Exchange iPad because of battery life?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by peteyyt, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. peteyyt macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Loving my iPad, but I'm a little confused about the battery life I've been getting. With Wi-Fi on, video playing, and screen at 3/4 brightness, I get an 18% dent on my battery per hour. My iPad is usually dead in less than 6 hours. Do you guys think this is grounds for an exchange? Would I just go there and ask for a new one, or should I make a Genius appointment?

    I'm reading reviews and personal accounts of people getting 9+ hours watching video, and I'm just not seeing it. Even browsing the web for the last hour I've seen a 13% decrease from fully charged.

    Just want to be getting the most out of the device. Thanks for the help!
  2. iLiveUdie macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2010
    Battery life does drain fast...the MacBook only lasts 6 hours off of the wall with competitive use!
  3. themanfromvlad macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2006
    3/4 brightness is too high unless you are always outdoors. That's what's killing your battery. Go to half brightness.
  4. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
  5. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I agree that it's probably the screen eating your battery. I have mine at about 1/4 brightness, can see it just fine, and can stream netflix for about 8 hours straight.
  6. peteyyt thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Cool, will try with brightness turned down.
  7. peteyyt thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Ok guys, so I turned my brightness down to 50%, charged my iPad to 100%, and let video run (through Videos app, not netflix, and a ripped copy of Watchmen, so not HD). 3.5 hours later and I am at 33% battery, which is the same if not worse than before. Could it be something on my end that I'm doing wrong? Maybe a setting that I don't realize I have on that is draining the battery so much? Otherwise why would lowering the brightness 25% not increase battery life in the slightest?
  8. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    If you're not happy, just take it back and swap it out. Hopefully you'll have better luck with the next one.
  9. GrindedDown macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2009
    Las Vegas
    I would go ahead and return it if I were you, based off of what I have been reading, your battery sounds like it is draining rather quickly. I would go to where you got it and explain what happened.

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