my mini's battery life makes me a bit worried

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  1. mesmerized

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    Dear All,

    I got my Mini replaced after the first one turned out to be faulty. Apple has given me a new one but I'm a bit worried about its battery life. Naturally, I always try to do everything I can to make its lifespan longer, therefore, I use Battery Doctor regularly and I try to drain the battery to 0 once a month.

    The problem is that once I charge the Mini to 100% the battery seems to be losing power quite quickly. I've just had a look at the stats and after using the Ipad for 1h45min the battery level droped to 91%. Mind you, I've been just using it to chat with some folks and check my email plus playing a a game for 5minutes (Zombiewood) I charged the Ipad yesterday, left it for the night with WiFi off and then started using it today just the way I've described.

    Surprisingly, 100% usually hold for like 30minutes or even more and then 99%-91% drops quite quickly... Sometimes each percent drops every 5 minutes!

    Is everything OK with my Mini? Should I get it replaced again? I've paid quite a lot for it (32GB, 3G, WiFi) so I'd like to make sure it's gonna last for at least 3 years...

    I'd be grateful for some advice.

    Thanks!
     
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    This usage sounds normal to me. Remember, the mini's battery is smaller thn a full size iPad.
     
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    You use the mini for nearly two hours and lose 9%? Think about that for a second or two. Nothing is wrong with your iPad.
     
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    You're getting significantly better than average battery life.
     
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    Sounds right to me. I don't think you have battery issues. The percentage is an average, so when you first take it off the charger, it takes a little while for the numbers to run then it can start giving accurate results.
     
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    Relax. Your battery life is good. If you're paranoid about battery life, get a backup external battery as a mental security blanket.

    From my experience, battery life in iDevices is amazing. For comparison, I have many devices, including two Samsungs and two Kindle Fires. They get nowhere near the battery life of my iDevices, and I abuse them all equally, lol. My Samsung Galaxy Note 1 stopped charging beyond 98-99 percent after about a year, for example. Meanwhile, I used my original iPad 1 endlessly and its battery was still going strong after about two years of abuse, at which point I gave it away. It's now being abused by a family with several kids, and the battery is still working fine.
     
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    thanks guys

    one more thing... is it ok to unplug the charger before the ipad hits 100%? for instance, is it ok to unplug it at 95%?
     
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    You can safely unplug the charger at any time.
     
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    hi good people, sorry for beating a dead horse here but...


    here's a report on my battery's current status:

    22% of power left
    usage 12h13min
    standby: 1day4h

    what do you think? does it look normal to you?
     
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    Since Apple only promises up to 10 hours of battery life, you're doing fine. How are you using your iPad? Usage can have a large impact on battery life.
     
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    thanks Scifan

    well, here's what I've been using it for since the last recharge:

    Skype video call (1,5h long)
    Apple store browsing plus apps updating
    Playing Zombiewood (a top down shooter)
    Using forum apps
    Taking pics
    Instant messenger chats
    A bit of web browsing
    Google translate
    Dictionaries
    Checking email
     
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    Here is the newest report:


    83%
    Usage 3h59min
    Standby 9h06min

    Can you post yours?
     
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    Mine is currently at 85%
    Usage 2h 1min
    standby 5h 57min

    Yours is very solid!
     
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    Thanks for sharing the info dhewson!

    Well, I just got shocked. A friend of mine has the following results:

    Remaining power: 51%
    Usage: 13h05min
    Standby: 2d2h

    How is that possible?
     
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    That also a mini? The full size iPads have larger batteries, and generally last longer in my experience.

    I guess if the actual usage in those 13hours is not using much actual processing power, then it is more than possible. Anything that is doing a lot of transmitting (data heavy) or video processing will chew the power quicker.
     
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