Need HDMI cable

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by etaleb, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. etaleb macrumors member

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    Folks

    I have a ipad mini 2 wifi and ipad 2 older model so obviously have to deal with both lightning and 30-pin connectors. Is there a cable that I can keep permanently wired into my TV's HDMI port and the other end into either of my ipads while also having a piece that goes into the power outlet? Some links would help if this exists

    If this doesn't exist, a 3-way cable for my ipad mini would do for now. Already bought this but it seems it needs personal hotspot function which isn't available on ipad air wifi (needs 3g model) so most likely i'll junk it
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/322071679628?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
     
  2. etaleb thread starter macrumors member

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  3. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    What exactly is your use case here? No idea what you are talking about but maybe see if we can come up with some other solution?
     
  4. etaleb thread starter macrumors member

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    I have to people in the home with their own iPad and I don't want too many cables lingering around the TV. That's the use case
     
  5. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    So I understand correctly, you have multiple iPads that you want to connect to your TV via the HDMI adaptors?

    Maybe get an Apple TV and use airplay instead?
     
  6. etaleb thread starter macrumors member

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    We are talking about heavy use (10-12 hours) a day and the battery won't last. Hence, I need the cable to also connect into a power outlet at the same time
     
  7. chabig macrumors 68040

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    AppleTV and AirPlay is the best solution. Next up would be two HDMI cables with separate power bricks and adapters--one with a 30 pin Digital AV Adapter, and one with a Lightning Digital AV Adapter. You'll change between inputs on the TV.
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  8. etaleb thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok I already have the 30-pin connector HDMI + power cable combo for the older iPad 2. Can I simply buy a 30-pin to lightning adaptor. I looked on amazon and all of them have reviews
     
  9. ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately, you'd need a Lightning-HDMI adapter (I don't think the 30-pin to Lightning would work in that case, as it doesn't support video out: http://www.apple.com/shop/question/...ipad-mini-with-my-projector/QKY4XFDDH74HC7AFU).

    Personally, here's what I'd do:

    Get an Anker 2-port USB charger: https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Charge...8&qid=1469320936&sr=8-1&keywords=anker+2+port

    Lightning-HDMI adapter -> HDMI cable to TV, Lightning-USB cable to charger
    30-Pin-HDMI adapter -> HDMI cable to TV, 30-Pin-USB cable to charger

    This setup would have each kind of iPad on an input on your TV and it gives you the benefit of charging another iPad at the same time. You'd have to get the charger and an extra HDMI cable, but both are relatively inexpensive (especially compared with the Lightning-HDMI adapter)

    Otherwise, if you are limited on HDMI inputs or want to buy as little as possible:

    (Lightning-HDMI adapter or 30-Pin-HDMI adapter) -> HDMI cable to TV, (Lightning-USB cable or 30-Pin-USB cable) to single-port charger

    In that case, you'd swap the adapter and the charging cable depending on which device you wanted to use. It's a little less permanent, but still keeps excess items to a minimum.
     
  10. etaleb thread starter macrumors member

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    With your solution, even if I'm using a single device for the whole week, I still have to swap between charging and watching TV. I've seen cables that do both - basically they are a 3-way cable connecting to HDMI port on TV, to power outlet and to the iPad. Can you recommend a cable like this?

    Thx
     
  11. ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    Apple's video adapters (except the 30-pin Dock Connector-to-VGA) have a female port for you to connect a charging cable (it acts as a pass-through), so your iPad will output video to TV and get charged at the same time. The whole setup is like the 3-way cable you want, but a bit more modular.

    Here are both adapters (you can see the charging pass-through):

    http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD098AM/A/apple-digital-av-adapter

    http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD826AM/A/lightning-digital-av-adapter
     

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