Introduction

Experiencing the frustrating issue of your iPad not turning on or charging properly can be rather annoying. Whether you rely on your iPad for school, work, entertainment, or staying in touch with friends and family, addressing the “iPad No Power Not Charging” problem is essential. In this comprehensive guide, we will examine the common causes of this issue and provide you with some actionable solutions that may help bring your iPad back to life.

Common Causes of iPad No Power Not Charging Issues

Before we dive into any troubleshooting, it’s essential to understand what could be causing your iPad’s power problems. Following are some common culprits:

  • Non-genuine or otherwise faulty charging accessories: Damaged or non-genuine Apple charging accessories;
  • Battery issues: If your battery is very old or damaged, it may not charge properly;
  • Software glitches: Sometimes, iOS software issues can prevent your iPad from turning on;
  • Hardware issues: Damage to internal components, short circuit anywhere on the motherboard, water damage caused by corrosion, damaged charging chip or USB protection chip from using non-genuine charging accessories, extreme voltage/temperature fluctuations, flexion damage, drop damaged CPU or power management chip, cold BGA solder joints under chips, pry damage near battery connector, and spontaneous motherboard failure.

Confirming No Power Issue

The first step in diagnosing is to confirm that the problem really is an “iPad No Power Not Charging” issue and not just the display. This is because in many cases, many people (repair technicians included!) mistaken a “display issue” for a “no power issue”. Just because an iPad displays nothing on the screen does not necessarily mean that it’s a no power issue. Many things can cause an iPad to lose it’s backlight, including aftermarket screens, water damage, repair technicians shorting the backlight circuit by using metal tools with the device powered on, display connector pry damage.

It is relatively easy to differentiate a “no display/no image issue” from a “no power issue”. In the case of no display/no image, the device is technically on, you just can’t see anything on the actual screen. Connecting the device to a computer will tell you if it’s actually on or not. If your device is recognised by iTunes, the device is on but you have a display problem. If the device is not recognised by iTunes, then you have confirmed it as a true “iPad No Power” issue.

Troubleshooting Steps

After confirming the no power issue, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of troubleshooting. These steps will help you identify and possibly resolve the issue:

1. Inspect the Charging Cable and Power Adapter

Before delving into more complex solutions, it’s vital to ensure that the charging cable and power adapter are not the culprits behind the issue. Confirm that you are using genuine Apple charging cables and inspect them for any visible signs of physical damage such as frayed wires or bent connectors. Additionally, try using a different genuine charging cable and adapter to rule out any potential malfunctions.

2. Verify Power Source and Outlet

Sometimes, the issue lies with the power source or outlet rather than the iPad itself. Check if the power outlet is working correctly by plugging in another device. Furthermore, ensure that you are using a reputable power source, as low-quality adapters and power strips with integrated USB ports may not provide sufficient power to charge your iPad effectively.

3. Clean the iPad Charging Port

Over time, debris, dust, and lint can accumulate in the charging port, obstructing the connection between the charger and the iPad. While the iPad is powered off, use a clean soft-bristled plastic brush, compressed air, and a plastic toothpick to gently clean the charging port. Be careful not to damage the port while doing so.

4. Restart or Force Restart Your iPad

Performing a restart or force restart of your iPad can resolve various software-related issues. To restart your iPad, press and hold the power button until the slider appears, then slide it to power off. To force restart, simultaneously press and hold the power button and the home button (or volume down button for newer models) until the Apple logo appears.

5. Update iPad Software

Outdated iOS software can lead to compatibility issues and malfunctions. Ensure that your iPad is running the latest iOS software version by going to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, proceed with the installation to potentially resolve the power and charging problem.

6. Reset iPad Settings

Resetting your iPad’s settings can sometimes address software conflicts and misconfigurations that may be causing the power and charging issue. Go to Settings > General > Reset and choose “Reset All Settings.” This action will only reset personalised settings without erasing your data.

7. Restore iPad via iTunes

If the previous steps have not resolved the issue, connecting your iPad to a computer and using iTunes to restore it can be a potential solution. Launch iTunes, connect your iPad via a genuine Apple certified USB cable, and select the device within iTunes. From there, you can choose to either perform an iOS update (if one is available) or restore your iPad to its factory settings. Be sure that your iPad has been backed up completely as this action will erase ALL your data.

8. Seeking Professional Help

If all else fails, it’s time to consider some professional help. Because this situation is not end-user repairable, it requires a skilled motherboard technician to determine the faults within the power lines. Seki Gadgets offers this specialist service to both retail and business customers through Local Walk-In Appointments and Mail-In Service. Get In Touch With Us Today to learn more about our iPad motherboard repair services.

FAQs

How to determine genuine charging accessories?

To verify genuine MFi charging accessories for your iPad, look for the Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) logo on the packaging. Check for high-quality printing and consistency in branding. Non-genuine accessories may have poor build quality, such as rough edges and loose connections. Make sure the connectors and cables have smooth edges and fit snugly. Genuine accessories often have a certain weight and feel. Some may have serial numbers for verification on Apple’s website. Always purchase from authorised retailers to ensure authenticity and avoid counterfeit products.

How do I verify the charging source for my iPad?

To verify the charging source for your iPad, use the original Apple power adapter or a certified third-party adapter along with a genuine Apple Lightning to USB cable. Ensure both the adapter and cable are undamaged and securely connected. Plug the adapter into a known working wall outlet and check for the lightning bolt icon next to the battery indicator, indicating charging. Monitor the battery percentage to ensure it increases over time and check the estimated charging time in the Settings app. Watch for abnormal behavior such as overheating or slow charging and disconnect the charger if necessary.

How can I clean my iPad charging port?

To clean your iPad charging port, power off the device completely and gather a soft-bristled plastic brush, compressed air, and a plastic toothpick. Carefully inspect the port for obvious signs of debris using a flashlight, then gently brush away any visible buildup. Use short bursts of compressed air to remove remaining particles, ensuring the can is held upright to prevent moisture damage. If needed, use a fine plastic toothpick to delicately loosen stubborn debris. Reconnect your iPad to your confirmed charging source to ensure proper charging functionality.

How do I force restart my iPad?

To force restart your iPad, first, locate the Volume Up button and the Side (or Power) button on your device. Press and quickly release the Volume Up button, then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Next, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Release the Side button, and your iPad will restart. This method is useful if your iPad becomes unresponsive or if you need to troubleshoot certain issues.

How can I update my iPad software?

There are two ways to update your iPad software: Over-the-air (OTA) updates via Wi-Fi and updates through iTunes. For OTA updates, connect to Wi-Fi, go to Settings > General > Software Update, and tap Download and Install if an update is available. For iTunes updates, connect your iPad to your computer using an Apple Lightning to USB cable, open iTunes, select your iPad, go to the Summary tab, and click Check for Update. If an update is available, click Download and Update and follow the on-screen instructions. Both methods will ensure your iPad has the latest software with new features, improvements, and security enhancements.

Conclusion

Dealing with an iPad that will not power on or refuses to charge can be very frustrating, but by following the troubleshooting steps outlined in this guide, you can increase your chances of resolving the issue on your own. Remember to start with the simple solutions such as checking the charging cable and power source before moving on to the more advanced steps like restoring your iPad. By taking the necessary steps and remaining patient, you can restore your iPad’s functionality and get back to enjoying its features effortlessly.

We hope this guide has been helpful in your quest to revive your iPad. Remember, you’re not alone in facing these challenges, and there’s always a solution just around the corner.

Additional Resources

For more information and assistance, feel free to explore the following additional Apple resources:

How to update the iOS firmware on your iPhone or iPad: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204204
How to force restart your iPad: https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/ipad/ipad9955c007/ipados
Learn how to turn your iPad off, then back on: https://support.apple.com/en-au/101603
Important handling information for iPad: https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/ipad/ipadab498ed1/ipados
How to clean your Apple products: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT204172