Can I use a car charger to charge an iPhone and an iPad?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by ECUpirate44, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

    ECUpirate44

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    I have a question and I have no idea what i'm talking about when it comes to electricity. I have an iPhone and iPad that I would like to charge in the car. I have a USB car charger that plugs into the power outlet in the car, and then I use my white sync cable to charge.

    The USB charger I have is listed as:
    Input= 10.5V-18V... 0.65A
    Output= 5V.. 1A


    The iPhone wall charger is listed as:
    Input= 100V-200V 50/60 Hz 0.15A
    Output= 5V.. 1A

    The iPad wall charger is listed as:
    10W
    Input= 100V-200V... 0.45A 50-60Hz
    Output= 5.1V... 2.1A

    Can I use the car charger to charge both devices without causing damage to the batteries?
     
  2. osxnewbe macrumors regular

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    You can charge both. I sometimes charge my iPhone, iPad and laptop in my work truck. However, you may need a charger that is specifically made for the iPad such as the Griffin PowerJolt SE or Plus. Chargers made for the iPhone or iPod can't deliver enough power to charge the iPad. A nice side benefit is that the PowerJolt will charge an iPhone really fast since it's pushing more power than a standard charger.
     
  3. qtct199 macrumors newbie

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    yes, i always use Griffin powerJolt SE charger made for my iPad in my car. i think need a charger that is specifically.
     
  4. ECUpirate44 thread starter macrumors 603

    ECUpirate44

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    Thanks, so can I use it with the iPad or should it really not be done because of the power requirements? I don't mind if it charges slow, I just don't want to damage the battery.
     
  5. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

    h1r0ll3r

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    I think it would best to err on the safe side. Like others have mentioned the Girffin PowerJolt is a great charger and works with both the iPad and iPhone. I'd recommend getting that, or some other charger that'll work with both your devices. I know some people that have used the iPhone charger to charge their iPad and, other than slow charging times, I haven't heard of any long term issues by doing so.
     

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