iPad Question re: "Not Charging"

Discussion in 'iPad' started by dkillgo, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. dkillgo macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Hi all,

    If my iPad 3 is plugged into my computer and it says "Not Charging", is the iPad still running using power from the computer, or is it going to drain at its normal rate as if it wasn't plugged in?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. theConvinced macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011

    Is it true you are not using either the factory supplied power charger or cable?

    These are my observations and should not be taken as gospel.

    When using a non apple certified 30pin to lightning connector I get the same message even though the iPad is charging. It is not charging enough to be using it at the same time without draining the battery. It is charging enough that I can leave it overnight and the next morning it will be 100%. After iOS 7.X some non-certified parts do not even seem to work. Not all just some. Running the same program NFL Sunday ticket all day with the factory supplied cables and power adapter and the iPad will still be getting a positive charge.

    Just my observations
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    What computer are you plugging it into?

    I see this occur when I plug my phone into a PC that either doesn't have a USB2 or its under-powered for some reason.

    I have not seen this occur when using a Mac, but it seems fairly consistent with PCs
  4. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2013
    I'm under the impression that current usb ports on computers can't supply enough amperage to charge 9.7" iPads, similar to the small apple cube chargers (those used by iPhones and 1st gen Minis)
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    This is correct. The iPad won't charge from most PC USB ports, but Mac USB ports some magically provide the correct voltage. Amazing.
  6. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    BTW, you also get this message from a Mac if there's a cheap USB hub in between the ipad and the Mac. (no surprise there of course) :)
  7. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    Even if it says "not charging" it is usually charging but at a very slow rate. All my iDevices show that when plugged into my PC but when left overnight end up fully charged.

    If you are using it while plugged in it most likely will slowly discharge because the power draw on the battery is greater than the power in from the USB ports.

    Some PC's have a BIOS setting to increase the power to a specific USB port and even lets you charge when the PC is shut down (but obviously not unplugged).
  8. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I charge mine all the time on my 2008 black MacBook. It never shows not charging so it does supply enough power. I will get the not charging indicator if I plug it into my wired keyboard.

    The iPad will still charge but very slowly if it shows not charging. I got that from the Apple website.
  9. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2011
    Amperage. ;) USB is always 5v.


    With my Air plugged in to my ATD using a non-Apple Lightning cable...


    Product ID: 0x12ab
    Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
    Version: 4.02
    Serial Number: 1df4f7b0afcc5d5eba61cc152ac9b154f970129d
    Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
    Location ID: 0x40130000 / 8
    Current Available (mA): 500
    Current Required (mA): 500
    Extra Operating Current (mA): 1600

    With it plugged directly into the rMBP it's the same. Using the Lighting cable supplied by Apple...it's still the same. So the USB ports are supplying 2.1A (500mA + 1600mA) via the USB ports. Impressive!
  10. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    This is true. I just leave the computer out of the equation though and just plug into wall. Any syncing is done via icloud so I don't really need to plug into a computer.
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    When I'm at work, that's all I do, especially since I sync it with my Mac at home :)
  12. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Except the cloud sync are not 100% complete. Some things are not saved from what I understand.
  13. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    I've used icloud backup for a long time. Backed up my ipad3 and restored everything to my Air. I haven't had to plug my Air into a computer once.
  14. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    That sounds good, but the post you replied to is still true. Apps that have been removed from the App Store will not be restored. Purchased tones aren't restored either for whatever reason, but those probably aren't as common on the iPad as the iPhone. Whenever I do an iCloud restore I get a message that some content can't be restored and to plug into a computer to get the rest.

    In reply to the original post, when I see the not charging message that typically means the device will charge when the screen is off, but while you can see that "not charging" message on the screen the battery will drain.

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