Charge Apple Pencil and Show charge status

With the Apple Pencil, you can write, draw, edit pictures, and much more on your iPad Pro. The fact that the Pencil is relatively long is because the battery is built directly into it. If you use the Apple Pencil frequently, the question of how to charge it and how to find out its charge status will naturally arise sooner or later.

Charge Apple Pencil

Unlike the iPad, the Pencil itself does not have a charging indicator. There are also differences between the Apple Pencil and the Apple Pencil 2 in terms of charging. In our article, we describe ways to charge the Apple Pencil. In addition, we explain how you can read the charging status and how long you have to charge the Pencil.

Charge the Apple Pencil first-generation

You can charge the first Apple Pencil using two different methods: directly on the iPad or via a USB port. To charge the Apple Pencil on the iPad, you need to remove the cap on the top of the Pencil and plug the exposed Lightning connector into the iPad’s Lightning port.

This method works not only for iPad but also for iPhones with a Lightning port. However, if the charge level of your device is low, this method is not recommended because the charge of your iPad or iPhone is used to charge the Apple Pencil.

Once the Apple Pencil is sufficiently charged, you can simply pull it out again and close it with the cap to protect it. The second method allows you to charge the Apple Pencil without an iPad or iPhone. The included adapter for the Lightning cable remedies this: With this adapter, you can also charge the Pencil at a USB port.

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How to charge the Apple Pencil 2

The new Apple Pencil is only compatible with the new iPad Pro models. Conversely, you can only use the first-generation Apple Pencil with older models. Unlike its predecessor, the Apple Pencil 2 is not completely round but has an angular shape on one side.

You can charge the second-generation Apple Pencil without a cable. To do so, you have to pair it with the iPad Pro: Place the Apple Pencil 2 with the flat side against the right side of the iPad. Since this side is magnetic, the Pencil now stays there and charges.

The advantage: You can charge iPad Pro and Apple Pencil at the same time. However, the iPad is always needed for charging since the tip can no longer be removed, and there is no Lightning port. Therefore, the second generation can no longer be via iPhone or cable.

Show charge status of the Apple Pencil

With the first generation, you can read the charge level of the Apple Pencil by opening the notification center on your iPad. The charge level of your iPad will also display here. With the new Apple Pencil, the charge level is displayed directly when you clip the Pencil to the right side of your iPad and pair the accessory with the device in this way.

An alternative to reading the charge level is the widget and message screen. To do this, swipe to the right from the home screen.

How long does it take to charge?

The Apple Pencil charges extremely fast; the first generation takes around 30 minutes to charge fully. According to Apple itself, the total usage time is 12 hours. In summary, we can therefore say that there is a good ratio between charging and usage time.

You can use the Apple Pencil in combination with a variety of apps that are specifically tailored to it. This is because Apple’s stylus is suitable for writing notes and painting, designing, modeling, and much more. We have compiled the most interesting and creative apps in our guide article.

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