August 13, 2021

When it comes to charging an iPad, it can be a slow and painful process depending on the setup that you have. With iPads having batteries up to the size of 10307 mAh, the charging time can be significantly longer than that of charging your phone (on average containing a 3678 mAh battery). 

Many people do not understand this significant difference between phones and iPads, often causing confusion and frustration especially with older iPad models. However, there are ways that you can speed up the charging time. Below we explore some of the things you can do to your iPad and charging set up in order to maximise the power intake and shorten the charging time! 


How to Speed Up Your iPad's Charging Time:

Check Wall Socket and Cable:

When trying to identify why you iPad may be charging slowly, it is best to start at the power source. If you are using a third-party cable or a cable/wall socket that is damaged or worn, it is best that you look at investing in a new cable. 

Damaged cables and wall sockets can lead to inefficient charging and loss of power before it has even reached the iPad. 


Clean the Charge Port:

Next it is important to ensure that the charging cable can have a good clean connection with the iPad itself. To do this it is vital that you clear and remove any debris from the charge port. 

To do this safely, take something like a soft dry brush or toothpick and carefully clean away any dirt or debris that is stuck inside the charge port. Do not apply excessive force or else you run the risk of damaging the port. 


Use a Powerful Charger:

Many people attempt to charge their iPad using their phone charger. However, although this will work, it will be very slow due to the fact that many phone chargers are only 1A and have a low wattage. 

With the latest iPad Pro models you will receive a 20W charger in the box. This is a medium rate charger that will charge you iPad well, however you can further purchase a fast charger from Apple that can range from 30W to 96W. Purchasing a fast charger will significantly increase the rate that your iPad will charge, which is essential if you are using it all day for work or study and rely on a well-charged battery. 


Ensure the iPad is Updated:

To maximise your iPad's efficiency it is important to ensure that all software updates are downloaded and installed when they become available. With software updates, Apple addresses problems, fixes bugs, and tweaks settings to maximise your iPad experience.

Sometimes there are bugs that affect charging significantly which is why Apple released software updates reasonably regularly. If you want things to be running smoothly (including charging), make sure you are always on the latest version of iPadOS.

To update an iPad, open SettingsGeneralSoftware UpdateDownload and Install or Install Now.


Don't Use the iPad While Charging it:

To charge your iPad significantly quicker, you may choose to stop using it while charging. This will ensure that the display is not lit and other significant battery-consuming processes are not in action. All these help in bringing down the charging time.

A further step to take is to turn off the iPad completely while charging. This will let the battery charge up comfortably while all system processes are inactive.


Disable Background App Refresh:

Turning off background app refresh helps save battery and also assists in charging it quickly. To do this, open iPad SettingsGeneralBackground App RefreshBackground App RefreshOff.

It is important to note that when an iPhone is in Low Power Mode, Background App Refresh is automatically off. There isn’t a low power mode in iPadOS, so follow the above steps to turn off Background App Refresh manually.



Charging an iPad can be made easier by introducing all of these tips into your routine of putting it on to charge. If you are struggling with charging your iPad, feel free to get in touch with our support team here at DeXTech. We have a range of products and chargers that could help to aid any issues and get your iPad charging faster! 



Here at DeXTech, we are here to help you with your technology requirements. We stock a wide range of Apple products, from the iPhone 5s all the way through to the iPhone XS, plus the iPad range. Along with this, we carry a huge range of Android smartphones and tablets, including Samsung, Pixel and LG. With these devices on hand we are able to offer technical support every step of the way from assisting to get your device setup to dealing with issues such as network issues or software troubleshooting. We have a helpful team who can lend a hand via our tech support email address: Do not hesitate to reach out!

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