There’s no denying that Apple’s iPad has been quite successful so far, but it has annoying little problem, it can’t be charged by the USB port on your PC. Well, at least that was the case until today, as Gigabyte has a solution that will allow you to charge your iPad from selected motherboard models.
Although limited to any Gigabyte board that features 3x USB Power, which is mostly fitted it Gigabyte boards that has USB 3.0 support, although it’s not limited to the USB 3.0 ports, as all of the ports on these motherboard can deliver three times the power.
You need to download the On/Off charge utility, install it and the iPad will be able to charge from any USB port on your motherboard. The reason behind the utility is that the iPad needs to be detected so that the USB ports registers that an iPad is attached and will deliver more power than the standard 500mA that you’d get from a normal USB 2.0 port.
As you can see in the video below, the board we tested delivered 1,500mA, slightly lower than the supplied charger, but still plenty power for the iPad to charge, even while switched on. Another advantage is that you can switch off your PC, but the iPad will continue to charge.
However, if you unplug it, it won’t charge when you plug it back in, unless you boot back into Windows first. A neat solution to an annoying problem and this way you can keep the charger in the office and charge your iPad at home from your PC.