Just recently picked up an iPad 4. Saw that it specifies "not charging" when plugged into the usb port. Saw that it is a common issue due to usb power. I have usb 3.0 ports on my desktop so I tried that and the same result. USB 3.0 is specified for up to 900 ma while 2.0 is 500ma. Course even that can change depending on a few things. Seems that the iPad wants up to 2.1 amps. So I searched for solution using dual usb ports like some external 2.5" laptop hard drives use. I found nothing which surprised me. If I can get 900ma x 2 ports (for 1.8 total amps) I am near the full charge spec for the iPad.

Such cables seem foreign but I found 2 of them. Most Y cables like this come with a mini usb at the end so these are unfortunately rare and more expensive (unless you want to solder your own which I suppose I could do too with my abundance of cables). http://www.shopaddonics.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=AA2USBPC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812161003

From here the lightning cord would simply plug into the female end. Anyone tried something like this? Result?

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  • Related, but not specifically w.r.t. iPad 4th gen and USB 3.0: iPad displays “Not Charging” when plugged into USB ports. What can I do? .. FWIW, if you turn off your iPad screen, it will charge slowly even from USB ports that cause "Not Charging" to display. – Chris W. Rea Mar 4 '13 at 13:37
  • It should be noted that the USB spec doesn't actually support Y Cables, so you mightn't get a good solution from that. A USB hub with it's own power supply, connected to my Mac Mini that has a "High Power" USB port is how I charge my iPad Mini 4 – FreelancerJ Mar 15 '17 at 7:26

A few years late, but something like this will help.

SinLoon-Enhancer Y splitter Hub Adapter Cable-Female-Charge-Extension

It's a Dual Male USB Cable, one of the male connectors are for power, the other for power + data. It should give you a full 1AH with the power connectors from both USB ports, assuming your hub can output more than 500mah total.

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