iPod: About the Apple iPod Power Adapter

Learn how to use and connect the Apple iPod Power Adapter.

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About the Apple iPod Power Adapter

Some iPod models come with a power adapter. If not, or if you need additional adapters, you can purchase USB and FireWire Apple iPod Power Adapters from the Apple Store.

Note: While many iPod models can use either adapter, make sure you have the correct cable. If you happen to have the wrong cable for a particular adapter, you can order additional cables, FireWire-to-Dock Connector cable or USB-to-Dock Connector cable, online. iPod shuffle requires the iPod USB Power Adapter.

The Apple iPod Power Adapter has two parts as illustrated in Figure 1:

  1. The AC plug adapter
  2. The power adapter (with FireWire or USB port)

Figure 1: Apple iPod Power Adapter parts

About the Apple iPod Power Adapter's Voltage Requirements

The Apple iPod Power Adapter automatically detects and switches to a wide range of input voltages and frequency ranges.

Accepted Input Power Range

  • 100 V to 240 V
  • 50 Hz to 60 Hz
  • 26 VA to 38 VA

The input power range covers most countries in the world. However, when traveling always ensure the input power is within the accepted input power range.

Note: Since the power adapter can accept a wide input power range, only a power outlet adapter, which can be purchased at travel, electronic, and department stores, is required when traveling. The World Travel Adapter Kit is specifically designed for iPod and provides a variety of AC plug adapters that replace the original AC plug adapter.

Apple iPod Output Power

  • 12 V
  • 1.0 A

Note: iPad devices include a 10W USB Power Adapter that can be used with iPod.

How to charge iPod using the Apple iPod Power Adapter

To charge iPod using the Apple iPod Power Adapter:

  1. Connect the AC plug adapter to the power adapter (if necessary).
  2. Plug in one end of the FireWire or USB cable to the Apple iPod Power Adapter and the other end to your iPod (if your iPod came with a Dock Connector to FireWire cable or Dock Connector to USB cable, use that instead). If you have an iPod shuffle, connect it directly to the iPod USB Power Adapter.
    Warning: Never plug the other end of a FireWire to FireWire cable into a computer's FireWire port.
  3. Plug the iPod Power Adapter into a working electrical outlet.

Note: Some computers can also use the iPod Dock Connector to FireWire and USB 2.0 Cable. See "iPod (with Dock Connector): How to Connect the iPod Dock Connector to FireWire and USB 2.0 Cable" for additional information.

How to disconnect the AC plug adapter

To disconnect the AC plug adapter (item 1 in Figure 1):

  1. Turn the Apple iPod Power Adapter so the Apple logo faces you and is correctly oriented.
  2. With one hand firmly hold the power adapter.
  3. With your other hand hold the sides of the AC plug adapter and firmly pull it away from you. The AC plug adapter should separate from the AC power adapter.

Safety precautions

  • Do not use other power adapters. Use only the Apple iPod Power Adapter with your iPod. Adapters for other devices may damage iPod.
  • Always leave enough space around the power adapter to allow air to flow.
  • When plugging in or unplugging the power adapter from an electrical outlet, always hold it by its sides. Keep your fingers away from the AC plugs.
  • The power adapter is a high-voltage component and should not be opened for any reason, even when iPod is off. If the power adapter needs service, contact your Apple Authorized Service Provider.
  • Never force a connector into the power adapter port. If the connector and port do not join with reasonable ease, they probably don't match.
  • You should use the FireWire or USB cable that comes with your iPod.


You must use the iPod shuffle USB cable to use an Apple Power Adapter with some iPod shuffle models. 

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