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How many mA does an Apple iPod Charger use? Answered

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


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?


6 years ago

It charges by USB, so 500mA. It won't charge via unpowered hub.


6 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.