How OCD are you about the battery level?

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  1. exile

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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? :)
     
  6. beesknees

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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! :)

    Sent from my iPhone 4S or iPad 3rd gen, whichever I happened to have in my hands at the time, using iPF.net
     
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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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