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.
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!
So, it was with great interest that I discovered the free 'Asus Ai Charger' software, available for free download here.
'Ai Charger turns any PC into a flexible power-up station for popular Apple devices through a simple USB connector, extending their usability and benefit in every lifestyle.
'Charging goes up to 50% faster and smoother while you do your work or have fun - whether at home or on the go. The Ai Charger software is available for a variety of chipsets and motherboards from ASUS as well as all desktops, so [download our free software and] prepare for even more enjoyment!'
Now, I'm using a MacBook Pro, which can charge iPads, so I don't have this problem. However, my father, who inherited my iPad 1, has a Core i5 Samsung notebook, which always gave him the 'Not Charging' message.
So, I downloaded this software (which works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and probably Windows 8 too), loaded it onto my Dad's Samsung, and'¦ lo and behold'¦ his Samsung Windows 7 laptop can now charge his iPad!
Chances are this software will work for you too, and while there are no guarantees, it's certainly worth trying out - well, if you have an iPad and a Windows PC that is, and are also sick of seeing that 'Not Charging' message. Here's that download link for the Asus Ai Charger again.
So'¦ please don't put up with slow iPad recharging by using the wrong white Apple charger, and if you've got a Windows PC, an iPad and are getting the 'Not Charging' message, please give Asus' free Ai Charger a go - it just might charge up and change your iLife!