10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2011 11:24 AM by Honeycroft
FUGW Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
What is the normal idle time for an iPad battery. I used to be able to keep my battery more or less charged if I was not using my iPad, now I cannot.

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: Idle time/battery
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)
    According to Apple if you turn off the iPad and leave it the battery will last up to 30 days.
  • 2. Re: Idle time/battery
    Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    Have you been following apple's recommendation to calibrate your battery by using the ipad till the battery is completely exhausted and then recharging it, once a month or so?
  • 3. Re: Idle time/battery
    FUGW Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    My Ipad is not doing this. In fact it does not last 24 hours. Any ideas as to how to recalibrate my battery?
  • 5. Re: Idle time/battery
    NJ Analyst Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have tried to rcalibrate my new iPad's battery but it still won't last more than four hours with the WiFi on and using the browser. Other than the battery life, I am very happy with my iPad.
  • 6. Re: Idle time/battery
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)
    Then take it back for repair or replacement.
  • 7. Re: Idle time/battery
    Honeycroft Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    My iPad battery drained from 67% to zero in 8 hours. No apps open in background.

     

    Has anyone had similar?

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    daverthal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I have a similar problem.  My battery drains quickly whether I'm using it or not.  the only way to keep it from draining is to power it off.  If I kept it in sleep mode and didn't use it at all, my guess is it would drain completely in less than 3 days, maybe 2.  Certainly not 30. 

  • 9. Re: Idle time/battery
    daverthal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I went to the Genius bar yesterday because I was having a similar problem.  Here's what they told me, which I've discovered is true after trying it:

     

    When you put your iPad in "sleep" mode, it really isn't sleeping.  It simply turns off the screen.  Every app that is open will  continue to run in the background.  This is the flaw with Apple's multitasking. 

     

    To get maximum battery life, you need to quit apps before putting your iPad to sleep.  To do this, double-click the Home button, which brings up all open apps at the bottom of the screen.  Press and hold one of these open app icons, then press the Delete button that pops up (a dash within a red circle).  Do this for each open app.  You may be surprised how many open apps you have!  At the Genius bar, they did a test on my iPad and it stated that I was low on application memory, and this was the reason why. 

     

    To further reduce your  battery drainage, turn off WiFi, turn off Cellular Data, turn off Notifications, turn off Location Services, and reduce the brightness of your screen. 

     

    I wish in the next IOS update Apple would have a way to close all apps at once!

  • 10. Re: Idle time/battery
    Honeycroft Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    My battery will sometimes last a massive  8 hours when in idle mode and with no apps open.

     

    Other times I can't turn it on and it's still on same % as when imleft it.

     

    Very random and a bit crap really.