iPad Charging Woes

Last week was pretty exciting for me in my geeky way of life.  My new iPad arrived last week and I was pretty stoked to have a new toy to play with.  The first week with the device was pretty awesome as I quickly bought accessories and programs for this thing that was eating up my already short attention span.

Well, it’s do or die time for my new iPad. The marvel from my favorite consumer electronics company is starting to disappoint me very much. Despite it’s awesome screen, fast response times, and general excellence, it just takes way too long to charge and unfortunately, the only place it seems to want to charge is from the wall outlet via it’s own charging unit. No more charging when at the computer apparently. And even when I have it hooked up directly to my computer and says it’s charging, it really isn’t. I’ve watched the battery meter slowly trickle down even further when charging while doing absolutely nothing with the device. I spend a lot of time at my computer and I expect to be able to use my device when next to my machine. I’m running an experiment right now to see just how long it takes to go from a 4% charge to 100%. According to everything I’ve read, it should take about 4 hours to complete charging. This seems reasonable, but if the device is not at 100% by the end of the morning, it will end up going back to Apple.

Based on what I’ve read online, I’m not the only person having these problems. No one seems to have a clear explanation and most seem to be willing to accept the answer that they’ll have to charge from the brick instead of the USB port on their PC. Bottom line is this: if the device doesn’t charge in a reasonable amount of time, then I will have no use for it. Who needs a mobile device that spends almost as much time charging as an Android device? That’s one of the reason I left the Android platform to begin with…. oh, the apps on Android are terrible as well. Can’t forget to mention that.

So once again, if the device isn’t 100% charged in the morning, it’s going back. I’d rather repurpose the money for a new laptop instead.