Terrible battery life.

Discussion in 'iPad Air Forum' started by Dave in Wales, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. Dave in Wales

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    Hi, I'm new here.

    I did a search for 'Battery Life' and found a thread titled....Amazing Battery Life.

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-air-forum/116127-amazing-battery-life.html

    No doubt battery life has been discussed many times before but this is the opposite to my experiencees with my 'new' Air, had it since last Wednesday.

    I can almost watch the battery life indicator slide down.

    I have Googled...'Extend ipod Air battery life' and implimented all the recommendations.......I THINK.

    Any suggestions welcome.
     
    #1 Dave in Wales, Feb 8, 2014
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  2. willerz2

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    Give it a few more days. Drain your battery completely, then re-calibrate it several times before jumping on the battery being faulty. Other than that, the usual settings are all that can be advised, i.e. turning off background app refresh, turning on Reduce Motion, turning off Locations and System Serivces, turning off auto brightness, and closing out high resource or apps that iOS gives permission to run 24/7 such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, etc
     
  3. ardchoille

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    Keep in mind that these batteries get better over time, at least that's what I've experienced with all of my iOS devices.
     
  4. Dave in Wales

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    Thank's for that.

    I assume that by re-calibrate you mean...charge to 100% then run down to 0%, I can't find any other procedure.
     
  5. The OB

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    Yes, Apple recommend that be done about monthly to calibrate the battery % shown up top. Here's a bit more info on that battery of yours... well, the iPad's anyway:)
    https://www.apple.com/au/batteries/
    Regards, Andrew


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  6. petermillard

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    What are you using your Air for, out of interest? Streaming video over wifi would hit the battery harder than say, reading or browsing, obviously. And how high do you have your screen turned up? My wife's Air doesn't get anything like the battery life that mine does, but she has the screen so bright it hurts. I contributed to the thread you linked to - I'm still getting around 20 hrs of use per charge after almost 3 months, but I usually keep my screen brightness at around 25-30%...

    How long, exactly, are you getting to a charge (Settings > General > Usage) ? If it's significantly less than the stated 'up to 10 hours' than I'd be tempted to return it as a faulty unit. Assuming, of course, that you don't have any mis-behaving apps running constantly e.g. Skype was terrible for this - don't know if the latest versions of the app are any better??

    Keep us posted.

    Pete
     
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    I agree about having a faulty unit if you can't get a reasonable amount of use out of a charge. The battery in these things is one of its strong points!
     
  8. Dave in Wales

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    I've turned off everything recommended, I'm not streaming video, mainly surfing and reading.

    Brightness is manual, about the same as you, 25% ish.

    I'm playing around really, just getting it last Wednesday.

    I charged to 100% 19 minutes ago (usage) and have 4 hrs 2mins Standby, the standby is increasing not going down.

    Don't seem right to me, thoughts please.
     
    #8 Dave in Wales, Feb 10, 2014
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    Open up Settings > General > About > Diagnostic & Usage > Diagnostic & Usage Data, and see if anything comes up in the form of "panic" in the title.
     
  10. petermillard

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    To clarify, "Usage" is the length of time you have actively been using your iPad, and "Standby" is the length of time the iPad has been unused but not being charged i.e. not powered down fully, but left 'on standby'. Both Usage and Standby values will increase as you use the device.

    Top your iPad off to 100% charge then use it as normal; when the battery indicator shows around 50% check the usage again. If you haven't had at least 5 hours of use out of 50% battery with everything switched off and screen brightness down to ~25%, then you either have an app that's seriously misbehaving or a faulty unit.

    Keep us posted, Pete
     

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