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How OCD are you about the battery level?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by beesknees, Apr 20, 2012.

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    My home has 6 different places to charge. I know some of you are care-free about letting it run down this thread is for the obsessed which I doubt I am the only one.

    Obviously nothing makes me happier than 100 percent.
    When I fall below 60 I find myself thinking about the battery more.
    Below 50 and I am really thinking about charging.
    Below 35 and I am nearly panicked.
    Below 20 and I will knock people over if they are between me and a charger.
    Below 10 and the nice men in white outfits have to restrain me.

    I do run them down from time to time but it always bothers me.
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    I charge mine when it gets below 10..doesn't bother me one way or the other..if it runs out so be it..:):):):):):):)

    64 gb ipad2 in black
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    LOL, I do what I can to help maximize by battery life and longevity of battery itself but I do not go too crazy about it. I fully drain it about once a month then usually charge it when it gets between 40-80 percent (if I can), but sometimes I forget so it drains lower when I am using it out and about so then I tend to conserve more. I do get paranoid when I travel though. Kind of funny, I am so worried about draining it that I end up hardly using it on flights and stuff. Even though that is the most entertaining things to do while traveling.
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    I have two charging stations at home, one at work and one in my car. For both the 4S and iPad 3.

    I don't think my iPad has ever been south of 50%. My phone has because I use certain apps that keep the screen on almost continually for a period of time, which drains the battery. When I am at my desk, something in on charge.

    Oh...I forgot about my iPad Nano, which is my watch. It gets in the charging mix from time to time.
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    I'd be under my desk in the fetal position twitching uncontrollably.
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    Down to 15% just now , off to bed soon so on charge it will go overnight . Yes it does make you keep an eye on it when it is getting low. When I am on a flight I make sure it is fully charged before I go to the airport but do not turn it on until I am on board.
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    Does the iPad battery not have "memory" issues like other rechargeables? I'm always concerned about charging it when it is not fully discharged.

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    No the iPad and most modern gadgets do not have memory issues (No not at all).
    You do have to discharge it occasionally to recalibrate the software on the battery that shows how full it is.
    If you store you device without use for a long time leave it with battery charged at 40%. Leaving it discharged completely for weeks could kill the battery.
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    Good info thanks!

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    Very.

    I've seen battery-life significantly affected by treatment. While Apple has a good charger, based on the battery technology used, good tips are:
    O Don't let battery run out on a regular basis.
    O Especially, don't leave battery fully discharged.
    O Don't overcharge - even with a good charger, leaving on charger for long periods is bad mojo.
    O Don't charge in high heat, or with heavy case on.
    O Don't use while charging.

    Each bullet above has it's basis in detailed engineering papers on the li-ion (polymer) iPads use. The recommendation to discharge monthly is for battery indicator accuracy, not battery life.
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    I am exactly the same no joke. I try to keep mine always above 80. Not just my ipad but for my phone and laptop as well.
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    Agreed. It's best to not let it run completely down except occasionally to calibrate the meter. Otherwise, anything under 50% or so and mine gets fresh juice.
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    Don't worry about it. Just buy A really long extension cord. Hope I helped!:p
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    I usually let it get about 20 percent before charging it. I havent ran it down completely yet...
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    Well, I think I'm probably a bit more relaxed about this than a lot of you out there! I generally charge up whenever it's appropriate - ie whenever I'm not going to need to use my ipad for a couple of hours - but only when it's down at 30-40%, say. Otherwise I generally don't make a specific decision to re-charge unless it goes below 10%, and I keep getting reminders that the battery's low. Sometimes I top up a bit during the evening if I'm watching a TV programme so that I've got enough charge to read when I go to bed. D'you think we're heading for an explosion of Apple Top-Up Anxiety Disorder? :)
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    Right, because you never know if something unexpected will happen and you find yourself needing a nearly depleted iPad. We lose power quite often and in the last 12 months we have had to deal with a tornado and 3 different medical emergencies that meant a lot of time being spent in hospital waiting rooms.

    So, yeah, we might be a little crazy but it is not totally irrational.
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    I go nuts if my charge goes below 40%. But now you're saying I shouldn't use while charging? Ouch! Thanks for the tip because that's what I've been doing. Hard not to put down to charge when your in the middle of something. Like a good book!
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    I never heard that before. Why not? I know it takes longer to charge the battery while using the device, but that shouldn't hurt anything.
    Heat in the battery is detrimental. The battery gets hottest during stage 1 charging, when the battery is between 0% and 40% full. Maybe using the device while charging in the 0% to 40% full range would cook the battery longer than when not using the device?

    Oh no! My iPad's battery level is at 36% at the moment! :)

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    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012
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    I haven't heard that either and would like an explanation. While the screen pulls the most juice it is not like the iPad is not pulling power in standby mode. The GPS stays active and it stays connected to the internet. Any app that has notifications are also active.

    You might be right about the heat. If you are in a warm place doing stage 1 charging with brightness at 100 and a graphics intensive app running you might generate an unhealthy amount of heat. I have used mine a lot while plugged in at it is never worse than slightly warm.

    I would think it might mess up the battery calculation more than damage the battery.

    88 percent so I am still mostly comfortable.
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    Man...why are people sweating the battery? Apple designed the device to serve our needs, not for us to serve it's needs. The battery likes to be charged and doesn't like to run flat. I charge mine all the time if I am near a charging station...and I use it when I am not near charging station. The notion of not using it while charging is nonsense from a user point of view. I don't expect the battery to last forever and most likely I will get a replacement for it well before the battery life nears its end. I have better things to worry about than acting a certain way to extend the battery life to infinity.

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