Dangers of Charging the Apple Pencil

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  1. samanthakyndlar macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone-- I just wanted to let you know that the apple pencil is very easy to break while charging... I plugged it into the iPad Pro, and set it down on my lap while it charged. My son came over and sat beside me, and bumped the pencil as he sat down. The port that plugs into the Pro snapped.

    It was a very light brush, and it happened so easily. Please be careful of this when charging.

    Thankfully, I was able to get a new one after talking to Best Buy, but still, I was pretty shaken because it would not have been covered by the apple warranty.
     
  2. a.guillermo macrumors regular

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    Jeez... I haven't bought a pro yet, but I think I'm going to wait until Apple makes an adapter or something. I feel like you were really lucky to be able to get it replaced.
     
  3. dvdlovr24 macrumors 6502

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    The pencil comes with a lightning cord adapter to charge it.
     
  4. racheltech macrumors newbie

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  6. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    Is this MiFi certified? Also, does it pass through all 9 pins, or only the pins needed for charging? In other words could this be used with other Lightning devices that pass data?
     
  7. sunapple macrumors 6502a

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    We all knew it was just a matter of time.

    Still, I don't think it's such a bad design.

    The Pencil should last 12 hours, right? So having a dead battery when on-the-go is a rare situation, but should it ever happen you can charge it in 15 seconds. Okay, it could snap in those 15 seconds as you've proved, but I find this change to be incredibly small still.

    Imagine the opposite solution: only being able to charge it with an AC adapter.. Or maybe a short male-male Lightning adapter that you have to bring everywhere?

    I charge mine at home with the cable and I've yet to get below 50% on a normal day of use.
     
  8. Nausicaa macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I'm usually pretty careful when I use $100 accessories for my $1,000 computer.
     
  9. verniesgarden macrumors 6502a

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    I'm more interested on how you managed to get a new one so quickly! :eek:
     
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  11. chrismaclaren macrumors newbie

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    I find it funny how so many reviews are suggesting that charging the pencil by plugging it into the iPad is the main way to charge it. In the box of the pencil it clearly labels the charging connector to plug into a cable - and labels the illustration of plugging the pencil into the bottom of the iPad as a quick charge solution.

    It's pretty clear that they suggest doing this when out and about without access to the cable - it was never intended to be the main way of charging.
     
  12. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    I don't think that's true at all. When Apple announced the iPP right up to days before it went on sale, it was only ever demonstrated as charging the Pencil by plugging it into the iPad. Then suddenly, literally days before it went on sale, a photo of the packaging showed up with the adapter on it, and the Pencil is further delayed at lunch. I think the photo Apple is using on their support page says it all:

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    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205236

    It looks like a total afterthought, badly photoshopped at the last minute. Apple is never this sloppy with their official graphics.
     
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I'm sure during the keynote the plugging into the iPad to charge was an on the go solution not the main charging method.
     
  14. AJsAWiz, Dec 23, 2015
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    AJsAWiz macrumors 68030

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    I wouldn't let that story stop you. I've had zero problems with the charging Apple Pencil, either from the iPad Pro or through the adapter. In fact I'd have to work pretty hard to damage it in such a fashion (as the story about the kid).
    In the end it's just like anything else . . . if you work hard enough or just plain careless you can break anything.
     

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