Why is My Battery Going Down While Charging iPad?


While you cannot use your iPad every waking minute of your day without a break, your iPad can last quite a long time without needing to charge. A good way to prolong your usage of the iPad beyond its normal charge rate is to simply keep it plugged in while you are using it. This usually lets your battery charge without you having to worry about it dying. However, sometimes you may find that your iPad’s battery is draining faster than it is charging. But why does that happen?

In most cases, this occurs when using a charger that doesn’t meet your iPad’s charging requirements. It’s highly recommended to use the iPad’s official charger. In other cases, your power source may be the issue. If you’ve been using your PC to charge your iPad try switching your Power source to a power outlet.

But what else can cause your iPad battery to drain faster than it charges? And what can be done to fix this problem?

Why is My Battery Going Down While Charging iPad?

Try a different charging cable

One of the main reasons this occurs is when you use a charger that offers a weaker voltage than the recommended amount. Typically it isn’t an issue when using a charger that offers a voltage higher than required since your iPad would only accept its required amount.

However, the issue occurs when you use a weaker charger. What typically occurs here is your iPad may charge slowly or simply maintain its current battery for a small period of time and then begin to lose battery even when plugged in. So it’s extremely important to use a charger that provides the recommended voltage for your iPad.

Try a different Power Source

Another common reason this issue occurs is the power source may not be providing sufficient power. If you’ve been powering your iPad by plugging in the charging cable to your PC, try switching it up and use a power outlet instead.

You are doing too many things at once

While an iPad is capable of doing quite a lot all at once without having the battery drain faster than it charges, it is by no means impossible. In addition to the app you are currently using, you can potentially have dozens of apps using your battery while in the background. Make sure you close apps instead of just navigating away from them when you are done with them.

The iPad is not actually charging

This may seem like a silly mistake to make, but it occurs all too often. It is an easy mistake to make, and one that is usually easy to rectify. Double-check that your charging cord is both plugged into your iPad and whatever you are using to charge it. The wall outlet is the best way to charge, as it charges faster than other methods usually do. Another potential issue is that your cord is only loosely inserted into one of them. Alternatively, the charging cable or charging brick may be damaged in some way, preventing them from charging the iPad at all.

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Another issue that you may have is that the thing you are plugged into does not have any power at the moment. For example, if your wall outlet lacks power, this may mean that you need to re-enable it on your circuit breaker.

In order to tell whether your iPad is charging, check the battery icon. This icon is located in the top-right corner of the status bar, with the icon indicating how much battery your iPad has, as well as if it is charging. If the charging icon has a lightning bolt symbol on it, this means that it is currently charging. If this icon is absent, however, it suggests that your iPad is not currently being charged.

The cord needs to be unplugged and plugged back in

At times, your iPad may be charging, but a connection issue may cause your iPad to charge more slowly than normal. This is not a guaranteed fix, but if you unplug the cord from your iPad and then plug it back in, it may be able to charge at a normal rate.

Your battery is running out of charge

This is a problem that occurs most often when you have owned an iPad for a long time. Batteries do not last forever, just like any kind of electronics, and over time, your iPad will be less able to retain a charge. This may affect how fast your iPad’s battery charges, and eventually, the iPad’s battery may be completely unable to hold a charge, rendering the iPad useless without having the battery replaced.

According to Apple, the iPad’s battery will run at 80 percent capacity after 1000 charges. So, for instance, the battery, after 1000 charges (roughly three years after purchasing it), expect that you will lose approximately two hours worth of battery life across that time (8 hours instead of 10 hours).

How long does the iPad’s battery last?

At best, you can expect your iPad’s battery to last 10 hours between charges. This figure will vary depending on the intensity of your iPad’s usage. You can extend the length of your iPad’s battery by limiting the number of things you do at once. As discussed above, if you have owned your iPad for at least a few years, your iPad’s battery will last less time than it did when it was new.

How do I swap out my iPad battery if my old battery is defective?

If your battery appears to be nonfunctional, or draining far faster than what you should expect, you may wonder whether you can replace your old battery with a new one. Unfortunately, the iPad (as well as the iPhone) is designed in such a way that you cannot replace the battery yourself without having the right tools and skills to do so. If you want to have your iPad battery replaced, you would first need to get in contact with Apple support to set up such a replacement. You can also set up any repairs of your iPad if the problem cannot be fixed simply by having the battery replaced.

When having your iPad services by Apple, it is important to note that you will likely have to pay them a service fee. The only exception is if the battery issue is a defect, and if the defect occurred within the warranty period of the iPad. The iPad comes with a one-year warranty, and if you want to extend the length and coverage, you can purchase an additional warranty.

Can you use an iPhone without a battery while plugged in?

If your battery is nonfunctional, you may wonder if you can use your iPad without it. Unlike a laptop, which can run without a battery, your iPad can only run on the battery. Thus, you will need to have it replaced to continue using your iPad.

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