iPad How long does it take you to fully charge your Ipad Air??

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jalinga, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. jalinga macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2013
    This is my 1st ipad ever and in the past have owned several ipod models which only took me about 2 hours to fully charge them. I was charging my Ipad Air for the first time this morning and was surprised to see that after 2 hours of charging time, the battery was only about 57% full therefore it would mean that the Ipad Air would roughly take about 4 hours to fully charge.

    I was wondering if there is any way to speed up the charging time.

    I'd love to charge the device overnight and wake up to a fully charged ipad but since i generally sleep more than 4 hours, could you damage the battery if you leave it plugged in for several hours every day even when it's 100% charged?
  2. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    One of my nightly rituals is to plug in every one of my devices to charge overnight. My phone, my iPad, my nano. Does it hurt the battery? I haven't had any issues and I've been doing this since about 2003 when I got my first phone and PDA.

    I seem to remember that in the early days it wasn't recommended but back then the batteries were user-changeable so I never worried. Now, if I remember correctly it doesn't matter.

    I just do it. I change out my devices quickly enough (2 years usually) that it's not been an issue.

    Look, your tablet/phone is supposed to make your life easier. Fretting over whether you may damage the battery on something you probably won't keep more than 2-3 years is just asking for stress. If it really bothers you then put enough money away to pay for a new battery. If you never need one you can use it to purchase your new device.
  3. JGWolven macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2013
    You won't damage the battery. You will be fine. :)
  4. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    You can't expect a battery that's 8x the size to charge in the same amount of time. Leaving it to charger overnight won't damage it. Apple has really smart trickle charging.
  5. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Batteries these days are wiser than ever. They know not to "over-eat" and when they are charged you can basically just leave them plugged in all the time with no ill affects. Apple does recommend letting the battery get down to about 10% every once in a while but thats so the meter reading stays accurate and not for anything else.

    basically, Mine gets charged overnioght for the most part but I have seen it quick charge back up after just a few hours of being plugged in and the battery at like 40%. So, Id say 3 hours to fully charge from being at 30% or thereabouts.
  6. SamuraiMinis macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2013
    My iPad Air takes between 3 & 4 hours if I drain it to below 10%, normally closer to 3 then 4. Honestly, I couldn't be happier with the charge time of the Air!!!!!:rolleyes:
  7. MLAM macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I think it's about 4 hours from completely flat.

    To give you an idea it charged up to 53% just over 2 hours from flat when I checked it once.

    A combination of the 12W charger and smaller battery has made charging times much less than before :)
  8. IvanX macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2012
    I think the charger is also rated at 2.4A as opposed to 2A it was previously.
  9. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2013
    Apple Store, USA
    I own an ipad 2 and ipad mini-(obviously not exactly the same as an ipad air in terms of battery) but they do take a pretty long time to charge (probably about 2 times as much as an iphone) I normally just plug mine in over night or every other night since the batteries are so strong.


    Always charge your ipad (any ipad including the mini) using an apple 12W USB Power Adapter(the one that only comes with full sized iPads)-This will charge 2.2 times faster than the normal Apple 5W USB Power adapter that comes with iPhones and ipad minis.

    Always charge your iPhone, Ipad or ipod with the 12W power adapter that comes with iPads because again-it will charge twice as fast.

    If you keep auto-brightness turned on it will save battery by automatically changing the screen brightness when you walk into darker or brighter areas thus reducing the amount of energy used by your ipad.]

    Turn off bluetooth when you aren't using it because bluetooth will be constantly searching for new bluetooth devices to pair with which takes up a lot of battery and BTW it will remember past devices when you tun i off

  10. Derry macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2014
    Why does my ipad Air takes up to 6 hours to be fully charged?

    Why does my ipad Air takes up to 6 hours to be fully charged?
  11. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    Try switching it to Airplane Mode when you charge it.
  12. o2breathe macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2014
    Almost 4 hours, longer if I am using and charging
  13. AnthonyS621 macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2014
    It can take a while, mine takes around the 4 hour mark with a fully empty ipad, my phone(6+) can charge a full 100% in under an hour with an iPad charger its AMAZING
  14. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I suppose you don't have an AppleCare+ then you have a right to worry about if it will hurt the battery but that is why Apple is offering AppleCare+ if they know the battery will or might not damaged overnight. :apple:

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