Question about ordering accessories for iPad

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  1. medgirl2001 macrumors regular

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    Do you all know - what kind of cable would I need if I wanted to hook iPad up to a regular television to watch movies?

    Also - I'm confused about the charging adapter. It looks to me like what the iPad ships with is just the capability to charge via USB with your computer. Is that right? If I want to be able to charge from an electrical outlet I need to buy an additional adapter? I'm presuming it can't be used with the wall charger for an iPhone or MacBook.
     
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    you can charge it from a outlet, it comes in the box,i called and asked as I bought a dock :)
     
  3. medgirl2001 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm - I continue to be confused. It looks like the iPad is supposed to ship with the 10W USB power adapter, which is the same accessory they are selling for $29. I guess they're selling it in case people need an extra one?
     
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    iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter
    perhaps that could get you to a TV set

    I think you are correct about the power adapter. the accessory is described, the other is not
     
  5. medgirl2001 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, maybe the separate accessory also gets you the 6 foot cable (I have one anyway from my MacBook, so I don't really need that). Guess I will order without the adapter. I can always get it later if necessary.
     
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  7. medgirl2001 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, cool. So depending on the TV, what you might have to do is get the iPad to VGA cable, then connect it to a cable like you showed if the TV has the component hook up?

    (Thanks for your help - sorry to be stupid about this. Computer stuff I get; home entertainment stuff confuses me).
     
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  9. medgirl2001 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, that gives another option. I'll probably think about it for now and order something later. I am wanting this not so much to use at home, but when traveling, which means I probably need to come up with a solution likely to work with "most" TVs because I won't necessarily know in advance what their hook-ups will be.
     
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    You can almost always count on a composite connection on any TV, but this is the lowest quality connection. $50 for a crappy composite connection strikes me as a bit steep. Actually, $50 for Apple's cables is steep. I am liking the idea of the $30 VGA adapter and with one of Amazon's cables. Has anyone used one of these cheap VGA to xx cables?

    *edit* looking closer at Amazon's page, the description is wrong. This is NOT a VGA to component cable. It's a VGA to RGB cable. This will not work with component inputs.

    -steve
     
  11. dagomike macrumors 65816

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    re: power adapter, the iPad ships with a USB -> 30-pin dock connector and a 10W USB AC adapter. Now sure why you'd really want this kit except to have a longer and beefier grounded power cable.
     
  12. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Thanks for posting this before I did.... that cable is for some very specialized AV equipment, primarily displays used for NTSC editing monitors on video editing systems. Aside from simple pin-out incompatibility, the iPod from the touch and on require Apple's "special" (DRM) chip in the video cables to work, so you pretty much have to buy them from Apple - the cheap dock connector video cables won't work on newer iPods, and likely not the iPad either.
     

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