iPad Air 2 gets very hot while charging when playing games!! HELP!!!!

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  1. ShaunAFC3, Jul 23, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2016

    ShaunAFC3 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2016
    When my iPad Air 2 is charging and when I play high graphic demanding games like Beach Buggy Racing, Asphalt 8 games like that. I know I am playing in landscape mode all the time but when I touch the middle of the ipad(where the CPU A8X is) it feels very very hot (almost/nearly uncomfortable/unbearable to touch but I can still touch the middle for a bit of time).

    But I am really really worried that it get worse overtime and will overheat and will seriously damage the external components inside and I definitely don't want that to happen!!! :/

    Yeah my iPad Air 2 gets very hot while charging when playing games!! :(

    So I really really need some help, I am wondering how to prevent/avoid this from overheating and possibly seriously damage the external components inside?? Is this normal?? Should I take it back to the place(PC World) I bought the iPad and get it hopefully replaced??

    And is there any good CPU temperature monitor apps for the iPad?? So I can see what is the temperature of the CPU??

    Oh yeah please keep in mind that my iPad Air 2 has been dropped and walked and sat on badly soo many times by accident so maybe the inside of the iPad where the CPU A8X is the external components has been damaged a bit but I really hope that is not the case..... :( :(
  2. SDColorado macrumors 68000


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    As long as you aren't seeing screen like this, your not in real danger of an overheat. Make sure you close down other background apps while you play and reduce the screen brightness some. That may help limit the heat.

    Keep in mind the iPad doesn't have a fan and uses passive cooling, which includes dissipating heat through the aluminum body.

  3. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    Are you using a case? If so, remove the case.
    The only other things I can suggest are:
    • Use a 20/15 minute rule (or calibrate as needed) - play for 20 minutes then turn it off or do something much less intense for 15 minutes.
    • If possible, don't play with the iPad's back in direct contact with a large area (I.e. On the table, your lap, a pillow) - instead put the iPad on a stand where as little as the back of the iPad is touching something as possible.
    • If possible, don't play in a room that's not cooled (while air conditioning isn't going to cool your iPad, excessive heat may cause it to heat up quicker)
    • Avoid playing while plugged in - charge your iPad after playing (the game may still cause the iPad to heat up, but not as quickly) or charge during the 15 minute break
    • There are cooling solutions out there for laptops (stands and such) which may work for the iPad, but I wouldn't expect significant results
    • I doubt that your handling of your iPad has caused any significant damage (because your iPad still works), so getting it replaced would likely not have an effect.
    • As stated above - unless you're getting a tempreture warning/shutdown from the OS, I doubt there's cause for component damage (unless you're running it in this condition for more than an hour or two every day). If the comfort is a concern, you may want to look into a gamepad and a stand.
  4. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    All good advice. But I wonder if he could fill a Ziploc bag with some water, and then rest the iPad back on that, for some cooling effect? I'm totally serious.
  5. bensisko macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2002
    The Village
    I've never tried that, but it's worth a shot!
    A bag of water might be risky, but along those lines maybe an ice pack (like the ones you put in a cooler).
  6. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Definitely risky, and not necessarily beneficial in the long haul - maybe good for a spot cool-down. Like putting a cool, wet compress on a fevered brow, the warmed water has to be exchanged for cool to remain effective. And a sealed water jacket is likely to be less effective than that cloth compress - no evaporative cooling from a plastic bag.

    Long term, I think that convective air cooling is more effective - as the air is heated, it is carried away and replaced by cooler air. There's potentially a very large volume of cool air that can be exchanged. On the other hand, the water bag is more of a closed system, with a relatively fixed thermal capacity. While water conducts heat more efficiently than air, that heat has to go somewhere.

    And speaking of risk, if the water is too cold (like a gel ice pack), it could conceivably induce condensation inside the iPad.
  7. SDColorado macrumors 68000


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO

    If it were me and I was going to try some sort of external cooling such as that, I would look at the gel ice packs. The hot/cold type packs will be able to survive the cold/heat cycles well of going from frozen to thawing to becoming warm. The thick gel would also be a much lower risk, in the event of a puncture or melt through.

    I saw an iPad cover with dual fans advertised some time ago, but the cost was around $160. I can't imagine the cooling benefits of that would warrant the price tag, but since there are no Apps that I am aware of that will give the readout from the iPad temperature sensor, it is hard to tell for sure.
  8. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    With "air" 2, I thought ipad was suppose to "cool" down.

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