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Are you annoyed that your iPad seems to charge really slowly - or that your Windows PC refuses to charge your iPad, instead giving you a 'not charging' message? Here's what you absolutely must know!

When Apple first introduced the iPad, it had what looked like the exact same 'white plug' charger that the iPhone comes with.

UPDATE: WORLD EXCLUSIVE ON brand new FASTER iPad and iOS charging cable just published here - original (and still 100% valid story) continues below.

It was the same story with the iPad 2, and unless Apple does something unexpectedly radical, it should be the same story with the iPad 3, too.

The problem is that the iPhone charger and the iPad charger are two different chargers, even though they look virtually identical.

The difference is in the 'fine print' on the bottom of the charger. If you look closely, an iPhone charger notes that it is an 'iPod charger', while an iPad charger notes that it is a '10w charger'.

This is a crucial difference, because the iPad draws more power to charge, and while an iPhone charger will indeed charge an iPad, it's only a 5w charger and does it at very, very slow speeds - taking hours longer to charge than an iPad charger.

Thus, what I have been doing for friends who have been unaware of the difference between the two chargers is to closely investigate which charger is which, and once the charger with the '10w' notification underneath is established, I either place a sticker or use a black permanent marker and write the word 'iPad' on all the sides of the iPad charger.

This way, it will be impossible to mistake chargers in the future, and fast charging of your iPad is restored once more.

But'¦ what about using your Windows desktop or laptop to charge iPads?

We know that iPhones can easily be charged, but normally - unless you have a newer desktop or laptop that is compatible with iPad charging - you get a message on your iPad that it is 'Not Charging', which is a very frustrating message to be getting - especially if you're running low on power.

Thankfully - there's an answer for most Windows PC users on how they can FINALLY charge their iPads on their PCs, using excellent FREE software, without getting that dreaded 'Not Charging' message - please read on to page two for the amazing details!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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