iPad Mini 4 updated to OS 10, drained and now wont turn on.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by almach, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. almach macrumors newbie

    almach

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    Help!

    I updated my iPad Mini 4 to latest OS. Everything was ok until my son played with it until battery went to 2%. I did not charge it right away and when I finally did- a couple of hours after-- it wont turn on anymore. I left it to charge for a couple more hours thinking my battery went flat out and got drained.

    I charged it for another 2 hours and it still wont turn on. Tried pressing Home and Power button hoping it would go on reset, but nada.

    I also tried firing it by connecting ipad to macbook air and turning on itunes...

    Anybody have other suggestions? Ipad is already out of warranty.

    Should I just use this as an expensive paperweight?
     
  2. masotime macrumors 68000

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    Bring it to the Apple Store. They won't charge for diagnostics AFAIK.
     
  3. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    IPad Mini 4 is less than a year old and should still be under warranty. Let Apple fix it for free.
     
  4. sorcery macrumors regular

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    Try charging direct from wall socket rather than via laptop. Or use different cable or different USB.
     
  5. almach thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried this also. I used my other cables and adapters...
     
  6. masotime macrumors 68000

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  7. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Well this is fairly unrelated and so fairly unlikely to work, but it's worth a try since it's free and easy to do.

    I had an HP TouchPad that got stuck in some kind of software loop and drained the battery really fast. I came back to it and although it should have had hours of charge left, it was completely dead. It would not take a charge either, even though it left it connected to the original charger and cable overnight.

    When I asked about it on the TouchPad forums, I found several other people had this problem too. An electrical engineer responded. One of the functions of the battery charger is to prevent attempting to charge a battery that won't take a charge any more, in order to prevent an unsafe condition. So if you hook up power and it doesn't see the battery taking a charge after 10 seconds or so, it cuts the circuit and prevents charging.

    However, it IS attempting to charge during that short initial period. He said if I kept plugging the power in, waiting several seconds, then unplugging, then repeating, there will eventually be a surface charge on the battery, the charger will accept that the battery is okay, and it will charge up.

    This worked for everyone, including me. It took between 30-60 cycles for people. In my case it took me about 40 cycles of plugging/waiting/unplugging/repeat.

    We are talking about a completely different tablet so I doubt this will work, but I promise I'm not trying to troll you. It's worth a try as a last resort if nothing else easier works.
     
  8. HarryWild macrumors 6502a

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    Make an appointment at the Apple Store and the genius will look at it. If it is a simple repair, they tell you to comeback in 30 minutes or they will swap it out for a new "refurbish" model.
     

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