together with a f/f USB adapter. theoretically all the signals would pass through that.

    How securely is the adapter connected to the Pencil -- aside from looks, could it be used as a cap? Is there a magnet in the adapter to help keep from losing it?

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT205236
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    BTW - this picture seems really below Apple's usual standards, showing the pencil in completely different lighting than the adapter and Lightning cable -- from a different perspective ... it's really a poor graphic from them. Seems very last minute.
     
  2. henrykkim macrumors newbie

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    I believe the orientation doesn't matter. I honestly didn't really think about this until I saw this post since it's supposed to work both ways. I have charged my Pencil using the adapter few times without acknowledging which side I'm plugging in and worked just fine.

    And I wouldn't use the adapter as a cap. It looks weird. There is no magnet but it's pretty tight when it's being plugged.
     
  3. A.R.E.A.M. macrumors regular

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    if the dot is away from the pencil. it will not sit flush with the pencil.

    I have a lightning camera cable and I just plugged it to the end with the dot on it. it is much bigger than the lightning cable, so seems you only have one way to orient the little middle man thingy.
     
  4. henrykkim macrumors newbie

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    Interesting. Didn't recognize that. I should check more cautiously next time I try to charge mine.
     
  5. Brookzy macrumors 68040

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    It does indeed only work one way; as @A.R.E.A.M. alluded to the end of a Lightning cable is too thick to fit inside the recessed cavity of the 'dot' side of the Lightning-to-Lightning adapter.

    The Pencil's connector fits because its male Lightning connector is longer than standard.

    But, if you either dismantled a Lightning cable, or got a very thin third party one, it might work.
     
  6. EdisEdward macrumors 6502

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    i think last minute they added the adapter into the packaging; which is causing the long delays for shipment
     
  7. Brookzy macrumors 68040

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    Agreed. But why on Earth is the Keyboard delayed?!
     
  8. a.guillermo macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know of any third party adapters that would allow me to charge the Pencil without sticking it into the Pro? I get nervous that it's going to break, and I would like to have other options...
     
  9. mgipe, Dec 9, 2015
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    Why would you need a third party adapter when Apple includes one with the pencil?
     
  10. Mac 128 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Posted on another thread:

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    I would still like to know if these adapters pass through all 9 connectors, or only the power connectors.
     
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