Ipad Air battery

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  1. Raiderspen

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    I just bought an iPad Air and it looks like the battery level drains a little faster than my iPad 2. I've adjusted the brightness level and turned off the location services all apps but maps. I've heard the battery is much better on the Air. Am I missing something?
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    These batteries improve with time - at least that's what I've seen on all of my iOS devices. Give the device some time to "settle down into a routine". My iPad 4 battery ran out quickly when it was new, but it now lasts over 24 hours with light to moderate use.
     
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    Well, I'm still on an iPad 2 w/ excellent battery life - you might want to pick up a battery app for your iDevices just to be a little more 'scientific' rather than guessing - the two that I have on my iPad are ' Battery Life' & 'Battery HD+', both in the App store. Dave :)
     
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    Yes.. My Air seemed a bit battery hungry at first but after a month or so, it settled down and the drain seems 'normal' now... Apple recommends going through at least one charge cycle per month for proper reporting of the battery's state of charge. Apple (United Kingdom) - Batteries - iPad ... So I'm guessing that the brand new battery in a brand new iPad needs a few discharges so the battery condition indicator ca properly 'calibrate' itself.
     
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    If you have background app refresh turned ON then that will also use more battery. So will push notifications and Bluetooth. The maps location services feature will use a little more juice too. Give it some time as well, as others have said - the batteries in these things tend to learn and get better after a few charge cycles. Overall, the battery in the Air has been as good or better than my iPad 2 which always had a great battery.
     
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    Thanks for the input. I'll let it settle down and run through a full cycle and see if that helps. I'll also try the battery hd app
     
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    Keep in mind that a battery tracking app may need to run in the background all the time, and in doing so ,would be using more battery life itself. I view this as defeating the purpose.
     
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    Well, these battery apps are pretty 'useless' in my experience - yes, information is given as to what times remain to do certain tasks, e.g. playing music, watching movies, etc. Now, when closed (although remaining in the multi-task screen), I really doubt that there is any substantial impact on battery life at least in the two that I suggested.

    When initially obtaining these apps, I was hoping that more information would be provided on 'battery health' (i.e. full cycles remaining for charging - which is easily obtainable on my MBPro w/ an app); I exchanged a few emails w/ one of the developers of an iPad battery app I was using - apparently, iOS does not allow monitoring of this information which would be useful for an 'aging' iDevice.

    SO, my bottom line is that I doubt these really 'run' in the background, unlikely use battery power when listed in the multi-task screen, and are pretty much of no value - BUT, just my 2 cents. Dave :)
     
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    Also turn off the Parallax effect which is found in Settings - General - Accessibility - Reduce Motion
    And have a look at which wallpaper your using, the Dynamic will use more battery life, so select 'Stills' or one of your own photos for this.
    You could also turn off Automatic Downloads also - Settings - iTunes and App Store - Automatic Downloads.

    These steps will save you more battery life......I've found mine has also improved with the last update to 7.1
     
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    You could also try to turn off "push" for email and "fetch" instead. The longer fetch the better.
     

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