10 hours of battery life...really?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by samywamy10, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. samywamy10, Apr 10, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2011

    samywamy10 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hey guys,
    so today I removed my iPad from the charger at 100% at 9:50am. It's now 7:19pm and I have 5% of battery left. Even if that 5% does last until 7:50pm, I haven't been using my iPad constantly for 10 hours. Maybe 6 hours of use?

    Is this normal?

    EDIT: 3% at 7:21pm and it's just been on the home screen.

    EDIT 2: 2% 7:33pm it has been locked the whole time.

    //Battery log//Wifi on, Push on, removing any unused apps from multitasking bar, brightness ful w/ auto brightness enabled, Bluetooth off//
    -start using at 10am 100%
    -Need for speed hot pursuit (20 mins) app updates and rss checking the rest of the time til 10:50am - 90% (in the course of replying to this thread and editing this I've lost 1%)
    -web browsing on safari, 15 mins music full blast display off - 11:45am 78%
    -nothing - 1:20pm 78%. going to do some air video now
    -just watched inception on the videos app (couldn't get air video without buffeting every 5 seconds) - 3:51pm 48%
    -nothing - 4:34pm 46%
    -listening to music with screen on - 5:19pm 35%
    -web browsing -6:46pm 11%
    -nothing, played 3 minutes of FIFA (lowest brightness) - 9:12pm 3%
  2. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    That sounds OK. Try and remember there are many variables when it comes to battery life. I'd highly suggest you relax and just use it without getting overly concerned. Apple does a very good job with power management.
  3. Mac.World macrumors 68000


    Jan 9, 2011
    In front of uranus
    Notifications on, apps running in the background??
  4. samywamy10 thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yes + Yes.

    The apps in the background aren't doing anything (like playing music or anything) however, and there is no fetching.
  5. Smoothness macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2011
    its 6 am and i havent charged my ipad since last morning. I watched at least 3 full length videos, read some comics and downloaded apps. Probably good 5 hrs of use? And its at 67 percent.
  6. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Mine gets over ten. Brightness is set to about 47.5%, cause that how I prefer it.
  7. samywamy10 thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'm also experiencing incredibly slow charging times...(The charger has been in for 15-20 minutes and hasn't gone up 1%...)

    Is there something wrong or am I just paranoid?
  8. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    Are you charging using an electrical wall socket or by using USB through a computer ?If using USB it's going to be slow.
  9. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    Let's get some real SOLID evidence with a real battery test. Time your usage real good and report back.
  10. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    No and Yes
  11. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
  12. LDTaylor85 macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Is there a way to close programs running in The background?
  13. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    Double tap the home button, then press and hold an icon on the bottom till it wiggles and you get the minus sign. Tap the minus signs to close the apps. Touch the screen up top or the home button to return.
  14. bender o macrumors 6502

    bender o

    Mar 14, 2009
    I don't know about you guys but from my experience USB charging not only gives you slower charging times, but also less battery life on THAT charge.

    I know it's weird and that it should be the same, but it's happened to me several times that when I'm too lazy to go look for the charger and plug my iPhone to my MBP the battery life the next day sucks, maybe that can be an issue too.
  15. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    Apps don't run in the background on iOS. The multitasking works in a way that apps are frozen and don't use resources after you switch apps, so they shouldn't be using any resources or running down your battery. Some apps will have task completion (e.g., downloading or uploading a file) which will use resources in the background until that task has completed, but you shouldn't want to quit those apps anyway.

    The purpose for being able to quit apps in the multitasking bar is to reboot misbehaving apps or to simply remove them from your "recently used' list.

    Also, you should be able to achieve 10 hours battery life with simple email, web, video, and basic app use. If you're not, I'd take it to an Apple store. The two exceptions to this which I've found tend to be high-graphics apps like games and image editing / art apps, or if you've got your brightness set abnormally high instead of using the auto-brightness setting. Also 3G iPads last about an hour less when using 3G.
  16. bender o macrumors 6502

    bender o

    Mar 14, 2009
    I'm not so sure about that, I know Apple says that what is supposed to happen, but when I forget to turn off my apps I get serious less battery life.
  17. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    Based on your sig I'm guessing WiFi version but in the event it's 3G remember if your signal becomes weak or not available the iPad will still work/use the battery to constantly get that 3G signal and can use much of the battery over the day and drain it a lot more than if the signal is strong and available.
  18. PBz macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2005
    PVB, Florida
    Are you running 4.3/4.3.1? I honestly think those have done something to iPad/iPhone battery life. My iPhone 4 was a champ until this and either it's dying or the firmware is doing something.
  19. tkadrum, Apr 10, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011

    tkadrum macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    You can also increase battery life by close the apps still running in the background.

    Hit (home) button twice (this will bring up apps stay open in the background)
    Press and hold the apps, then click upper left corner to close.
    Hit (home) again to go back.
  20. shardey macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    If you don't mind, explain to me how charging slower provides decreased. As I have experienced before, slowly charging batteries definitely increases the longevity of the charge capacity as heat is the culprit to a diminishing battery.
  21. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I'm on my iPad nonstop. I charged it fully Wednesday night, used it all day in school Thursday for notes, roughly 5 hours. 3G and WiFi on, bluetooth off, no push notifications, brightness 40% and nothing else running in the background. Got home battery was at 81%. Used it all day Friday, same thing, got home, 58%. Used it a lot of yesterday for web-browsing and email. Plugged it in this morning at 35% to charge. I got a good 12+ hours, wouldn't shock me if I got over 14. Very happy with my battery.

    Edit: Running iOS 4.3.1
  22. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    If you have either notifications or push email on, then those are going to use battery in the background to check for updates.

    (Hint: there ain't no such thing as real push except on a Blackberry.)

    As others have mentioned, using the lowest brightness you can stand, is a huge factor in getting long times out of any portable device.
  23. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Not entirely true. yes we should never have to close out what is in the multitasking "frozen" dock, but if you do not the iDevice will suffer major performance loss. Some applications that are frozen use 150+MB of RAM. Less RAM available equals slower boot up times for other apps, and slower response times. Which then equals more CPU being used, finally equalling less battery life.

    When playing some games like Doodle Jump, after I just played Real Racing 2, the doodle jumper will freeze and stutter occasionally. Close Real Racing and I don't have a single problem. Real Racing uses roughly 150-200MB of RAM in "frozen" mode.

    I have run many of my own little tests with battery life. If I don't close out my apps throughout the day my battery dies 2-3X faster than if I close them once every 1-2 hours.
  24. dmaul1114 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    Mine last roughly 10 hours. I lose about 10% during our of active use. A bit more if I'm doing something like Facetime etc.

    I lose 1-2% over night. I have some notifications on but not many.
  25. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    Calibrate your battery

    Especially after a software update.

    Run your iPad down to zero, it will shut down by itself. Leave it for an hour or so, then put it on the charger and charge to full. Might solve your issue.

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