Is a PC/Mac absolutely necessary to charge an iPad?

It says that the mac requirements and/or pc req's are needed to charge the iPad itself. Would the iPad dock eliminate the "middle man", or does the iPad itself have an adapter to plus into an outlet?

  • Asked by Travis V
  • Apr 28, 2010
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3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    It comes with a charger. You don't need a computer to charge it.

    • Answered by Justin G from Loomis
    • Apr 29, 2010
  • No, not at all. In fact, it would be best if you didn't use your computer to charge your iPad. The iPad draws a lot more power than your typical iPhone or iPod, so the 10w power adapter included with iPad is best and will charge your iPad much faster than a computer. The dock has a port just like the one on the bottom of the iPad to connect your 30 Pin Dock Cable that came with your iPad.

    **If you are asking if you need a computer to use iPad the answer is YES. You must have a way to get data (songs, movies, apps, pictures, etc) onto iPad. Even if you plan on just downloading everything to iPad, you must still register/activate your iPad from within iTunes. If you don't your iPad's screen will show an error message telling you to connect it to iTunes.

    • Answered by Alex N from Memphis
    • May 8, 2010
  • No, it comes with an adapter that you just plug into a wall and it charges. You don't need a computer to charge it.

    • Answered by Nancy B from Beachwood
    • May 15, 2010