Firstly my ipad 2 stopped charging when connected to the mains, the battery sign showed a plug rather than a flashing bolt of lightning, this suggested that the ipad was using the power from the mains to process, but the power was not charging the battery. The percentage content of battery charge was reducing as it wasn't getting charged. Now the charge has run down and all that the ipad is showing is an empty battery with a lightning bolt, it has been connected to the mains for a couple of hours now and refuses to start. The ipad is about 13months old and hasn't been hugely used so I find it difficult to believe that the battery is faulty? any thoughts on a solution??