How to Charge Apple Pencil without Adapter: 3 Easy Ways

Ever been in a situation wherein a remarkable idea or design crossed your mind, and you sat down to jot it down or sketch it on your iPad, and you found out that your Apple Pencil was out of charge? And even worse, you can’t find the tiny adapter. I have been in that situation and have discovered three easy ways to charge an Apple Pencil without the adapter. Want to know what those ways are? Read ahead!

How to Charge Apple Pencil without Adapter?

Luckily enough! You can charge your Apple Pencil, even without the adapter. There are three ways to do so:

1. Direct Charging:

First up is the most straightforward method – direct charging from your iPad. Yes, it’s as simple as it sounds. Just take off the cap from your Pencil to reveal the lightning connector, and plug it into the lightning port of your iPad. Your pencil will start charging.

 Charge Apple Pencil without Adapter

2. Charging with a Compatible Keyboard:

If you have the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio or the Magic Keyboard, there’s good news for you. These keyboards come with an extra USB-C port that can be used to charge your Apple Pencil. All you need is a USB-C to lightning cable, and you’re good to go!

3. Charging with iPad Pro:

The third method is exclusively for iPad Pro users. If you have the second-generation Apple Pencil, you can magnetically attach it to the side of your iPad Pro. Not only will it pair with your device, but it will also start charging. It’s seamless and convenient.

ipad pro with apple pencil

Precautions while Charging Apple Pencil:

While these methods make charging your Apple Pencil without an adapter relatively easy, there are a few precautions to keep in mind:

1. Be Gentle: The lightning connector of the Apple Pencil is delicate. Make sure to gently plug it into the iPad or the cable to prevent damage.

2. Monitor Charging: Avoid leaving your Apple Pencil to charge for an extended period. Once it’s fully charged, make sure to unplug it.

3. Handle with Care: When your Pencil is charging, especially from the iPad, ensure to handle it carefully to prevent it from snapping due to any sudden jerks.


Without an adapter, charging your Apple Pencil might seem difficult. But with these three easy methods – direct charging from the iPad, charging through a compatible keyboard, or magnetically charging on an iPad Pro- you’ll never have to worry about a drained Apple Pencil again. Just remember the precautions, and you’re all set!


Can I charge the Apple Pencil with an iPhone?

No, the Apple Pencil can only be charged using an iPad with a compatible keyboard or via the adapter that comes with it.

I lost my adapter. How can I charge my Apple Pencil?

If you’ve misplaced your adapter, you can still charge your Apple Pencil directly through the iPad, with a compatible keyboard, or on an iPad Pro.

Can I use the Apple Pencil while it’s charging?

Yes, but it might be a bit inconvenient due to the charging position, especially if it’s charging directly from the iPad.

How long does it take for the Apple Pencil to charge fully?

Typically, the Apple Pencil charges rapidly and can go from 0% to 100% in about 15 minutes.

How can I check the battery status of my Apple Pencil?

You can check the battery status of your Apple Pencil from the ‘Batteries’ widget on your iPad.

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