if only Apple had used a bigger charger

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Batavian, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Batavian macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011
    My one and only complaint about the iPad 3 is the underpowered charger. I don't understand why Apple would offer such a world class device and then opt for using the same charger as the iPad 2. It's as if when Apple came out with the iPad 1 or iPad 2 and only offered the charger for the iPhone. Same story. I'm filling a battery bucket that's 70% bigger with the same hose.

    The AnandTech article is really a good one. They've done the best and fairest analysis to date.

    The battery in the iPad 3 is larger than that in the Air. The Air has a 45 Watt charger. The iPad 3 has a 10 Watt charger. Why couldn't Apple have offered this for the iPad 3 ?

    I've heard that USB wont handle that wattage. Who cares? Why does iPad 3 have to use a USB cord for charging? You can't charge it from a USB port on a computer. Use USB for syncing. But it would have been nice to get a proper charger for the iPad 3, even if it were a dedicated, proprietary device accessory.
  2. camfunction macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Could be a limitation of the dock connector. Would have been nice to get a tiny magsafe connector on the bottom, but I'm not complaining. I charge it at night when I sleep.
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I think there will be differing views on this. Personally I like the 10w charger b/c it hardly takes up any room in my travel bag & weighs almost nothing. A faster charger would invariably be larger and be heavier. Charging really has not been an issue for me. I have the same routine as I did w/ previous iPads -- hook it up at night when it gets in the 55-60% range if possible. When I wake I have a fully charged iPad.
  4. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
    I charge mine overnight usually, so the length of time to charge doesn't faze me. Put it on the charger at less than 20% and about 5 hours later it is at 100%. Have charged it while using it, charges about 10% an hour while using. Not sure why this is a big issue. Granted I'm not playing that infinity blade game while charging, but still using it the way I normally do.

    Nothing has changed, noticibly! for me from the previous 2 generations when it comes to charging the device. But I don't sit there and watch it charge either.
  5. Batavian thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011
    How big (physical size) is the Air charger? I don't have an Air and its hard to tell from that picture. It looks to be the same size physically as the 10W iPad block.

    Anyway, maybe Apple will offer a faster charger as an accessory some time down the road. I'd buy it.
  6. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

    Epic Xbox Revie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    I'd say it's about 150% of the size of the iPad charger.
    -the 45W adapter

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