How many mA does an Apple iPod Charger use?

I need to know how many amps the charger cable that came with my iPod pulls. Please help!

astroboy9075 years ago
Plugged into a computer, it should get 500ma (most common) or 1 amp if your ports can source that and the computer decides it likes that.

An ipod will use 500ma charging and can use 1000ma (1 amp) on a supported charger (usually a wall plug)
You could wire an ammeter in series with it, and measure how much current it is drawing. Maybe a 1 ohm current sensing resistor: put that in series with it, and measure the voltage across it.  Too easy, right?
quatch5 years ago
It charges by USB, so 500mA. It won't charge via unpowered hub.
Burf5 years ago
Below are the specs copied directly from Apple's support page:

About the Apple iPod Power Adapter's Voltage Requirements

The Apple iPod Power Adapter automatically detects and switches to a wide range of input voltages and frequency ranges.

Accepted Input Power Range

  • 100 V to 240 V
  • 50 Hz to 60 Hz
  • 26 VA to 38 VA

The input power range covers most countries in the world. However, when traveling always ensure the input power is within the accepted input power range.

Note: Since the power adapter can accept a wide input power range, only a power outlet adapter, which can be purchased at travel, electronic, and department stores, is required when traveling. The World Travel Adapter Kit is specifically designed for iPod and provides a variety of AC plug adapters that replace the original AC plug adapter.

Apple iPod Output Power

  • 12 V
  • 1.0 A

Note: iPad devices include a 10W USB Power Adapter that can be used with iPod.