If your iPad is not charging when you plug it in, or it charges at a glacial pace, it is time to look into it. It can be difficult to tell if your iPad’s battery is actually dead or if the charging port is malfunctioning. While it is indeed a frustrating problem, there are some troubleshooting tips to help you get to the bottom of the issue.

Before doing anything, make sure you cover your bases. Check that the cable is plugged in all the way and make sure it is a snug fit. The USB end should be tightly attached to the plug, while the plug should be securely plugged into the wall outlet. Double check that the power outlet is on and working. These may seem like obvious steps, but it is essential to make sure you are not accidentally overlooking anything.

Charging your iPad through your Computer

Plugging your iPad into your desktop computer will take longer for it to charge. This method of charging is slower than using a power outlet because a computer cannot give the same amount of wattage. It is not uncommon for an iPad to barely gain energy from charging through a computer port. 

If you are charging through your laptop, you will need to make sure that it is plugged into an outlet and charging itself as well. If it is not, you will need to power it up, or it will not have enough power to give to your iPad.

Best Practices

  1. Do not use your iPad while it is charging. Put down the tablet and walk away. Using your iPad when it is plugged in will only result in a slow or standstill charge. All of the power it is getting will be going straight to whatever app you are using, as the processor and screen need the juice. This is especially true for gaming apps, as the graphics put more of a strain on the battery. Turn your iPad off while it is charging and let it be.
  2. Be sure your lightning port is free of debris and clean. It is common for grime to accumulate in there, which can affect an iPad’s charging speed and capability. Blow on it or use a compressed air blower to clear the port. 
  3. Double check that you are using the right charger. Different Apple gadgets come with different chargers. Apple Watches and iPhones, for example, use 5W chargers while iPads use 12W chargers. Using the wrong model could result in a slower charging speed. The wattage is often labelled on the adaptor, but if you have trouble finding it, reference Apple’s website to see what each type looks like.
  4. Another easy troubleshooting tip is to restart your device. Turn your iPad off for a little bit then turn it back on. Plug it in again to see if it will now charge. If that does not work, try resetting the device.

If none of these tips work, you will need to narrow down which component is to blame. Try different power adaptors, cables, and outlets. And, try a different USB port — perhaps it is just that one particular USB port that is no longer working. If none of these fixes work, you will need to seek the help of a professional. Stop by I Tech Accessories and our experienced technicians will be able to figure out what is going on with your iPad.