needing help with connecting power chord with USB cable to Ipad

Hello and Good Morning Everyone

           First and foremost, I must apologize for this upcoming basic and elementary question.  However, this is the first time I have ever used an Ipad.  At any rate, here is my question.  What are the steps in connecting a power chord with an interfacing USB cable with an Ipad?  Interestingly, the USB cable can totally disconnect from the AC power adapter which plugs into a wall outlet.  I assume the USB cable, used independently, can have many different applications such as charging the Ipad from the pc external USB port.  Or, perhaps it can be used to interface it with the pc for various applications like updating firmware on the Ipad, backing up/restoring date from the Ipad, and so forth.  Of course, I am merely bringing up hypotheticals here.  As such, I want everyone to feel free to correct me on any of these assumptions.  

               Under normal circumstances, I would consult a user's manual to determine the proper operation of this Ipad.  Unfortunately, I do not have a user's manual with it.  

                If someone could provide some guidance to this concern, it will be greatly appreciated.  In the meantime, I will look forward to hearing from everyone.  

                Thanks again

                George
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Michael DyerSenior Systems Support AnalystCommented:
You are correct, the USB cord can be disconnected and used to connect your iPad to your computer.  If you install iTunes, you can then backup your iPad to your computer and sync music and apps.  You can also plug this cord into a standard usb source to charge your iPad, but it may charge slowly because the iPad charger is rated for 10 watts and the typical pc USB port only is rated for 2.5 watts.  The screen must be off for the battery to charge when connected to a lower power usb source.  

Here is more information:  https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3511
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aadihCommented:
FWIW: I use it to charge my iPaD as well as iPod.  :-)
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone,

             On the Ipad, I do not see an area for interfacing the USB cable which is connected to the power chord that plugs into the wall outlet.  Also, if I press the power button without any of the interfacing of the cable, the Ipad never comes on.  Is there a battery inside the Ipad which needs to be recharged much like that of a laptop?  

               I only see two buttons, one at the top middle and one at the bottom middle of the Ipad.  The one at the top appears to be a camera because on the other side there seems to be a very tiny lens.  I did press the button on it experimentally.  Hopefully, I did not damage anything there.  With respect to the bottom button, I assume it is the power button.  But, I am unsure.  On the side of the Ipad, I did notice a tiny switch which can be moved up and down in locking positions.  I am not sure what it is used for.  

               Could someone provide some feedback to these followup concerns?

               Thank you.

               George
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aadihCommented:
Information:

(1) You can open Safari and the iPaD manual is available (via bookmarks).

(2) Yes, iPaD has a battery that needs charging.

(3) You can plug in iPaD for charging and continue using it.

[Note: Up and down with locking position switch is for volume control.]
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello

         Thank you so much for the followup.  If it would not be too much to ask, could you provide a multimedia link, perhaps a Youtube video,  illustrating the proper hookups for the Ipad?  Unfortunately, I am still a little confused.  After I see how the hookups are done for charging the battery, I am sure everything will come together a little easier.

           Thanks again.

           George
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello,

           Just one more thing.  Could you provide some clarification about Safari?  While I have heard of it, I don't know much about it.  Also, could you give me an example of how I can use Safari to access the user manual for Ipad?

           Sorry about all of the questions, but, I am just starting out with this Ipad in an attempt to help a friend.

            Thanks

            George
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aadihCommented:
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aadihCommented:
Okay. Please download the manual here and see answers to all your question:

http://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1569/en_US/ipad_2_user_guide.pdf >

Chapter 4: Safari.

If you still want more (or for reference) please bookmark this page:

http://ipaduserguides.com/ >
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone,

           Thanks so much for the shared insights in addition to the resourceful links.  After reviewing everything, I must say the brief YouTube video was most instrumental in putting everything together.   Since I am more of a hands on type of learner, I think any kind of visual or multimedia aid always allows for quicker comprehension.  

            Once again, many thanks for the feedback.  Everything put together was found to be very helpful.

             George
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aadihCommented:
Great.  You enjoy your iPad. :-)
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