This is a discussion on 3G battery life? within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by Prasius I tend to leave my 3G on and get a good 10 hours+ out of it. I do live in a ...
The amount of battery drain is also directly predicated on the Apps that you use as well.
Well I've been out all day so haven't had a chance to use the iPad much. But when I left it was on about 95% got back about 4 hours later and it was still on 95%. So I can only assume that's good? I do have a very good 3G signal where I live so would like to leave the 3G radio on but at the minute it's off as is push email. I'll just have to see how it goes.
I forgot about push.. I did that on my iPhone and well, my battery dead in about 10 hours. Before I get off work it's dead with very light use (email, facebook, 30 texts).
With push off, I use about 1/4 of my battery. I have push on the iPad and still receive great run time.. So I dunno
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I just dim the screen, don't turn wifi or 3G off, and get 10 hours or so, even playing video.
Yeah my brightness is set to 50%. Maybe mine just needed a few charging cycles to fully hold charge. Been using now on and off since 10am yesterday and still got 60% left. So maybe it ain't all bad.
Apps do make a difference as well as push and what kind of 3g area you're in. I leave my 3g off unless I need it. In my work and home I can move around and the signal flops about its frustrating but that's ATT for you. I also take my iPad with me all over the place and I certainly do not want to waste my battery with the 3g trying to stay connected and I'm driving along with it in my bag!
I played a "Spider" game that was recommended to me and it killed my battery as it was very intensive set up... so apps matter also.
Good luck with your testing, I'd definitely give it a day with 3g on all day and a day with 3g off all day and see what differences you get.. there are so many variables (usage) that will still not be "scientific" results.
I don't get why anyone would leave 3G on if they don't have a data plan. The O P says "not even tried" 3G, so I wonder what the perceived benefit is. I've only turned mine on a few times in 3 months to see what the reported signal was.