If you’ve seen any of the post-release breakdowns of the new iPad, you’ve seen the one component that takes up the majority of the space inside that carefully crafted glass and aluminum case: big honking batteries. If you’re like me you’ve been conditioned by years of iPod and iPhone ownership to just plug your device into your computer’s USB port for recharging. While this will work, it’s not necessarily the best option, especially for the third gen iPad.
According to Apple the better method is to use the included wall adaptor to recharge your device. In a recent article at VR-Zone the third gen iPad has been shown to draw up to 2 amps when recharging from fully spent. That’s more power than the typical 500miliAmps that the typical USB 2 port provides. The article does cite some motherboard manufacturers that do provide that level of power, but unless you’ve built your PC it’s a better bet to recharge with an appropriate wall adaptor.