Ipad icon shows fully charged even though it's only at 96%

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by swy05, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2008
    Anyone running into this issue?

    I let the ipad finally drain and started charging it today. After about 3 hours, the icon shows that it's fully charged (the plug symbol instead of the lightning bolt) but, it's only at 96%. I tried unplugging and then plugging it back in and it showed the lightning bolt for a second but, it went back to showing fully charged at only 96%.

    Battery defect?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    Oh no?!:eek:
  3. macrumors 604

    Mar 29, 2008
    On the MacBook line, if the battery percentage is above 95% and you plug it in, it won't charge. It will only charge when the level falls below 95%. So let it drop a bit and then it will probably charge. It behaves this way to protect the battery from being charged all the time. Otherwise what would happen is the iPad would be charged to 100% and then stop charging, and then the battery would drain a little bit (as batteries do), and then as soon as it hits 99% it would start charging again. This is bad for batteries.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Oct 8, 2008
    Area 51
    Mine did his the other day. It's back to normal now tho.. It happened when I ran the battery real low and was recharging also.
    It might just have something to do with "breaking in" the battery.. Who knows..

    I wouldn't worry unless it keeps happening.
  5. macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
  6. macrumors 604


    Jul 10, 2007
  7. macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    Relax this is SOP for mine. Just leave it plugged in and it will soon hit 100%.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    But I think the point is that it shouldn't be standard operating procedure; Apple says the battery icon will show the plug when it is fully charged. 96% isn't fully charged, so it shouldn't be showing the battery with the plug.
  9. macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Starting from 96% or so, the battery is for all intents and purposes trickle-charging. Sitting there with it charging from 96% to 100% for 2-3 hours barely increases the amount of charge as much as charging for 5 minutes when the battery is at 20%. That is what Apple was trying to indicate at 96%.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    It certainly isn't a big deal. In fact, it's not any type deal. A non issue so to speak.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    I couldn't find this documented anywhere by Apple; and if this were true, wouldn't it consistently show the plug icon as soon as it hits 96%? Except it doesn't consistently do that.
  12. macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2008
    This has happened to me as well, but it showed fully charged at 93%. Just let leave it plugged in and it will hit 100%.

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