Almost seven years ago, the first version of the Apple Pencil was released, as an accessory to the iPad Pro, which launched at the same time. A new second-generation version came later, which can be charged wirelessly / magnetically alongside compatible iPad models, among other things.
The two versions still live side by side and are sold in many nearby stores. Depending on which iPad you have, you should choose the right pencil.
If you have a regular iPad with a relatively recent history, then this is the first version of the Apple Pencil that you can use.
It has a cap on the end that can be removed to reveal the Lightning plug, and many charge it by inserting it into the Lightning connector on the iPad, also shown on the box:
15 seconds in the port is enough for 30 minutes of use, but if you want to fully charge the battery, you need to leave it for much longer – up to half an hour.
Many reviewers and users think that it was a bad solution when the Apple Pencil was launched, because there would be a certain risk of it breaking in the charging port.
But if you examine the contents of the box closely (see video above), you’ll find a small stopper hiding in the cardboard body. It has a “lightning female” on both ends, so you can put an Apple Pencil on one end, a regular Lightning cable on the other, and thus charge it using a completely normal charging cable. Note, however, that this charge is slower than direct iPad charging.
In the event that you throw out the box with this little plug-in, Apple doesn’t seem to sell it separately, but there are similar products from other manufacturers that can be ordered from Amazon, for example.
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