Several users have reported charging problems with their iPad mini; either they were unable to charge their device or the charging process is very slow.
Is your iPad mini not charging? How to charge:
The iPad mini comes with a 5-watt charger, the same as an iPhone or iPod touch. Using the 5-watt charger, it should take around 3-3.5 hours to charge from 0 to a full 100%. Use the ‘lightning to USB’ cable to connect your iPad mini to a USB power adapter to charge your device.
If you are having problems charging your iPad:
- Is your device attached to a computer via a standard USB port and your device is showing a “not charging” message? This is probably because USB ports may not provide enough power to charge an iPad. Try charging it using an electrical outlet using the charger it came with.
- Ensure that lightning connector has been properly inserted. Remove and insert (unplug then re-plug) it a few times to clean the contacts if there is any debris present. If you can still see some debris in there, use a hair dryer to safely remove the debris.
- Try basic troubleshooting techniques; this includes restarting your device and hard resetting your device. (related: iPad troubleshooting)
- It may be that your battery is completely drained. Plug your device and wait several minutes.
Note: Apple recommends that once a month you let the iPad fully drain to the point of self-shut down and then recharging to 100% without any interruptions.