Battery Depletion Rate.

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    My 1st gen IPad (WiFi, 32GB), doesn't get even close to the stated 10hrs of battery life. I have followed the recommended guidelines of waiting until battery is fully depleted, before charging, but still get no more than about five hours of usage from my unit. I don't believe I have had this thing for a full month yet, but long enough (I think) for the battery to have developed a healthy charging cycle.

    I would also like to add that I am not into movies, or other media files being played on my iPad. The most I do on it is surf the web, and handle my emailings. Shouldn't the battery last longer than what I am getting from it, especially with the manner in which I use it?

    I would like to know how others are maki out with their battery consumption issues.
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    With mixed usage, and a few breaks my battery has lasted me the whole day. Some browsing, emails, twitter, even movies.. If you don't feel like you are getting 10hrs, you should have Apple replace it. They will do it with no problems. The average normal user should at least see the battery last close to two days with normal usage.
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    Hmm, that's strange. My iPad actually gets longer thn the 10hrs. Stated and I haven't even did a full battery discharge yet. I've had my iPad since last July. Something is causing ur iPad to drain the battery faster. Especially since u said u don't use media too much or anything. I'd check my settings to see what the culprit is. One possible thing u could have is that your email is set to Push notifications. Meaning that as soon as email arrives, iPad pushes it to ur mailbox. If u have that setting set on an often increment, then that can drain the battery a lot faster. Does sound weird though as u say ur iPad gets no where near the 10hrs. I would take it back if nothing can be figured out for it. U may have a faulty battery. Keep pressing the issue to the apple store. They might try to give u the runaround. U only had it a month so that's covered under warranty. I'd first check the settings to see u don't have stuff on that doesn't need to be. Like maybe unaccidentally cut on Bluetooth or something or u have ur email push notifications set to the fastest increments. I have mines set on manual or fetch. So that when I open the email box up, it will then check for new emails. Makes battery last longer. Good luck!
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    With everything on you should be able to get the stated battery life. I have everything on, push emails, push calendars, location services and so on. Nothing cuts the battery life in half. He should just take it to Apple if the change in battery life is that drastic.
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    Also multitasking close all multitasking apps it causes power drain.
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    Good point, was just throwing various things out there to check. The op's best option would be to return it and get another one. Should be an easy swap. I have been very impressed with the iPad's battery life.
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    Wow, then I may certainly have to make a trip to the Apple store. TWO DAYS with normal usage? I'd have never thunk it (lol).
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    Apple manages multitasking where it minimizes battery drain, we shouldn't have to ever close out apps unless and app is acting up.
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    Yeah the iPads battery life is very impressive, if you aren't impressed then there is definitely something wrong.
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    Two days' worth of usage on a full charge is also quite normal for me. On a full charge on Fri evening and a whole weekend's use, it'd still be holding 10-15% charge by Sunday night.
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    I haven't been too impressed with the battery life in mine, but then again, I have been running streaming audio (TuneIn radio and MLB At Bat 2011) quite a bit.
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    The battery is my favorite feature of the iPad. After a year of making sure I always had a power source nearby to recharge my Droid (which has terrible battery life), it's been so refreshing to have a machine that I can actually use without running out of juice.

    I use the heck out of mine. Netflix, Slingbox, streaming audio, Kindle and I still have 20% or so at the end of the day. You should go to Apple and see what they can do.
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    This is what Apple has to say about their battery and usage. If you aren't getting results similar to this after only two months of use, you should definitely talk to Apple Support.

    Apple's iPad batter page
    Apple - Batteries - iPad
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    I get at least the advertised 10 hrs. of continuous use.
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    I use my ipad all day every day. Heavy media content, games, etc. And I get about 10 hours use out of it. Its amazing
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    Here's a tip i tried myself when i realise my battery life is dropped.

    Sync and backup with itunes, theresfter do a full restore. This works with my iphone as well.
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    Sounds like driving nails with a sledge hammer. Have you ever tried running it down until shutdown, and then a full recharge? Apple recommends doing this about once a month to keep the charge indicator calibrated.

    That's probably what your restore accomplishes as well.

    From Apple's site:
    Apple's iPad batter page
    Apple - Batteries - iPad

    Hm, on closer reading I seem to have been less than precise with my earlier recommendations. I've beens saying run it down then recharge, but Apple is saying the opposite. I wonder how much of a difference it makes. Not that I charge to less than 100% very often.
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    So I took my iPad off the charger yesterday morning and have used it pretty well since yesterday and all day today. It is currently 7:21 pm here and I have 24% left. I used it pretty heavily this morning as I had about 71% after yesterdays usage which was on the light side. Just to give you a rough idea about how your battery should perform.
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    Well, just returned home the the Apple Store - with a new (I think) 32GB WiFi Ipad. I am not altogether certain that they swapped with a brand new one, but they said that it was, and I HOPE that it was.

    Anyway, they were able to determine, through diagnostic testing, that my stated issues were well founded. The Mobile Email was crashing on me which, I learned, was the reason behind my not being able to to type any replies until I had rebooted the device. It was also determined that there were some Apps running int he background, that was draining my battery down. The technician said (knowing that the unit was purchased only a month ago) that he'd feel better about exchanging the unit, and I agreed.

    I don't know just which Apps were causing the problem, and had neglected to ask him. And I don't know how to make that determination myself. I do know that I have taken the extra steps to display on the screen bottom (double-clicking on the 'Home' button), the Apps that had been open, and I would go through the process of closing each one down. But have I missed something? Is there a way by which to insure that nothing is running in the background?
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    Dont worry about that, see if you get better battery life now with your normal usage. If its still bad then you can start bothering about background apps. I never close apps except skype and maybe navigation apps but those are both on my phone but on my iPad I never close apps. iOS multitasking is designed so users don't have to bother with managing their opened apps.
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