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First and foremost, there's the price: the first-generation Apple There's charging, apple stylus which necessitates sticking the Pencil. Apple. Pencil (1st Generation) for iPad. $129.99 ApplePencil (2nd Generation) for iPad. $169.99 AppleAirPods (2nd Gen) with Charging Case. $179.99. Unlike the newer second-generation model, the first-generation Apple Pencil doesn't support wireless charging and needs to be physically plugged.

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The best Apple Pencil accessories, including charging docks, sleeves & more

At its education-focused event in Chicago last month, Apple announced a new $329 iPad with support for Apple Pencil. As we outlined in our full review earlier today, this marks the first time Apple has expanded Apple Pencil support outside of the iPad Pro lineup.

Are you the proud owner of the new iPad with Apple Pencil? Read on for the best Apple Pencil accessories…

The Apple Pencil might not seem like something with an extensive accessory market, but nevertheless, there are quite a few nifty products out there. Already from stands to holders and much more, we should only expect the Apple Pencil accessory market to continue to flourish now that the barrier of entry to Apple Pencil ownership is lower.

The best Apple Pencil accessories

Charging Docks

The Apple Pencil can be nefarious when it comes time for charging. Essentially, Apple wants you to plug the device into the iPad itself and draw power from its Lightning port. Thankfully, several stands and chargers exist on the market that make charging a bit easier.

Our top pick is the TechMatte Apple Pencil Stand and Charging Dock. Made with an aluminum finish, the TechMatte stand fits in well with your existing Apple devices. The stand features a female Lightning connector, allowing you to plug the Apple Pencil directly into the stand for charging and storage. There’s also a cutout for storing the Apple Pencil cap during charging.

The TechMatte Apple Pencil Stand is available for $19.99 with a 4.5/5 star rating from over 500 Amazon shoppers.

The TechMatte stand isn’t the only option on the market though. Here are a few of our honorable mention stands and chargers:


If you’re perfectly content charging your Apple Pencil via other means, a handful of other stands exist that don’t include charging capabilities. These are generally a bit more portable and versatile since they lack a charging cable.

One of our favorite Apple Pencil stands is the Belkin Stylus and Base. This stand features a beautiful inkwell-like design and finish. You can read more in our full review right here. The Belkin Base for Apple Pencil is available for $20.55.

Here are some other options for Apple Pencil stands, many more affordable than Belkin’s offering:


Some people criticize the lack of a traditional grippy material on the Apple Pencil, but thankfully several options exist to add some more grip to the Apple-made stylus.

Our favorite is the FRTMA Magnetic Sleeve. This accessory adds a grip just like you get on a traditional pen, while the magnetic feature allows it to secure to the front of an iPad Smart Cover while in transport. The Magnetic Sleeve is available for $24.99 with a 4.5/5 star rating.

Here some of the other top options on the market:

Cap Accessories

One of the most cumbersome parts of the Apple Pencil is its cap. It’s easy to lose the pesky little thing, especially when you’re charging the Apple Pencil itself. Here are some of the best accessories for keeping track of your Apple Pencil cap:

Carrying Accessories

Last but not least, it’s important to have a way to carry your Apple Pencil with you wherever you go. If you’re just tossing it in your backpack or briefcase, it’s easy to lose or misplace.

My favorite way of transporting my Apple Pencil (and my other Apple accessories) is with Twelve South’s CaddySack. This travel tote can house your Apple Pencil and various other chargers and adapters, ensuring you never leave the house without your Apple accessories. The CaddySack is available for $49.99 with a 4.5/5 star rating.

The CaddySack is just one option for toting your Apple Pencil, though. There are several different options out there, including some holders that securely attach to your iPad’s case. Here are other Apple Pencil carrying accessories:

Wrap up

With the Apple Pencil now available to a larger segment of the market, now is the time to stock up on accessories. These are just some of our favorite picks, so be sure to let us know what you use with your Apple Pencil down in the comments. Furthermore, check out Jeff’s full review of the new $329 iPad right here.

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Charging Apple Pencil Using iPad

Apple offers two different generations of Apple Pencil, which are compatible with different iPads. As both are battery powered, they are inevitably going to run out of juice. Here’s how to charge and check the battery percentage of your Apple Pencil.

How to Charge First-Generation Apple Pencil

Charging the first-generation Apple Pencil is not the most elegant affair. The first-generation Apple Pencil is compatible with all iPads that ship with a physical Home button and a Lightning port.

If you need help identifying which Apple Pencil you own, know that the first-generation accessory is completely circular.

It’s paired and charged in the same fashion. Take your Apple Pencil and remove the cap from the top of the stylus. You’ll now see a Lighting connector at the end of the Apple Pencil.

First generation Apple Pencil plugged in to iPad

Insert this connector into the Lightning port at the bottom of your iPad. You’ll hear a ding and the Apple Pencil will start charging.

Keep the Apple Pencil plugged in; a full charge happens in around 15 to 30 minutes. We will guide you through how to see the battery percentage of an Apple Pencil at the end of the article.

If you don’t like charging your Apple Pencil using your iPad (and it is quite an awkward affair), you can use the Lightning adapter that came in the box with your Apple Pencil.

Charging Apple Pencil Using Lightning Adapter

Connect your Apple Pencil to the adapter, then connect the adapter to a Lightning cable to charge your stylus.

How to Charge Second-Generation Apple Pencil

Apple improved the charging experience with the second-generation Pencil by leaps and bounds. The second-gen Apple Pencil is supported by newer iPad Pros and iPad Air. These iPads have flat edges and don’t have physical Home buttons.

The second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically snaps to the side of the iPad, as it has a single flat edge (along with a programmable button). And that’s all you have to do to pair and charge your Apple Pencil.

Put your Apple Pencil on top of your iPad (when in landscape), and you’ll see a banner telling you that the accessory is charging. You’ll see the battery percentage as well.

iPad Pro User Charging Their Apple Pencil

As this is the way to store and carry around your Pencil with your iPad, your Apple Pencil will almost never be without charge.

If this does happen, attaching it to the iPad will give you the required charge in just a couple of minutes. You’ll also get a notification when your Apple Pencil is running low on battery.

How to See Your Apple Pencil Battery Percentage

When you use a Pencil with your iPad, Apple automatically adds a Batteries widget to the Today View screen. You can swipe left to right on your iPad’s Home screen to bring up “Today View.” Here, swipe up to find the “Batteries” widget.

You’ll see the battery levels of a connected Apple Pencil right here.

Small Batteries Widget on iPad Today View

If you can’t find the Batteries widget, you can add the widget in just a couple of seconds. Tap and hold an empty part of your Home screen to enter Jiggle Mode.

RELATED:How to Add Widgets to Your iPad's Home Screen on iPadOS 14

Here, tap the “+” button in the top-left corner of the screen.

Tap Plus Button from Home Screen Editing Mode

From the widgets pop-up menu, choose the “Batteries” option.

Select Batteries from Widget List

You’ll see the widget in three sizes. Use the Small or Large size if you want to see the battery percentage and then tap the “Add Widget” button.

Tap Add Widget to Add Battery Widget

The widget will be added to the end of the Today View. You can move it wherever you want on that screen. Swipe up from the Home bar to save the widget layout.

Check Apple Pencil Battery From Widget

You can now see the battery percentage of your Apple Pencil at any time, no matter if it’s charging or not.

One of the best things you can do with the Apple Pencil is to use it to take handwritten notes in the Notes app. Say goodbye to pen and paper, once and for all!

RELATED:How to Take Handwritten Notes on Your iPad Using the Apple Pencil


Apple Pencil

Line of wireless stylus pens accessories developed by Apple Inc.

Apple Pencil is a line of wireless styluspen accessories designed and developed by Apple Inc. for use with supported iPadtablets.

The first-generation Apple Pencil was announced alongside the first iPad Pro on September 9, 2015. It communicates wirelessly via Bluetooth and has a removable cap that conceals a Lightning connector used for charging. The Pencil is compatible with the first- and second-generation iPad Pro models, and all other iPads released in 2018 and later with a Lightning port.[5][6]

The second-generation Apple Pencil was announced on October 30, 2018 alongside the third-generation iPad Pro. It uses a magnetic connector on the side of the tablet for charging rather than a Lightning connector, and includes touch-sensitive areas that can be tapped to perform actions within supported apps. It is compatible with all iPads with a USB-C port, including the fourth-generation iPad Air and sixth generation iPad Mini.


First generation[edit]

The Apple Pencil has pressure sensitivity and angle detection, and it was designed for low latency to enable smooth marking on the screen.[7][8] The Pencil and the user's fingers can be used simultaneously while rejecting input from the user's palm.[9][10] One end of the device has a magnetically-fastened removable cap which covers a Lightning connector which is used for charging from an iPad's Lightning port. The initial charge lasts about 12 hours, but 15 seconds of charging provides sufficient power for 30 minutes of use.[11] The Pencil ships with a female-to-female Lightning adapter which allows it to be used with charging cables. It is compatible with iPad 6th generation, 7th generation etc. models.

Apple has promoted the Pencil as being oriented towards creative work and productivity;[12] during its unveiling, the Pencil's drawing capabilities were demonstrated using the mobile version of Adobe Photoshop,[13] and its document-annotation capabilities were shown on several Microsoft Office apps.[14][15]

The Apple Pencil uses an STMicroelectronics STM32L151UCY6 Ultra-low-power 32-bitRISCARM-based Cortex-M3MCU running at 32 MHz with 64 KB of flash memory, a Bosch Sensortech BMA280 3‐axis accelerometer and a Cambridge Silicon Radio (Qualcomm) CSR1012A05 Bluetooth Smart IC for its Bluetooth connection to the iPad. It is powered by a rechargeable 3.82 V, 0.329 Whlithium-ion battery.[16][17]

Second generation[edit]

On October 30, 2018, Apple announced an updated Pencil alongside the third generation iPad Pro. It is similar in design and specifications to the first model, but without the detachable connector, and part of the stylus is flattened to inhibit rolling. It contains tap-sensitive zones on its sides that can be mapped to functions within apps. Custom laser engraving is available when purchased via the Apple Store online.[18]

Rather than a physical Lightning connector, the second-generation Pencil is paired and charged using a proprietary magnetic wireless charging connector on the tablet instead. As such, it is only supported by the third generation, fourth-generation and fifth generation iPad Pro,[18][19] sixth generation iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad Air.[20] These iPads also have USB-C ports in lieu of Lightning, making them incompatible with the first-generation Pencil.[19][18] iPads released in 2018 or later with a Lightning port, including the third-generation iPad Air, fifth-generation iPad Mini, and the 2019, 2020 and 2021 10.2-inch iPads, only support the first-generation Pencil.[21]

  • The first generation Apple Pencil, with its Lightning connector exposed. The accompanying female-to-female Lightning adapter is on the left.

See also[edit]


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  6. ^Savov, Vlad (March 18, 2019). "Apple's new iPads cling to old Apple Pencil". The Verge. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  7. ^Statt, Nick (September 9, 2015). "Here's why Apple made the stylus that Steve Jobs hated: Styluses and screens have come a long way". The Verge. Vox Media. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  8. ^Harley; et al. "United States Patent: 8638320". Patent Full Text. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  9. ^Ulanoff, Lance (September 10, 2015). "Hands on with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil: A huge tablet and an impressive tool". Archived from the original on September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  10. ^Cunningham, Andrew (September 9, 2015). "Hands-on with the iPad Pro, its keyboard, and its pencil". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  11. ^Hall, Zac (November 24, 2015). "Review: Apple Pencil is the best iPad writing tool yet ... if you can handle the Pro's size". 9to5Mac. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  12. ^Pagliery, Jose (September 10, 2015). "Artists cheer the new Apple Pencil stylus". CNN Money. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  13. ^King, Hope. "Apple criticized for Photoshopping smile on woman's face". CNN Money. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  14. ^Price, Rob (September 9, 2015). "Apple just announced a product that Steve Jobs famously hated". Business Insider. Archived from the original on September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
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  18. ^ abcLee, Dami. "The new Apple Pencil 2 has gesture controls and charges wirelessly from the iPad Pro". The Verge. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  19. ^ abKrol, Jacob (March 24, 2020). "The 2020 iPad Pro's trackpad support steals the show on the fastest tablet we've ever tested". CNN Underscored. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  20. ^Warren, Tom (September 15, 2020). "Apple announces new iPad Air that looks more like an iPad Pro, starting at $599". The Verge. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  21. ^Savov, Vlad (March 18, 2019). "Apple's new iPads cling to old Apple Pencil". The Verge. Retrieved October 8, 2019.

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The first-generation Apple Pencil can be purchased this Cyber Monday with a $20 discount applied. Many people don’t need to be running the latest and greatest hardware, which means that this is a great chance to save money on an official Apple accessory.

This deal is the perfect opportunity to pick up the Apple Pencil at a reduced price in order to perfectly complement one of Apple’s compatible devices. This Apple Pencil offers compatibility with the following devices; the iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad (6th, 7th and 8th generations), iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (1st and 2nd generations), iPad Pro 10.5‑inch and iPad Pro 9.7‑inch, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad (6th, 7th and 8th generations), iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (1st and 2nd generations), iPad Pro 10.5‑inch and iPad Pro 9.7‑inch.

As you can see, a long list of Apple’s devices offers compatibility with this precision ‘stylus.’ It’s just a case of making the jump and purchasing it now to get access to a whole new way of interacting with Apple’s iPads.

The Apple Pencil features the precision, responsiveness, and natural fluidity of a traditional writing instrument and the versatility to become so much more. Owners can use the Apple Pencil accessory to turn the iPad into a technology-filled notepad, drawing canvas, or just about anything else that they can imagine. It can be used to interact with apps, annotate PDFs, create stunning masterpieces through first and third-party apps, and a whole lot more!

Everything that is needed to make this Apple Pencil purchase is listed on the direct link below. Because this is a straightforward Cyber Monday deal, there are no discount codes or price reduction coupons required to bring the price down to $79.99. Just make sure to take advantage of the Cyber Monday discount.

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How to Charge the Apple Pencil Without an Adapter

The Apple Pencil is certainly one of the best, if not the best, accessories that Apple offers alongside its hardware. Packed with features not seen on any other stylus, Apple has truly created a unique stylus experience with the iPad.

But if you're new to the Apple Pencil, you might be wondering how to charge it. Especially if you've lost your adapter. Fear not! There are still ways to charge your Apple Pencil without the adapter; this guide will show you how.

Charge Your Apple Pencil Using the Lightning Connector

The built-in Lightning connector found on the first generation Apple Pencil is by far the easiest way of charging the accessory. This can only be found on the first-generation Apple Pencil because Apple has since replaced it with a magnetic charger in the second-generation Apple Pencil.

To charge the Pencil using this method, you just need to remove the cap from the bottom of your Apple Pencil to reveal the Lightning connector. This is exactly the same connector found on a normal Lightning cable.

Plug this connector into the Lightning port on your iPad, found at the bottom of the device. The Apple Pencil will immediately start charging, just like whenever you plug in any other device to charge.

Bear in mind, charging the Apple Pencil like this will draw power from your iPad. While the Apple Pencil doesn't require a lot of charge to operate, it will draw the power it needs from your iPad battery. So it's probably best not to do this if your iPad is low on power.

Admittedly, it might look a little odd walking around with the Pencil plugged into the bottom of your iPad, but it's an effective way to charge the Apple Pencil without the adapter.

Charge Your Apple Pencil Using a Replacement Adapter

Of course, you've always got the option to buy a replacement adapter for the Apple Pencil. Then you'll be able to charge the Apple Pencil through the new adapter like you did with the original one.

For those of you with AppleCare, get in touch with the support team to request a replacement. Since the adapter was lost, you'll need to pay a small charge for the replacement part. According to one Apple Community post, this is about $4.45.

If you haven't got AppleCare, a number of these adapters are available on Amazon and other online retailers.

It's important to note that these are not Apple certified, so they aren't officially recommended by Apple. It's always best to use official cables and adapters if you can afford them.

Charge Your Apple Pencil Using the Magnetic Connector

If you've got a third-generation iPad Pro or newer, you might be wondering why you can feel a slight magnetic pull on the side of the device when you use other accessories or place it near something else. Well, this is the magnetic connector for the Apple Pencil.

This magnetic connector isn't just handy for holding the Pencil, it can actually charge the Apple Pencil, too.

It's fairly simple to charge the Apple Pencil this way. Once you've made sure to pair the Apple Pencil with the iPad, you can just place the Apple Pencil on the magnetic connector.

The Apple Pencil will securely snap to the iPad and begin to charge.

Again, charging the Apple Pencil in this way draws power from your iPad. So it's probably best not to do this if your iPad is low on battery.

Note: You can only use the magnetic connector to charge the second-generation Apple Pencil, so if you've got the older version, you'll need to use one of the other methods above.

Why Does the Apple Pencil Need Charging?

It is a bit odd that you have to charge a stylus. After all, what could it possibly need power for?

The need for power in the Apple Pencil comes from the features of the accessory. The Apple Pencil connects to an iPad over a Bluetooth connection. In order to maintain this connection, the Apple Pencil needs a source of power.

Another reason it needs charging is to operate the various sensors inside the pencil. As you may or may not know, the Apple Pencil has different sensors to detect the amount of pressure placed on the nib and to determine what angle the stylus is tilted at. These sensors need power to function.

One relief from this is that the Apple Pencil doesn't need that much power. That means that you don't need to charge it very often.

Using Your Apple Pencil

Now that you're able to charge the Apple Pencil again, you can get back to using it. The Apple Pencil makes it much easier to perform lots of tasks on your iPad, and if you've shelled out the $99 on it, you definitely want to keep using it.

It's definitely a relief to charge your Apple Pencil without needing to worry about getting a new adapter through AppleCare. As long as you don't mind looking a bit odd with a pencil sticking out the bottom of your iPad.

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How to Know If Your Apple Pencil Is Charging

"How do I know if my Apple Pencil is charging?" As a new Apple Pencil owner myself, I asked this question not too long ago. It turned out that my Apple Pencil was not charging, and was in fact broken, which underlined the need to be able to tell if your Apple Pencil is charging. The Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2 have different charging mechanisms and ways to let you know that they're charging, so we'll be going over both of them is this article. Here's how to tell if your Apple Pencil is charging.

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How to Know If Your Apple Pencil 1 Is Charging

In order for your Apple Pencil 1 to charge, you'll need to plug it directly into the Lightning connector on your iPad, or using the Apple Pencil charging adapter that was included when you bough your Apple Pencil. If your Apple Pencil 1 is not plugged in, it is not charging. If it is plugged it, it should be charging, but we'll go over how to double-check that below.

Related: Apple Pencil Guide: Tips & Tricks for Everyday Users

How to Know If Your Apple Pencil 2 Is Charging

All you have to do is attach the flat part of your Apple Pencil 2 to the right side of your iPad via the magnetic connection to charge it. A bubble will appear briefly at the top of your screen that says "Apple Pencil" followed by a percentage next to a green battery icon with a charging lightning bolt symbol. For more handy tricks to know your devices are working, check out our Tip of the Day.

How to Check If Your Apple Pencil Is Charging in Settings

If you aren't sure your Apple Pencil is charging and want to confirm:

  1. Open Settings and Select Apple Pencil.

  2. Next to where it says Apple Pencil at the top, you'll see a battery icon. If the battery icon is green with a lightning bolt symbol, your Apple Pencil is charging. If it is gray without the symbol, it is not.

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