iPad Pro Am I gonna kill my iPad?

LolTakeri

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How many hours per day do you use your iPad?

I have a 9.7 iPad Pro which I have for more than 1.5 year and it's working perfectly,with heavy use. But due to a change in my life,I decided to use it as my main computer for everyday use. That means I charge it overnight and when I go to bed it's at about 10% or less and the screen is on almost all day long. What makes me anxious is how much longer will it hold up. Was it designed for such use?Is there anyone else out there that abuses and exploits his/her poor little iPad?
 

Johnny365

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I use mine maybe like 5 hours a day on average. You can always use coconut battery connected to a Mac computer to see battery stats on your iPad.
 

LolTakeri

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I use mine maybe like 5 hours a day on average. You can always use coconut battery connected to a Mac computer to see battery stats on your iPad.
I don't have any battery life problems yet but what concerns me is how long will this last?

I didn't include in the OP that I use my iPad on average 10 hours per day
 

Gravydog316

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I use mine basically 24/7 @ home & work,
but I almost always have it on charge;
it depends how you use it & your settings, too, remember.
 

LolTakeri

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I use mine basically 24/7 @ home & work,
but I almost always have it on charge;
it depends how you use it & your settings, too, remember.
Hmmmm. Will having it constantly on charge help me prevent future battery life problems?
 

Gravydog316

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Hmmmm. Will having it constantly on charge help me prevent future battery life problems?
Probably not,
but i have heard:
  • let your battery drain sometimes so it can recharge fully;
  • don't let it drain too low;
  • keeping it plugged in won't harm it;
  • keeping it plugged in will decrease battery life...


...who knows??
I have heard all this many times! haha

i leave mine plugged in,
but when i play games, it drains the battery faster (of course)...
it all depends on how you use it & your settings can drain the battery quickly too
 

sunapple

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I wouldn't say using your iPad all day will be a problem, it's probably designed to survive heavy use right? Anyway, the battery is the component that's going to wear most, but that's only natural. Use it how you want and relax a bit!
 
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scottcampbell

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Using it that often is how you're going to get the most value for your money and the most bang for your buck.

Maybe you could extend its life a year or two by using it less, but what's the point if you have to use your device less?

Once it dies, you'll know you used it to it's maximum and it worked well for you. Then you can get a new one.
 

NT1440

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That's what I am gonna do. Keep it plugged in and relax:rolleyes: thanks everyone :)
There's no way to kill a battery faster than to leave it plugged in all the time. Just charge it up when it needs it and just use the thing. It will be fine, you don't need to baby it.
 
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rui no onna

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Yup, just charge your iPad more often to help keep battery healthy. If possible, charge it before it gets to 20%.

Lithium batteries don't like extremes (drained or full). That said, between the two states, I'd opt for full charge instead of letting it drain.
 

Hym tix

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"kill my iPad" - hah, I came here to watch somebody doing something stupid with their iPad.
But nope you are just using it.

I thought the conventional wisdom on modern iPad battery use is that you can use it however you want, but the number of battery cycles will be the primary factor in how long the device lasts. In that case, if you are at a desk, keep it plugged in and when you aren't then just use it. If you are at a desk for half of the day, then that is 50% less battery usage than would be if you just kept it unplugged until you go to bed. And, therefore you should get about 2x the battery life before your iPad dies (of old age after a happy and fulfilled life).
 
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spudWorks

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I've had the baby pro since it came out and, since iOS 11, I can see that I average about 6 hours a day using it. I use it with my Apple Pencil for note taking for two hours a day in my German class and then basically use it for everything else once my work day is over (I need to use a Mac as a programmer but I turn it off at the end of every work day and then just rely on my iPad Pro). So, I've had mine for very nearly three years now?

I've noticed that the battery isn't quite as as long lived as it once was. But, short of doing something really intensive like editing photos with Pixelmator or putting together a movie with iMovie, it always gets me through a day, usually with at least 30% battery left. The screen also now has a "hot spot" about the size of the Apple Pencil tip above the home button that just appeared one day a couple of months ago but it's not really a big deal.

What really hasn't held up as well is the ASK. I'm on my third at this point and collecting the "like new" ones from eBay whenever I find them at a good price. But then, the iPad has become my primary writing device. So I probably use the ASK more than average.

Given that I travel with mine and can support work with it and never worry about looking for a charger before the day ends still after this long, I really wouldn't be worried about use. The battery should continue to do fine for a long time. I desperately want a new 11", you know... because... but as well as this thing has held up, I could probably get at least another two or three years out of it. And, in terms of screen use, most restaurants in NYC that use them as POS terminals are still using iPad 2s and those are on every day, all day long for service and have been for years. So you're all good.
 

Gravydog316

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If you are near power why not keep it plugged in to give the battery a break.
Well, because you're not giving it a break,
plugged in, the battery is being used & getting warm,
which may decrease its life
(AND, some say you should let your battery drain in order for it to recharge fully...)
(but who knows?!)
 

Newtons Apple

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Well, because plugged in, the battery is being used & getting warm,
which may decrease its life
(AND, some say you should let your battery drain in order for it to recharge fully...)
(but who knows?!)
You need to do a bit of homework. If the battery is full and you plug in the device to use it for a few hours, it is not going to get warm and cause harm. Even if the battery is at 50% when I put it on the charger, it does not get warm.
 

Thomas Davie

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Bought my IPP 12.9 on December 4th. Since then I’m apparently playing Civ 6 (I am retired) about 4-5 hours per day and using it to ‘surf’ 2-3 hours per day. It gets plugged in either when I notice the battery is getting low or if I just think to plug in when playing Civ.

Rest of the time on the IPP has been spent learning how to use GoodNotes goodly :)

I’m not blase’ or unappreciative - but if it dies I will buy another one no matter how long I’d have to save/scrimp. I’ve got it, use it heavily and love using it.

Tom
 

steve23094

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Lithium-ion suffers from stress when exposed to heat, so does keeping a cell at a high charge voltage. A battery dwelling above 30°C (86°F) is considered elevated temperature and for most Li-ion a voltage above 4.10V/cell is deemed as high voltage. Exposing the battery to high temperature and dwelling in a full state-of-charge for an extended time can be more stressful than cycling.

Source: https://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries