Is a periodic "Not charging" message normal?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by smirk, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. smirk macrumors 6502a

    smirk

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    Hi, last night I plugged my iPad 3 into the charger that it came with, verified that it was charging, and left it to charge. Some hours later I woke up the display to see how far it had gone, and it said "Not charging" next to the battery level icon -- but it wasn't at 100%. I unplugged the USB end of the cable from the charger and plugged it back in again, and it started charging again.

    I was curious, has anyone else observed this type of behavior? Does the charging cycle periodically stop charging for some reason before resuming?
     
  2. chazmink macrumors member

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    My experience has been somewhat similar. I kept getting the not gargling message shortly after connecting the charger I used with my iPad 2. I tried it with three different charger and cable combos with the same effect. I finally unpacked the charger and cable that came with the new iPad and it charged reliably and I stopped getting the not charging indicator. Perplexing.
     
  3. Cingular macrumors regular

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    I tried charging mine with $.99 USB cable that I bought from Amazon and would get "not charging" most of the time. Used my Authentic iPhone cable and no problem.
     
  4. smirk thread starter macrumors 6502a

    smirk

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    The reason this happened is because the iPad 3 draws more charging current than the iPad 2's charger can supply.

    You know, that may be it! I'm using a cable that we use to charge our iPods. I'll try using the one that came with the iPad 3 and we'll see what happens.
     
  5. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

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    No. The ipad 2 and new ipad chargers are are the same. Both are 10w chargers. This issues are with the cable and I'm guessing the new iPad cable is a lower gauge (thicker) and can handle the power draw better than 3rd party cables or previous gen charger cables. The "not charging " error popped up for me today too and I'm using a 3rd party cable.
     
  6. engelke2010 macrumors 6502a

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    With my iPad2, I had been using a USB extender and it worked fine. Ever since I got my new iPad, that hasn't worked. When I exchanged my AT&T model for the Verizon one, I asked the Apple rep why it didn't work and I was also told it was because the iPad 3 draws more charging current than the iPad 2's charger can supply. I wish I had asked why we didn't get a more powerful charger then.
     

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