The One Charging Mistake Every iPad User Should Stop Making, According To A Tech Expert

August 11, 2019 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Tech

If your iPad is not charging properly, there could be a few problems at hand — and it’s more likely than not that it has a quick fix.

Your iPad should, ideally, last you an entire day before it needs to be charged again. And if it is dying a premature death, tech experts agree that making a few changes could be all it takes to get your device back up and charging properly.

This is the one charging mistake every iPad user should stop making, according to a tech expert.


To the naked eye, it may look like your iPad is charging. The charger is in properly, or so it seems, and your home screen even indicates that it is receiving a charge. But after an hour, you check on your iPad and its battery power hasn’t risen all that much.

What gives?

The experts at StackExchange say one of the first things you should focus on is the charger itself.


If you’re using an iPhone power adapter to charge your iPad, it will work, experts say — but it will probably also charge your device a lot slower. Using a third-party charger with your iPad is also another common culprit that could not only slow down your battery charge, but actually damage your device’s battery. These options may be cheaper than investing in a dedicated iPad charger, but they usually aren’t worth the potential hassle.


If you are using an iPad charger and it’s still giving you problems, thoroughly check the charger and cable to make sure there aren’t any splits or frays in the wire.

According to StackExchange: “If your iPad is at fault, restart your iPad by holding the power button and home button together until you see an Apple logo. Try charging it again when it comes back on in a few seconds.”


Another important step to take is to make sure you are running the latest software update on your iPad.

And, when all else fails, run a toothpick or Q-tip along and inside of the charging port itself. A bit of dust, dirt, or debris stuck inside of your device is all it sometimes takes to slow down your iPad charge.


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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