iPad mini I need to verify practical battery life while watching movie.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by chemicalx, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. chemicalx macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2013
    Hi all, I'm newcomer here, just bought a Mini a month ago, I'm quite doubting about my battery life after reading some reviews and I need your help.

    Though I have surfed the forum and seen lots of posts concerned Ipad Mini Battery Life but most of them were calculated in mix use situation (games, web, music, book, film....) and that's hard to justify whether the battery is in good shape :D

    Now I just want to see how long the battery should last while playing movie only
    These are some results from other reviews:
    As you can see, all the reviews can get over 11hrs but my Mini, with 50% brightness and no Wifi, can only last for 9hrs and a half (looping M4V in Photo app) :(
    I would be very grateful if you could post your result here (only playing movie) so I can conclude if my battery is faulty or those reviews are all exaggeration.
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Apple says up to 10 hours watching videos, so it sounds like yours is in spec.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new iPad Mini! Your battery is perfectly fine. Each user's battery life will differ slightly, but they should all be in the same range when doing the same tasks. Yours is well within reasonable expectations, so I would just relax and enjoy your iPad.
  4. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    It's possible that the encoding of the movie could make a difference in the power consumption on playback. Also, the Photos app could be less efficient than the Videos app. That's just a guess, but if you're trying to make a comparison, you really should match the conditions the others were most assuredly using. If you really care, spring for a movie rental and do it right. You can usually find a $0.99 special.
  5. chemicalx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2013
    thanks for your kind words :) actually, I can make my Mini last 12hrs with mix use, but those results of 11hrs in movie playing really worries me :( my result of 9hrs still followed the condition in the reviews: 50% brightness, no wifi, standard format M4V.
    Forgot to mention, my version is 6.1.3, can this be the cause of quickly drained battery ?

    It's really good if you can post your results for comparison.
  6. TrollToddington macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    My iPad 2 has been working for 16 hours since the last full charge - that's what the iOS says in the settings. I did not watch any movies, only reading books, surfing the web and listening to music. Wifi has always been on. There are still 5% battery left.

    Depending on usage the iPad can last forever on full charge ;)

    Sorry for the off topic. I hope you did not mind me sharing my exeperience.
  7. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    5% less than Apple's "up to 10 hours" spec is hardly faulty. There's certainly nothing faulty about not matching lab tests that produced results that exceeded Apple's spec.

    There are also variables in the lab tests that you may not have matched. For example, they almost undoubtedly tested with a clean iOS installation (restore iOS, set up as a new device, no additional apps installed), no built-in apps running, auto-brightness off, location services off, notifications off, Bluetooth off, the same ambient temperature (warmer or cooler than the test conditions will yield different results)…

    Lab tests like those are designed for product comparisons - consistent, controlled conditions that eliminate as many variables as possible. The more variables you eliminate, the farther you stray from real-world conditions.

    Each tester you cited got somewhat different results. Part of that is due to variations in test methodology, part of that due to sample variability. Otherwise, why would Engadget get nearly 12.75 hours with Wi-Fi enabled, while ExpertReview got 11.5 hours with Wi-Fi disabled?

    The test results aren't intentional exaggerations, they're the natural outcome of lab testing. As they always say, "Your mileage may vary."
  8. chemicalx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2013
    thank you, maybe I just worry too much (it's my bad habit everytime I own a new hi-tech toy :p), it's good to know that warmer or cooler than the test conditions will yield different results
  9. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Enjoy the iPad mini and stop stressing over half an hour!
  10. mcdspncr macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2011
    Try something like CineXplayer. I've always used that for traveling and felt it lasted very well, but I've never measured it. Either way, I bet it's related to iPhoto. Great app but fairly bloated I suspect. Doesn't even run on first gen iPad.
  11. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    If you're really worried then get it tested. 9 hours isn't something to be concerned about. Encoding will affect battery run times as videos aren't all encoded identically so your attempt to gather statistics isn't going to be meaningful. If you want to monitor your battery in a practical matter then monitor run time trends versus a single data point. If you see a serious drop in battery life then you might want to dig into the problem.
  12. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I watched Netflix movie over wifi for 3 hours appox the battery goes down to about 80% average. That is for iPad 2. :apple:

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