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Optional Battery Charging Options to Keep Your iPhone or iPad Running

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In this article, Jason R. Rich explores your various options for keeping your iPhone or iPad's battery charged throughout the day, despite heavy use. Plus, he offers tips for extending the iOS device's battery life while you're on the go.
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Once you become heavily reliant on your iPhone or iPad in your everyday life, one of the worst things that can happen is that the device's battery goes dead partway through your hectic day.

Upgrading to iOS 5.0.1 addresses some of the iPhone's battery issues[md]and, according to Apple, will extend its battery life. You can also follow some of the tips offered shortly to extend your iOS device's battery life in between charges.

Plus, you can choose from a variety of optional chargers and/or external battery packs that are small, lightweight, and that will keep your iPhone or iPad running for hours, even when a traditional AC electrical outlet is nowhere to be found.

Regardless of which method(s) you use to keep your iPhone or iPad's battery charged, while the charging process is underway, you can continue to use your device, but the battery recharge process will be a bit slower.

Using the USB Cable and Power Adapter to Recharge Your Battery

Your iPhone or iPad came with a white USB cable and USB power adapter that can be used in conjunction with an electrical outlet to recharge your device's battery. Or you can use the same USB cable without the power adapter to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer, via its USB port, and charge the device's battery that way.

An optional dock, which is specific to the model iPhone or iPad you're using, can also be used in conjunction with the USB cable when connecting your iPhone or iPad to a computer. This dock serves as a tabletop stand for your device, plus it makes it easier to connect and disconnect it from the charging cable.

Keep in mind, however, that if you're using an iPad 2 and have an older PC or Mac, the USB port on your computer might not generate enough power to recharge your tablet's battery. If, when you connect your iPad 2 to your computer, in the upper-right corner of the iPad 2's screen you see a message that says, "Not Charging," you'll need to use an alternative charging method.

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