Charging Your HP TouchPad's Battery - dummies

Charging Your HP TouchPad’s Battery

Like any new electronic device, your HP TouchPad may come out of the box with a little bit of battery power, but before you can do anything substantial, you’ll need to charge the battery. Follow these steps to juice your TouchPad’s battery:

  1. Plug the larger end of the USB cable into the AC charger and then plug the AC charger into a wall socket.

  2. Plug the smaller end of the USB cable into the TouchPad.

    The charger cord plugs into the charger/microUSB connector, located on the bottom of the TouchPad. The connector plugs in only one way: with the silver circle on the cable facing the front of the TouchPad.

    A microUSB connector has a flat, trapezoid shape, which makes it different from the miniUSB connector, which is squat and slightly larger.

  3. Wait for the TouchPad to charge.

    You can use the device while it’s charging.

  4. Unplug the TouchPad when the battery icon is green, meaning that it’s fully charged.

    Your TouchPad’s battery icon changes colors to give you details about its battery life:

    • When the battery is very low (about 12%) the battery icon in the upper-right corner of the screen changes to red.

    • When the battery is low (about 20%) the battery icon in the upper-right corner of the screen changes to yellow.

    • When the battery is fully charged, the icon appears full and changes to green.

As an alternative to charging via the USB cable and AC charger, you can place your TouchPad on the HP Touchstone Charging Dock. Besides doubling as a convenient stand, the Touchstone gives you access to applications specifically designed for it via the TouchPad’s Exhibition mode.

The TouchPad also charges itself when it’s plugged into a computer, using either the USB cable that comes with the TouchPad or any microUSB cable attached to a computer. The computer must be on for charging to work. This method generally takes longer than the other methods.