iPad mini Epic battery life

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Fattytail, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    I know this has been discussed previously, but I always took the discussions with a grain of salt because some of the comments seemed off the wall. After having my mini for a few weeks, though, I can attest to the fact that this thing gets EPIC battery life. After over a day of standby time and 9 hours of use, I'm still at 50%. This includes lots of web browsing, watching a couple videos, texting, downloading apps and playing graphics intensive games.

    I'm sure this is because of the 32nm A5 which has been well documented to get great battery life, but to experience it for myself is something else altogether. VERY impressed.
  2. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I'm still amazed at how such a slim, lightweight, capable device can be used all day and not need a charge. The mini is truly amazing.
  3. macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Naples, FL
    It's pretty good. I get two days out of mine and I use it throughout the day.
  4. macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2012
    uk somewhere
    i bought mine 2 days ago, read all the reviews, thought he battery life claims were a load of hyped up rubbish, but i must admit its an impressive device, the normal ipad is to big and heavy and my iphone 4s is to small for extended reading, the mini however seems to fit just perfect. well impressed !!
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    It's not a surprise that the iPad dominated the Fujitsu and Toshiba "touch screen computers" and brought about modern tablets to mass consumerism. The difference is uncanny. It's hard to believe companies tried to make notebooks with touchscreen... oh wait.
  6. macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2011
    I only started noticing a few weeks ago, but yes the battery life IS amazing!
    Some days I only use it to web browse and read magazines so the battery lasts a few days! Much more than previous tablets I've had for sure.

    When the retina Mini comes out, I sure hope the battery life isn't sacrificed too much.
  7. macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2012
    What stopwatch do you guys use?
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2012
    Getting 10 hours too.
    With 4 days standby.
  9. macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    This morning my iPad 2 was at 17% and I checked the battery usage. It had a standby time of over 4 days and 25 hours of run time, which was internet, streaming radio and a few games sprinkled in. Not too shabby. :)
  10. macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Yep, I'm still amazed about how the iPad mini delivers wayyyyyyyy better battery life than the claimed "10 hours of battery life" (browsing on Wi-F, watching movies).

    At the same time, I'm utterly disappointed Apple's iPhone delivers well below the claimed "8 hours of battery life" (browsing on cellular, watching movies).
  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    I'm amazed at what battery life my iPad can get, just yesterday I checked, it was at 90% with 3 days plus of standby and said 4hrs 15 minutes of use.

    Now if only my Nexus 7 could get that kind of usage. I'm lucky if I get 4 hours of screen on time and don't even bother with 3 days of standby time, the thing would be dead unless I turn it off or put it in airplane mode.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    I get 2-3 days with moderate usage
  13. macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
    My iPad 4 does pretty well too. I guess it all depends on what programs you use and how often and for how long. General use or surfing the net, texting, email and apple remote and mine lasted almost a week before it started to get down to the 20% mark.
  14. Fed
    macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    This reported battery life makes me want to buy one. Only thing stopping me is the comments on lag. However I don't use any intensive games, except for Infinity Blade (rare) and Need for Speed. Everything else is the usual Google applications, news and sports apps, Netflix and YouTube. Concerned about the screen as well, but I downgraded from Retina MacBook Pro to the normal one and it's been sweet. Perhaps I'm fussing over nothing.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
    Wife's 32 GB LTE Mini gets well over 10 hours use and 5-6 days SB, with brightness at max. Very impressive. She really only needs to charge once a week or close to it.

    If I played with turning off unnecessary services, lowered brightness, made her keep cellular off unless she's ready to use it, I'm guessing it would be 12--15 hours use and 5-6 SB.
  16. macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    The battery usage timer under the general settings tab is not at accurate. You are not at 50% after 9 hours of use (not counting standby).
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2012
    IPad has good battery life? Hasn't it always? :)
  18. macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2011
    Both infinity blade and need for speed run great on it! (Although I like asphalt 7 better) the screen is fine (coming from retina devices). And I always get over 10 hours of battery no matter what I do. I recommend it.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jan 12, 2011
    Lag? My sisters ipad 3 doesn't seem to lag at all.
  20. macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2012
    the capital of Assyria
    Sadly, it's almost as powerful as my 2006 MacBook, and my MacBook gets 1 hour of battery life with light use.
  21. Fed
    macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Oh, really? There aren't too many unbiased reviewers on YouTube these days then. It seems to come off as a capable device, slightly let down by the display but has good performance overall. Then they comment on games being laggy. Can't remember which game one reviewer played (Nova? Some kind of FPS), but it looked laggy as hell. But, again, the games I play are on par with 'Where My Water' and 'Blocked' - ha!
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    I am pretty impressed by the battery life also. It lasts pretty long when it is just on standby.

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