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Ipad 2 battery life

Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by eddkahn, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. eddkahn
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    Hey I am just wondering how long the battery life is meant to last as I have disabled ping, used the calender but I have been playing some games one of which is dead space so it uses graphics

    All in all 3 hours maximum, maybe around 2.5 hours and my battery is at 58% (oh I have things running in the background and full brightness)

    Is this normal (never had an iPad before so just want to double check)

    Cheers :)

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    No not normal at all. Your battery is draining way too fast for that little bit of time passed. At 3 hrs. It should be at about 70% or better. Around 10% battery depletion per hour. U should easily get 10 hrs or more out of your device. U have something else on or maybe ur push notifications or mail set to refresh too often. I'd keep looking into that if I were u. No reason ur iPad battery should be draining that fast, even with wifi on and playing games.
    I've been using my iPad since 10:30 a.m.(100%) Very heavily, wifi on surfing web like crazy. It now 1:30p.m. 3 hrs later and my battery is honestly at 84%. See what I mean ;-)
    Try cutting down the brightness if u have it set to high. I always have mines on the lowest setting and still looks bright enough for me to see during the day.

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    if you weren't playing dead space, I'd agree your battery is running out too fast.

    But you're pushing full brightness and playing one of the most graphically intense games in the app store, that's completely normal.

    If I play we rule or any of those games on any device, I will run out of battery faster than you can sneeze.

    Some games and apps are heavier battery users.

    Try a day with medium brightness and doing NORMAL things like browsing the web and playing more middle ground games to get a real idea.
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    You have your brightness all the way up, plus you are playing games... I would say that is normal. Turn your brightness to about the 50% mark, and then set it to auto adjust ;) When you are computing you are going to chew up more battery.

    10% per hour is a good rule of thumb for activities that aren't data or processing intensive. Browsing the internet, watching media, reading, etc etc.
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    I generally turn the sensor off.
    doesn't the actual sensor use battery?
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    I got my iPad 2 on Friday and I am a little worried about the battery life on mine too.

    From getting it Friday and playing over the weekend a Monday I managed to run down to 3%, which considering how much syncing and playing around I was doing I guess that is ok.

    More worrying though is I fully charged it last night and I have literally only been using it very lightly - looking at a few pictures, showing off to friends and it has dropped to 97% already with only about 10 mins use.

    I have auto brightness turned on & 3G off. I updated to the 4.3.1 last night.

    Is this normal?

    Thanks
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    Yea, brightness drains your battery quickly if you have it all the way up. I keep mine very slightly above 50%.
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    Think about it, using the iPad runs about 10% per hour doing whatever.

    That's 10 hours of battery life.

    If you think about it, 3% isn't that crazy, and probably isn't perfectly indicative of real life usage.

    Try it again. You'll probably see about 10% per hour.
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    I did test mine ipad2 watching Netflix and browsing web all day long. I lasts over 10 hours, I am very happy. Don't look on this indicator, discharge iPad 2-3 times completely and will hold better.
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    I will see how it goes, but I have to admit I can get a bit obsessed about battery life.

    I turned off the autobrightness and it dimmed a lot from the auto brightness setting, so I am not convinced that function is working :confused:
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    I did test mine ipad2 watching Netflix and browsing web all day long. It lasts over 10 hours, I am very happy. Don't look on this indicator, discharge iPad 2-3 times completely and will hold better.
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    I have done a quick test and my auto brightness setting isn’t working.

    When I un-tick that option and turn the screen brightness up to full, then switch to auto brightness there is no change in brightness at all even when I cover & uncover the sensor.

    Currently I have it set manually half way and I will see how that goes.

    Not sure if this is a software or hardware problem L
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    I looked for netflx on itunes app page and my search only brought up one app for the ipod!
    Any link to it or has it a different name?
    S

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    Netflix is only available in the US AppStore, if you live anywhere else, netflix will not show up.
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    As the previous poster suggested, Netflix is only available in the US because of copyright issues. In addition, even if you have the Netflix app on your iPad you cannot access from outside the US - the app checks your IP address; while this is not an absolute guarantee that the user is in the US (and it sometimes wrongly identifies someone as being outside the US when they are, in fact, inside the US) it works reasonably well. So this means that US citizens on vacation overseas cannot use Netflix from the beaches of bleak and cold Scotland to watch their favourite movies ......

    Tim
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    Thank you. That explains it!

    Search for a good app to watch UK TV goes on. At least the BBC iPlayer is great and the ITV version too (but not live)
    Shame sky not putting theirs out there yet...
    S

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    To watch UK TV I go on iPad.tvcatchup.com get a free account and you can watch free view for free and it's in real time (well pseudo real time :p)
    Also you can watch the sky sports channels with the sky player!

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    I've noticed that my iPad 2 is eating significantly more battery than my original iPad. I'm not playing games and my brightness is in the middle. I unplugged it yesterday evening, and by 6pm today it was at 7%. I use it a lot, but really, I couldn't have used it more than 6-7 hours (if that) at that point because I didn't touch it until 1pm today. I remember on my iPad 1 I would be shocked at little of the battery was used. Now, I am shocked at how much is used. Hm. I just turned off Ping, so we'll see if that makes a difference.
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    It might be the iTunes social network for music.
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    Thanks and yes, thats the ITV app I referred to. Its good.
    But what is the ipad app skyplayer you mention? I have on pc and its great for all sky tv shows inc sports but its not available on ipad - is it?
    Pray tell.
    S

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