It’s often overlooked, but the battery life on an iPad is very good indeed – you’ll get up to six hours’ action after a single charge, which is better than most other tablets out there.
The battery in iPads is a lithium-ion polymer (LiPo) battery; these batteries are used in tablets and other portable devices because they pack a lot of punch but don’t weigh much.
This is great in itself, but there are a few things you can do to get a bit more out of every charge and also to keep the device and the battery in good condition. Of course, sometimes despite your best efforts you’ll need to replace the battery in your iPad, in which case you should take it to a repair specialist like Fix Apple Now.
A better battery
LiPo batteries have a big advantage over the older, nickel-cadmium batteries in that there’s no memory effect. You can charge your iPad or iPhone overnight and leave it plugged in without affecting it. You’ll also find that the battery charges very rapidly for the first 80%, then trickles the final 20% of charge in.
These batteries can also withstand around 1,000 charge-discharge cycles before it starts to lose any capacity, which makes a long life for a well-treated iPad.
Even so, you should still adhere to these tips to get the best out of your device and its battery.
Avoid extreme temperatures
High heat can reduce battery life – permanently, so avoid taking the iPad out on very hot days – 95F and over. You should also never leave the device on a sunny window ledge or on top of a radiator. If you find your iPad gets hot when it’s charging, remove it from its protective case.
Likewise, low temperatures – 32F or below – can also affect the battery and its performance, but only temporarily. Don’t expect your iPad to be happy with you when you boot it up after a night in a cold car – you’ll have to wait for it to get over it!
Don’t forget about your iPad
The LiPo battery is designed to be used a lot, so you don’t need to worry about regular charging cycles. If you tend not to use your iPad regularly – every couple of days at least, then you should put it through a charge-discharge cycle once a month. This means you allow the battery to discharge fully, then charge it back to 100%.
Keep your iOS up to date
If you keep your operating system bang up to date then you’ll get all the latest tweaks and improvements Apple makes to it, including bug fixes, battery performance enhancers and lots of other useful new features.
Change your settings
Make sure your brightness setting is at the minimum you can actually function with – if you’re in dim light, turn down the brightness. Also, if you often have Bluetooth activated, or location services, then ask yourself if you always need them.
Watch out for zappers
Go into Settings and have a look at which apps are using a lot of your memory and battery. If you have a few apps that you don’t use anymore, then delete them; you can also update ones you do use regularly so that they’re as efficient as possible.