How to Charge an Apple Pencil (Any Generation)

How to Charge Apple Pencils 2nd Generation

Once you have completed the initial pairing process to connect your Apple Pencil with your iPad you can simply place it on top your Apple tablet, right next to the volume and power buttons.


The charging process should start automatically. Your second-generation Apple Pencil’s battery level should be briefly displayed on the screen.

Make sure that your iPad’s Bluetooth has been turned on. It won’t detect your Apple Pencil if it isn’t.

How to Charge an Apple Pencil of the 1st Generation

The first-generation Apple Pencil, unlike the second-generation model’s wireless charging, does not support wireless charging. It must be physically connected to your iPad in order to charge.


This is done by removing the cap from the top of the silver band.

You can also charge an Apple Pencil with the Lightning adapter that comes with it.


Simply plug in the Apple Pencil to one end and your Lightning charger cable to the other. Finally, plug it into a power supply.

Can I charge my Apple Pencil without a charger?

The first and second-generation Apple Pencils do not require a charger to charge their batteries.

You can wirelessly charge your second-generation Apple Pencil, as shown above by placing it on top a compatible iPad. To get more power, the original Apple Pencil can simply be plugged into an iPad’s Lightning port.

Is Apple Pencil really necessary to charge?

Yes. Yes, unlike other styluses that require replaceable batteries. Both the first- and second-generation Apple Pencils have built-in rechargeable batteries.

The good news about the Apple Pencil is that it has a 12-hour battery life, so you don’t need to charge it as often.

Keep the second-generation Apple Pencil in a place you can reach when it isn’t being used. It will be charged every time you need it.

What is the Charge Time for an Apple Pencil

Although charging an Apple Pencil takes around 30 minutes, you don’t have to wait for it reach 100 percent before you can use it. You will get approximately 30 minutes of power after just 15 seconds of charging. The charging process can be stopped at any moment.

The Battery widget on your iPad allows you to check the current charge level for your Apple Pencil.

Why Won’t My Apple Pencil Charge On My iPad?

Only the second-generation Apple Pencil supports wireless charging if attached to an iPad’s top. The following iPad models support wireless charging.

  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch (3rd and fourth generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and 2nd generation).

The charging process will not start if you place the second-generation Apple Pencil over an iPad that is not on the list.

Wireless charging a first-generation Apple Pencil using one of these iPad models will not work, because the Apple Pencil model does not support wireless charging.

If your second-generation Apple Pencil is still not charging, make sure you place it on top of your iPad next to the volume and power buttons. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Make sure that your iPad is on, charged or plugged in to a power source. If the iPad isn’t powered up, an Apple Pencil will not charge.


  • How can you connect Apple Pencil and iPad?

    To connect Apple Pencil and iPad, plug the Apple Pencil into the Lightning port of your iPad. Then tap Pair or connect the Pencil with the side of the iPad. Tap Connect.
  • Which iPads work with Apple Pencil and what iPads do they support?

    Different iPads may be compatible depending on which Apple Pencil generation you have. Apple’s official Apple Pencil compatibility webpage will show you which Pencils are compatible with which iPads.

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