Use iPad with car charger.

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Dave Weckl, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Dave Weckl macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone.

    I would like to make a question about using my ipad with the car charger of Iphone. Is the power suplly the same for both devices or each device have diferente power supllys and i need to buy a diferente charger to plug ipad
    in the car?


    Thks for your help.
     
  2. ewilson6 macrumors 6502

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    Ipad won't charge on car charger, needs to be charged by wall charger.
     
  3. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure about that? I think I've charged mine that way.

    It might not charge fast (especially a new generation retina iPad), but I think it should trickle some juice in. You might also specifically get a 10W charger (I believe I've seen one from Garmin).
     
  4. RadDave macrumors regular

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    An appropriate car charger (i.e. made for iPhone/iPod or iPad) should provide the proper wattage to charge the iDevice (about twice needed for the iPad, i.e. 10W). Check the Apple store for their offerings & also Amazon - in addition, read the reviews carefully, some of these 3rd party accessories are poorly made and may malfunction or not even work; plus, I've had one that was almost impossible to remove!

    If a charger is not working, then of course it may be broken or not offer the right power for the iDevice - another consideration (happen to me when wife could not charge her phone in the car) - i.e. I checked the car's fuse box and the one to the car chargers had blown - replaced and then not a problem - so might be worth a look?

    Finally, I decided to not use these car adapters and bought the battery pack shown below (now < $35 on Amazon w/ a superb review) - has multiple wattage outputs and can charge any iDevice & multiple ones simultaneously in the car or in your house/hotel room - good luck! :)

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  5. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a

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    Just like your iPad wont charge plugged into the computer, it won't charge in the car with a basic cigarette lighter connection, unless, you spend a couple hundred on a master charger...:p
     
  6. filmbuff macrumors 6502a

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    Are you serious?

    The iPad charger is 2.1 amps. I saw 2.1 amp USB cigarette lighter adapters at Lowes for $5.00
     
  7. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    I charge my iPad using my black 2008 MacBook every day.
     
  8. Ckwilson73 macrumors member

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    I use a car charger daily for my iPad 3. I have one made by extreme Mac, that actually charges as well as my apple charger at home.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That is false. You can certainly charge iPads, iPods and iPhones in the car, using an adapter like this:
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  10. RadDave macrumors regular

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    Well assuming that you're using a USB port, I suspect that the iPad charges much more slowly than w/ the standard 10W (or more now) charger that comes w/ the iPad?

    USB ports on Apple computers can provide from 500mA to 1100mA @ 5V (depending on the USB type & other considerations - info HERE), so even w/ the top amperage, the power (i.e. watts) would still be about half that of the iPad charger - :)
     
  11. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    I actually think it charges much faster using the USB port on my MB then it does using the included wall charger.
     
  12. RadDave macrumors regular

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    Really? :confused: Well, makes no sense to me w/ the wattage requirements quoted above - but, would be interesting if you ran the iPad down to the same battery level and then timed the charging for the two methods?

    And, maybe I should start plugging the iPad into my MBP - hmmm? :)
     
  13. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    I can even keep an iPhone charging on the other USB port and it charges perfectly. There have been one or two time in the month of owning the ipad that I had to unplug the phone to get the iPad to charge but I've had both plugged in since last night with no problems. Both have stayed at 100% in over 12 hrs.
     

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