Apple MessagePad Devices: Power Adapter Compatibility

The Apple MessagePad 2000 and the Apple eMate 300 ship with a different AC power adapter than previous MessagePad models. Are the original power adapters compatible with the MessagePad 2000 and the eMate 300? Are the new power adapters compatible with earlier MessagePad models?
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The original Newton Power Adapter was designed for the original MessagePad, MessagePad 100, MessagePad 110, MessagePad 120, and MessagePad 130 models.

The Newton 9W Power Adapter was introduced with the Apple MessagePad 2000 and the Apple eMate 300 and is recommended for these models. The Newton 9W Power Adapter is included with the Apple eMate 300, and is offered as an option with the Apple MessagePad 2000.

The original power adapters are compatible with the Apple MessagePad 2000 and the Apple eMate 300. However, the Newton 9W Power Adapter that ships with the Apple MessagePad 2000 and eMate 300 are designed to provide a fast recharge (1-2 hours). The original Newton Power Adapter works on these models, but charges at a slower rate (2-3 hours).

The new power adapters are compatible with earlier MessagePad models. The Newton 9W Power Adapter that ships with the Apple MessagePad 2000 and Apple eMate 300 charges the previous Apple MessagePad models in half the original time.

Note: The 9W Power Adapter does not reduce the recharge time in the Apple MessagePad 100, whose rechargable battery recharges in the same amount of time with either adapter.


This article appeared in the 13 March 1997 issue of the Information Alley.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2012