iPad Will using a 5W (iPhone) charger damage my iPad?

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  1. Benjobox macrumors newbie

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    Occasionally I've used my iPhone charger to breathe some life into my iPad. This has been for a few minutes when I've just had one charger.

    I've heard that using the 5W can mess up the circuitry and degrade the battery etc. Is this true?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    It will not harm anything, it will just charge slower.
     
  3. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    Apples own support pages list the Chargers as compatible.

    I regularly charge my iPhone with my iPad charger and visa versa.
     
  4. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    nope, but won't charge it either... at least the older ones.
     
  5. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I have charged each iPad I have owned (back to the original) with whichever generation iPhone charger I have had at the time. Which models are you having trouble with?
     
  6. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    first ipad with small square charger usually said 'not charging' near the battery (but used the adapter's power). same thing happened when plugging to computer usb ports. only the big 12w adapter would charge it.
     
  7. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Strange. I charged my first gen iPad with the charger that came with my iPhone 4.
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    This is normal with a 5w charger or older USB port but if you turn the screen off of power the iPad off after plugging it in it'll charge just fine
     
  9. newellj, Jan 26, 2015
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    I regularly use the current 5W chargers to charge my rMini and Air. As a few people said, it's slower, but it works fine. No "not charging" warnings.
     
  10. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

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    "Not Charging" doesn't actually mean "Not Charging". It's just receiving quite a small amount of juice, still there though. It's enough where you can charge the thing overnight but if you use the iPad with like max brightness while it's charging, the battery percentage will likely decrease.
     

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