Longer charging cable for Ipad2 ....

Discussion in 'iPad' started by interinfo, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. interinfo macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2012
    What is the maximum length I should use to extend the charging cable ?

    Will it decrease the charging rate ?

    Difference between cheap or expensive cables ?
  2. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    I currently use a 6" cable from monoprice for my iPad 3. They even have a 10" cable.
  3. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Gotta get me one of these...
  4. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Monoprice cables are pretty thick and stiff so they are little unwieldy.
  5. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Do you not recommend getting them there? If so, which ones are recommended?
  6. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    No. Just a warning. You can't beat the price.
  7. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Just about any USB extension cable will cause enough of a voltage drop to cause problems charging. This is especially so with the iPad 3 - but the iPad 2 will also suffer.

    I have not seen any USB extension cables myself that have heavier gauge power wires (that would reduce the power loss) - not to say they don't exist, but I have yet to see one myself.

    If you're not against the power brick being closer - you can get a PS3 slim power cord on Amazon for 3.75 with free shipping on prime. Simply pull the prongs off your iPad charger - and you'll see the inside will accomodate the PS3 power cord. That is cheap - and you won't have that power-loss issue this route.

    My .02
  8. amazonpam macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Apple iPad 10W USB Power Adapte

    This is what I use. You can get it in the Apple store. It comes with a six foot power cord so it extends your range. I would not call this a portable solution however, as the cord is quite thick.
  9. gtmac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    I have the Belkin 10' cable it's awesome and all I use.
  10. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I'm really ghetto. I just plug the power brick onto one of these. Works great!

  11. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    I have the Monoprice 10' cable so I can connect directly to the back of my iMac and charge my iPad 2 - it works great, however as previously said it is thicker than the shorter cables - has to be in order not to lose current over the longer run.
  12. mlmwalt macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2010
    Philadelphia, Pa, USA
  13. interinfo thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2012
    Off course , that's THE solution...instead of an extension of the USB cable just an extension of the power itself.....LOL, that I hadn't thought of that myself..
  14. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I'm using an USB extension cable to charge my iPad 3, and I can't say I've noticed an appreciable difference in charging time -- granted, I haven't measured the exact charging times with and without the extension cable, but what I do is plug in my iPad every night when I go to sleep, and when I wake up, it's charged to 100%. Does it take an hour longer to get there? I don't know and I don't care.
  15. Bobby.e macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
    I have the Griffin cable. It works quite well. It's a little thick though.
  16. seeharrison macrumors regular


    Nov 8, 2011

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