iPad mini Is it better to power down my iPad than put it to sleep?

iPodJedi

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Will it make my iPad battery last longer (talking about if it will affect my battery in a year or two from now) if I completely power it down when not using it instead of putting it to sleep? I know this will make the battery last longer now because even when it is in sleep mode it uses battery but I mean will it help a few years down the road and help preserve the battery life or does turning it on/off completely all the time affect the battery capacity negatively?
 

Rodster

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Seriously, please enjoy your iPad the way it was meant to be and don't worry about the battery. You will upgrade long before the battery stops working and you will see several generations of iPad's wizz by before you have battery issues. :)
 

s2mikey

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As long as you don't have push notifications and background app refresh on you should be fine letting it sleep. I do that all the time and the battery percentage is exactly the same in the morning as it is when I wake up. If there is one area that the iPad has down to a science it's battery performance.

No need to shut her down, sleep is fine. ;)
 

ElectronGuru

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There are a number of variables but most (like age and number of cycles) cant be helped. Just dont leave your pad connected to AC after it hits 100%.
 

davydavy

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There are a number of variables but most (like age and number of cycles) cant be helped. Just dont leave your pad connected to AC after it hits 100%.
ElectronGuru, what's wrong with leaving it connected to AC once it's charged?
 

Clubber

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The latest battery technology (that Apple uses) is very user proof. You don't have to do anything special. My original iPad is still going strong. it was passed down to the kid and can even handle her abuse.
 

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Robster3

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Will it make my iPad battery last longer (talking about if it will affect my battery in a year or two from now) if I completely power it down when not using it instead of putting it to sleep? I know this will make the battery last longer now because even when it is in sleep mode it uses battery but I mean will it help a few years down the road and help preserve the battery life or does turning it on/off completely all the time affect the battery capacity negatively?
Yes if you don't turn it on it will last for years :rolleyes:
 

raccoonboy

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glad to see Ipad owners wanting to stay with the device for many many years but turning off the device every night will probably wear out the power button faster than any other users.

I think some Ipad 1 user still have good battery, i doubt u would use it until the battery gone bad. If it is, and u dont want to fix then resale it online because there are people who bought the battery and replace it themselves. Use that money to buy new gen which i think it would at least be couple years from now.
 

andychelt

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I'm still using an ipad 1, I have never switched it completely off and battery life is still as great as ever! The only time battery decreases significantly is when I crank the brightness up. :D
 

maflynn

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The tablet is designed to be put to sleep and not shut down, I don't see any positive attributes in shutting down the iPad.
 

maflynn

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When the iPad came out, I was surprised at how well it managed the battery. This has only continued and improved over the years. As I stated it makes no sense to shut it down.

Apple designed it stay on, just put it to sleep. You wouldn't want to shut your iPhone down at night, the same thing :)
 

takeshi74

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I mean will it help a few years down the road and help preserve the battery life or does turning it on/off completely all the time affect the battery capacity negatively?
You might save some charge cycles but it's probably not worth the added hassle of power cycling every time. Your call. Worth is always highly subjective.

we are in 2013 technology, not 1990 that you are speaking of. plz dont spread false info about batteries. most people leave it charge over night and don't see any battery degrade
Try actually clicking through and reading the article on Li ion cells. The article isn't on "1990 technology". It's about Li ion cells which is directly relevant.
 
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G51989

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There are a number of variables but most (like age and number of cycles) cant be helped. Just dont leave your pad connected to AC after it hits 100%.
This isn't 1987 where you couldn't leave your device charging all the time, almost all modern laptops and tablets and smart phones will stop charging the battery on their own.
 

samiznaetekto

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Besides giving the battery a break it deserves, consider also the ramifications of having your device connected to network 24/7/365. As jailbreaking shows, Apple security can be compromised by visiting a specially crafted website. The jailbreak folks are supersmart, but there even smarter ones out there and they are quietly trying to exploit the hundreds of millions of always-on, always-connected devices to take advantage of - steal your data, use your device to mine bitcoins in background, use it as a node in distributed communication network. Do you really want to provide hackers this opportunity?

If you don't foresee using your device in the next few hours, just turn it off.
 

joeblow7777

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Besides giving the battery a break it deserves, consider also the ramifications of having your device connected to network 24/7/365. As jailbreaking shows, Apple security can be compromised by visiting a specially crafted website. The jailbreak folks are supersmart, but there even smarter ones out there and they are quietly trying to exploit the hundreds of millions of always-on, always-connected devices to take advantage of - steal your data, use your device to mine bitcoins in background, use it as a node in distributed communication network. Do you really want to provide hackers this opportunity?

If you don't foresee using your device in the next few hours, just turn it off.
That's a little paranoid of you. Isn't your phone on most of the day? In any case, if you're that woried you can still put it to sleep, but in airplane mode.

To answer the original question, I would suggest maybe powering off at night when you go to bed, but during the day, battery loss while in standby (and therefore battery wear over time) is neglegible.

And to the person above who suggested that this isn't the case for Android devices, you're either basing your info on older versions of Android or devices with poorly adjusted settings. My 2013 Nexus 7 doesn't lose any more power during a night on standby than my iPhone 5s does.