Bad power supply design

Discussion in 'iPad' started by phishindsn, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. phishindsn macrumors regular

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    OK after realizing only "certain USB" will provide a charge to the iPad, does anyone else feel the design of the included charger is a little lacking.

    I mean couldn't they at least made the cord a little longer say a foot or two, I just feel weird having to leave my iPad close to the ground near a wall socket to charge. I mean all apple laptops include an extension with their power supplies to prevent this from happening. Something about leaving a large LCD screen close to walking on level just seems a little scary to me.
     
  2. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    Longer cord would be the ticket.
     
  3. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Why not just use an extension cord? Cheap and readily available if you dont have one..
     
  4. marksman macrumors 603

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    Hopefully someone will invent an iDevice to make up for this short coming.

    I have an old buddy from College, named TJ Extension who is working on something that might one day fit the bill for this. Don't hold me to it though, he is a bit flakey, and he always wears green or brown. It is weird.
     
  5. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

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    For some reason I hadn't thought of that. Thanks ;).
     
  6. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Lol no problem, somtimes its the small things that are overlooked so easily
     
  7. phishindsn thread starter macrumors regular

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    I realize an extension cord is a viable solution but honestly who wants to carry an extension cord around when traveling? I have enough stuff that TSA has to dig through when I travel...now I need to pack an extension cord? I guess I am going to see if the extension part from my MacBook Pro will work.
     
  8. marksman macrumors 603

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    Weren't so much thinking about you when traveling.

    As I think this would be much less of a problem or issue with the actual cord when traveling.


    Don't listen to me though. I am don't even have an iPad for crying out loud.
     
  9. phishindsn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Then why are you posting?
     
  10. Hammie macrumors 65816

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    Just get the iPad 10W USB Power Adapter. It is a 6 foot extension cord for $29.00.
     
  11. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Are laptop cable locks (kensington style) allowed through TSA anymore? Last year when I flew they didnt say anything. Which is actually surprising considering the nature of the cable.
     
  12. dagomike macrumors 65816

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    Sounds you're looking for the power adapter kit.
     
  13. phishindsn thread starter macrumors regular

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    I flew last week with one, they didn't say anything.
     
  14. phishindsn thread starter macrumors regular

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    :)
     
  15. smoked macrumors regular

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    Or just use the extension cord from your laptop, that's what I did.
     
  16. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Shocking! It sorta would classify as a weapon
     
  17. phishindsn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does apple just sell that part, I dont want to steal the one from my MacBookPro, because I would like to have one so I can set my iPad next to my bed and leave the adapter behind there. Its a tough place to plug and unplug all the time.
     
  18. troop231 macrumors 603

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  19. phishindsn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Because of the cable? Honestly you would be surprised sometimes I have to carry a temperature probe for testing heat temperatures for food production and they are basically a 12" needle, haven't been stopped. I do have paperwork in case but still. I do fly coach.
     
  20. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    You can also get a usb extension. If you bought an iMac or a Mac Pro with a wired keyboard you should have one. I also think they sell them separately.
     
  21. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Yeah almost like a garote wire
     
  22. smoked macrumors regular

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    Then you might just want to spring for the kit, or a docking station so it can sit upright.
     
  23. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    The iExtension Cord. Only $49.95 so order now.
     
  24. phishindsn thread starter macrumors regular

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    The keyboard extension has a little notch in it so it only works with the keyboard from the iMac. I tried it.
     

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