How does it charge?

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  1. 0blivion macrumors member

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    Hey everyone!!

    Just a quick question...how is the iPad supposed to charge? Does it come with a dock, or do we have to plug it int a computer, like the iPod Touch.

    Thanks!
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  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The website says...

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

    So it sounds like it'll come with a USB power adapter like the iPhone does. The dock can charge it, too, so if you get one, you can use that. On the other hand, there's also a power adapter in the accessories store. So precedence is mixed -- the iPhone comes with a power adapter, and the iPod touch does not, right? So ... we'll see?
     
  3. bobob macrumors 68030

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    I'm curious about this question too.

    I would have thought it was the same as the iPhone based on mkrishan's quote from the Apple Website ("Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system"), but then there's that other accessory power adapter listed too:





    {Edit: On second look at this, I'm pretty sure that the electrical outlet charging is not supported by the parts that come in the box.

    The power adapter referred to here: "Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system" is certainly the one referred to in the name of the accessory part: "iPad USB Power Adapter".

    Though I guess that's part of the reason they were able to keep the price under five hundred bucks...}
     
  4. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    Does the iPad come with an power adapter to plug into a wall?
     
  5. al256 macrumors 6502a

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    Surely this is a joke. A quick look at http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/ would answer this.

    [​IMG]

    It comes in the box!™

    [​IMG]

     
  6. bobob macrumors 68030

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    If it's a joke, I'm not hearing the punchline - - your post seems to confuse the issue.

    I edited my post above to show my reason why the wall charger is not included in the iPad box.
     
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  8. MTI macrumors 65816

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    International travel means getting a USB block fitted with the proper wall prongs to get the 5 VDC.
     
  9. al256 macrumors 6502a

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    Okay. I'm working under the idea that the "iPad 10W USB Power Adapter," listed as an accessory is the exact same as the "iPad 10W USB Power Adapter," listed as being provided in the box. The accessory bares no differentiation in name than the included part.

    This quite similar to the iPhone specs page. http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html Where the "Dock Connector to USB Cable," is listed as "in the box." The accessory page below it, changes the name to "Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable." Yet as we both know, they are the exact same product.

    Is there a chance the iPad could be shipped without that 6-foot power cable? I suppose but seeing as there is difference in the names of the accessories, I doubt it.
     
  10. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    O.K., this makes sense. It also gives you the ability to purchase a new one for whatever reason. Maybe you broke the one that came in the box...
     
  11. Julien macrumors G4

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    The power cable is just the standard USB to 30 pin connector cable (included in box). You either plug it into your computer's USB port or you plug the USB end into the wall wart power adapter (it has a USB port) that comes in the box. This is SOP for Apple.

    Strange that this is so confusing.
     
  12. bobob macrumors 68030

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    What is "SOP for Apple"?

    The confusing part is the difference in Apple's policy between the iPod Touch and the iPhone.
     
  13. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    Standard Operating Procedures, i.e. it is how they roll.
     
  14. riyadc macrumors member

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    You will be able to charge it by plugging in the 30pin connector to your ipad and the usb connector on the other end to a PC

    OR

    You can charge it by connecting the 30pin connector to your ipad and the usb connector on the other end to the 10w power adapter that comes with the ipad.

    The power adapter that comes with the ipad is 10watts while a PC's usb port is typically 2.5 watt (5v 0.5a) so I think the ipad will charge faster when using the included adapter and will take alot longer when charging though a PC.
     
  15. bobob macrumors 68030

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    I think we're all familiar with the meaning of the term SOP - - the question is whether Apple's SOP is the one they use for the iPod Touch (no wall adapter included in the box) or for the iPhone (wall adapter included in the box).
     
  16. Julien macrumors G4

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    The original iPhone came with an adapter as will as all iPods. Apple just quite supply the adapters with on the 3G/3GS to cut costs and add profit by selling as an accessory. Apple unambiguously says "In The Box (as in included with the iPad) - 10W USB Power Adapter". Now what is there to not understand about this?

    Also it looks like there will be an iPad:eek:, USB Cable and documentation included too.:D

    [​IMG]
     
  17. bobob macrumors 68030

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    You didn't answer my question (unless you consider snark to be an answer).
     
  18. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    Per the tech specs page at the bottom, this is the "10W USB Power Adapter":

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    And under "In the Box", it lists "10W USB Power Adapter."

    On the iPhone specs page, it also lists "USB Power Adapter." On the iPod touch specs page, it doesn't list any "power adapter."

    Therefore the answer is yes, it will include the wall adapter as with the iPhone.
     
  19. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I am guessing that the reason they also list the adapter separately is so that people can purchase additional ones if they so desire. I have my iPhone plugged into a dock and a wall charger all the time, and only connect the iPhone to the computer when it's time to sync it again. I have an extra dock and wall charger in another room for when I want to charge the iPhone in there instead; this one also doubles as my travel kit.
     
  20. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

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    The power adapter and usb to 30 pin connector for the iPad will be exactly how it is for the iPhone. The reason they also sell an additional one on the accessories listing is that if you look closely it states that the cord is 6 feet long! I doubt the included one in the box is 6 feet long. This is an additional length cord for those who might find that useful.
    That's my take on it. :D
     
  21. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't matter it me. I've got so many of those little buggers from my iPhones and iPods I don't need another one.
     
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  23. 0blivion thread starter macrumors member

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    OMG. GENIUS. You sir, should be head of the Apple company.

    Dang, we have so many great minds on these forums...
    :p:p:p
     
  24. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    You have no idea how much I fought saying that. :D
     

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