How to Charge Your Apple Pencil Without the Adapter

You can charge apple pencil without the adapter that came with it. All you need is certified lightning cable and a USB charger.

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Your Apple Pencil can be charged with any Qi-certified wireless charger or the Lightning connector that came with your iPad. If you don’t have an adapter, you can use a wireless charger.

What You Need

Apple’s Pencil charging adapter
One of the neat things about the Apple Pencil is that it doesn’t require a special charger or batteries. All you need is the standard Lightning cable that came with your iPad.

To charge your Pencil, simply plug the Lightning end of the cable into your iPad’s Lightning port, then plug the other end into the Pencil. The Pencil start charging immediately.

The downside to this straightforward charging method is that it means you can’t use your iPad while the Pencil is plugged in and charging. If you’re looking for a way to charge your Pencil while still being able to use your iPad, you’ll need to buy Apple’s Pencil Charging Adapter.

Step One: Connect the Apple Pencil to the iPad

Connect the Apple Pencil to the iPad. Open the cover of the Lightning connector port on your Apple Pencil, then insert the Lightning connector into the port on your iPad.

If you have an iPad Pro (11-inch) or iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), you can store your Apple Pencil on either side of your iPad. Connecting and storing your Apple Pencil on your iPad is a quick way to charge it.

Step Two: Put the Apple Pencil in the Charging Port

There are two ways to charge your Apple Pencil — with the included adapter, or directly through the iPad Pro’s Lightning port.

With the adapter, it takes about two hours to fully charge the Pencil. If you’re in a hurry, you can charge it for 15 minutes to get enough power for 30 minutes of use. To do this, plug the Pencil into the adapter, then plug the adapter into a power outlet using the included Lightning cable.

You can also charge your Apple Pencil by plugging it directly into your iPad Pro’s Lightning port. It’ll take about three and a half hours to fully charge this way.

Step Three: Wait for the Apple Pencil to Charge

Now that your Apple Pencil is plugged in, all you have to do is wait for it to charge. The Apple Pencil takes about 15 seconds to charge enough for 30 minutes of use, so if you’re in a pinch, a quick charge will give you some extra time to work.


We hope this guide was helpful in explaining how to charge your Apple Pencil without the adapter. While it is possible to do so, we do not recommend it as a long-term solution, as it may damage your Pencil or reduce its lifespan. We also recommend using a high-quality, certified Apple Lightning cable for best results. Thanks for reading!

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