All iPads ipad plugged in

Discussion in 'iPad' started by j.leson, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Should I leave my ipad plugged in whenever possible? I've read so many conflicting advice, and would like some clarification. I've been leaving my ipad plugged in when using it at home, and letting it discharge to 10% once a month, before re-charging.

    Thanks!
     
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    Macman45

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    I allow mine to run down to the warning, then re-charge. I never use it when it's plugged in.
     
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    TheWheelMan

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    I would say no to your specific question. You shouldn't just leave it plugged in when you aren't using it unless you are charging it up. It's not going to drain while it's unplugged, so why would you? You also should not drain it all the way very often, like the other poster suggested.
     
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    mcdj

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    Huh?
     
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    I read that leaving it plugged in would prevent the ipad from needlessly using charge cycles (My ipod touch only holds ~70% charge).

    I do a lot of gaming/and use ipad as my laptop, so if I do not leave it plugged in, I'd end up charging it once a day.
     
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    I plug mine in every night before I go to bed. Sometimes it's at 80% sometimes it's at 20% or less. I like having it fully charged each morning.

    However, this time of year we have a lot of storms and many times the electricity goes out so I'll probably keep it as fully charged as possible when the weather looks to get bad. Last year my iPad 2 saved me a few times from being stuck in the dark with no access to weather info. I do love the 3G/LTE for that if nothing else.

    I have used mine while plugged in when the charge was low and I needed it. It does, however, get a bit warmer if I use it while plugged in. Not too warm, just enough to tell the difference.
     
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    TheWheelMan

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    I meant that it's not going to drain whenever he leaves it lying around , at least not unless he leaves it lying around for months, which is how I read his question. It has a battery for a reason, so I don't see why he would assume you should only unplug it when you have no choice.

    I don't know if that will save charge cycles or not.
     
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    Insulin Junkie

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    he forgot to mention that he comes from the future, and is posting from an ipad 10th gen, those don't drain when they're not plugged in.

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    that' simply not true. an ipad will drain battery on standby. every day.
     
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    TheWheelMan

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    A tiny bit, as I stated above. It will last a long time though. Are being intentionally dense just to harass me? I haven't said anything untrue.
     
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    Insulin Junkie

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    Initially, you said " It's not going to drain while it's unplugged, so why would you?" that is just plain out FUD. I'm not harrassing you, I'm pointing out your mistake. The statement you made initially is arguably false. If you get butthurt easily, don't go spreading FUD and expect people to pass up on it. Actually, there's been quite a few people complaining of excessive battery draining when the ipad's in standby mode, most I've seen say it's around 5% a day on standby. My ipad drains around 3-5% every day when it's not being used. Not "nothing" or "a tiny bit, will last for months" at any rate.
     
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    Gav2k

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    Ladies there is no need for this childish behaviour.

    Anyway op. iOS manages your battery when plugged in and will allow the battery to hit 100% stop charging then recharge when it drops slightly. You won't kill your battery leaving it plugged in. Nor will you kill it if you charge from 10, 20, 60 or whatever % on a daily basis providing once every 4 weeks or so you run the battery down and recharge fully. Relax and enjoy your iPad!
     
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    iapplelove

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    What ever battery percentage it's on when I leave the house I can sure bet it will be the exactly the same when I get home, and I'm talking about after say a full days work.. 8-10 hours later. sometimes I'm even expecting it to be down a few notches but nope. If my iPad is on say 75% charged it will be 75% charged when I get home been like this since day 1
     
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    The battery will not be affected by being plugged when not in use. You cant hurt the battery this way.
    A once in a while run-down to 10% or 0% is not going to hurt the battery either.

    Running it to zero all the time, however, is not advisable.
     
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    Why not just use it and enjoy the experience and at the end of the day, depending on the battery remaining, plug it in before you go to bed.

    I do not think I could stand to have it plugged in while using my iPad. They gave it a long lasting battery for a reason.

    Just relax and enjoy!:)
     
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    TheWheelMan

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    I haven't seen any drain myself when in standby.
     
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    Night Spring

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    Exactly! Leaving iPad plugged in will so constrain the way it's used! iPad was designed to be a portable device, and it's not so portable if it's plugged in. Both my iPad 1 and 2 were used unplugged every day, and then charged overnight from whatever % they were at to full. After a year of this, neither showed any appreciable deterioration in battery life. Don't worry about the battery and just use it, then charge it while you sleep. If you plan to keep iPad for more than a year, buy Apple care. That way, in the unlikely event that the battery does deteriorate on you, you can get it swapped.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Leo laporte on iPad today says its ok to leave it on fully charged. When its fully charged, It is not running off the battery any more. Its actually better to leave it plugged in and let it drain once a month.
     
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    I bought the iPad for its portability and convenience. If I had to leave it plugged in all the time, then I would likely just use my desktop. When my battery does go bad for whatever reason, I will just have it replaced whenever that becomes an issue. Think of it as maintenance and just enjoy your device. Most likely by the time the battery is gone, you will want a newer iPad anyway. JMHO!
     
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    I've had the original iPad for two years now and I've been keeping it plugged in to the electric when I am not using it. I've never had a problem and it still stays charged at 100% every time I unplug it. Why would you want to unplug it after a full charge if you are not going to be using it for awhile?
     
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    I cycle mine. Full charge down to around 10-20%, recharge, repeat.
     
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    Night Spring

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    Sure, I see no reason to unplug it if you're not using it, but the OP is saying he keeps it plugged in *whle using it* because he's afraid the battery would detgrade if he puts it through too many charge cycles.
     
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    i'm curious why you do this. knowing the battery has a limited number of cycles it can go through, why unnecessarily plow through them like that?
     
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    I prefer to let the battery drain and then fully charge it. I don't use the device all that much, so I end up plugging it in once per week on average.
     
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    hahaha iPad 10th gen, the battery remains 100% charged, 100% of the time
     
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    Knowimagination

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    I don't think you understand how charge cycles work. if every day you run down to 80% and then recharge and run down to 80% again and recharge and do this 5 total times equals 1 charge cycle (charging 20% x 5). If I run my battery down once and then charge it fully that is also 1 charge cycle so unless you are using it while plugged in frequently its really no different.

    From Apple.com:
     

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