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Learn How to Charge Apple Pencil

How Long Does it Take to Charge Apple Pencil?

The Apple Pencil has a lightning connector so you can connect it directly to the Lightning Port on your iPad Pro. It charges wirelessly, which means there is no cable required to charge your Apple Pencil. In fact, when you have the pencil inserted into the iPad Pro and are charging, the iPad Pro is able to detect that and will not enter standby mode.

There is no definitive answer as to how long it will take to charge your Apple Pencil, as it depends on how depleted the battery is and the wattage of the charger you are using. However, typically a full charge will take around two hours. If you are in a hurry, you can use a higher wattage charger to get the battery up to 50% in around 15 minutes. So that means for full charged Apple Pencil you need 30 minutes.

Apple claim that the Apple Pencil will provide 12 hours of usage between charges. This can mean less than or more than 12 hours depending on how much you use it, and what features you use (for example, if you are constantly rotating layers in Procreate, it will deplete the battery more quickly).

Can I charge Apple Pencil with iPhone?

No, Apple Pencil can only be charged with the supplied USB-A to Lightning Charger.

Is there anything I need to do when charging?

There is no need for you to shut down your iPad Pro when charging the Apple Pencil; it will not enter standby mode while charging (unlike when you are using it). However, if you are using a third-party stylus with your iPad Pro, it is recommended to close any apps that may be running in the background. This is because the app will continue to receive input from the stylus even if it’s not being used, which can drain the battery faster.

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How do I check the battery level on my Apple Pencil 1?

To check the battery level on your Apple Pencil 1, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Apple Pencil 1 to your device.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Bluetooth“.
  4. Under “Other Devices“, you should see your Apple Pencil 1.
  5. Tap on it to see the battery level of your Apple Pencil 1. Your Apple Pencil 1 will also show up in your device’s “Batteries widget“. Simply swipe over to the widgets screen and select it to check the battery level of your Apple Pencil 1 (steps 3-4 can be done from the lock screen as well).

If the battery level of your Apple Pencil 1 is low, you can charge it using the Lightning connector. Simply plug the Lightning connector into the port on your device and then plug the other end of the connector into an available power outlet. Your device will automatically start charging your Apple Pencil 1. The LED on your Apple Pencil 1 will also turn white when it is charging.

How do I check the battery level on my Apple Pencil 2?

To check the battery level on your Apple Pencil 2, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Bluetooth“.
  3. Under “Other Devices“, you should see your Apple Pencil 2.
  4. Tap on it to see the battery level of your Apple Pencil 2 (steps 3-4 can be done from the lock screen as well). Your Apple Pencil 2 will also show up in your device’s “Batteries widget”. Simply swipe over to the widgets screen and select it to check the battery level of your Apple Pencil 2.

If the battery level of your Apple Pencil 2 is low, you can charge it using a USB-C power adapter or using your device’s Lightning port. Simply plug the cable into the port on your device and then plug one end of the other connector into an available power outlet. Your device will automatically start charging your Apple Pencil 2. The LED on your Apple Pencil 2 will also turn white when it is charging.

Can You Charge Apple Pencil Without iPad?

Apple Pencil can be charged either using your device’s Lightning port or using a USB-C power adapter. Charging is possible when you are using Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro, any other compatible iPad model with iOS 12 installed, or on an iPhone XS, XR, XS Max or X.

When you charge Apple Pencil in the Lightning port of your device, it is not physically connected to the device and is not charging wirelessly (which means that if you pick up your device while it is still charging and use Touch ID for authentication purposes with Apple Pay Cash or Face ID), then it will disconnect and is no longer charging.

To make sure it stays plugged in, use the screen lock button located on top of Apple Pencil to lock it in place.

Apple Pencil is also compatible with the USB-C power adapter. Simply plug one end of the cable into an available power outlet and then plug the other end into your device’s Lightning port or directly into your Apple Pencil 2, depending on which you are charging.

Does Apple Pencil work at any angle?

Yes, but there are limitations. When you are drawing/writing with Apple pencil, the tip should be sitting on top of glass (such as the iPad Pro) so that it can accurately detect touches. If you place Apple pencil on a desk, for example, it will not correctly sense your touch input since it is not sitting on of glass.

You can take advantage of the iPad Pro’s tilt detection feature by angling Apple pencil to control shading and line weight while drawing. For example, tilting Apple pencil towards the sky will darken your lines while tilting it towards the ground will lighten them. You can also use two hands to control line weight in different ways.

For example, holding Apple pencil with your thumb and little finger will give you more control over the thickness of your lines.

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