iPad Is my iPad Air battery life normal?

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  1. docprego macrumors 65816

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    It seemed like my iPad 3 got MUCH better battery life than my Air. However I didn't manically check usage back then so it's sort of a hunch.

    Now I get about 6 hours of constant screen on time out of my Air at 100% screen brightness the entire time and with wifi on exclusively.

    Is this acceptable?
     
  2. cababah macrumors 68000

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    At max brightness, I'd say that's about right. That takes a lot of juice. Take it down to 50% and I bet you could come close to doubling that usage time.
     
  3. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you. I just really enjoy using it at 100%. As it is my perception is that the Air is not as bright as my ipad 3 was at 100%. That makes me hesitate to turn it down. If the battery life is normal I'd just settle for charging more often.
     
  4. cababah macrumors 68000

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    I guess it depends on what environment you are using it in. Indoors, I rarely need to go over 50% but outdoors would require more brightness. The Air is my first iPad so I don't have a basis of comparison in terms of max brightness.
     
  5. mechanopony macrumors member

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    I'm surprised you use it 100% all the time. It's way too bright to me. That setting will definitely suck the battery down.
     
  6. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

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    Same here
     
  7. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's about the white levels. They look well, whiter. I'll try 80% today and see how that affects battery life.
     
  8. largefarrva macrumors 6502a

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    6 hours at 100% brightness is pretty good IMO.

    Just out of curiosity I turned mine up to 100% to just see how bright it would be....and my eyes immediately started watering. lol I must have overly sensitive eyes or something because there's no way I could do that without sunglasses. Around 20% is where I keep mine and it lasts for a long time....easily longer than the 10 hours as advertised.
     
  9. Sym0 macrumors 6502

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    I leave mine on auto and after watching a one hour HD tv show I was on 94% and that was with 16 hours standby.

    I ended up at at 48% with 6:50 min usage 50/50 game video and some internet wifi. Standby was 30+ hours.
     
  10. nanotoj macrumors regular

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    I got over 14 hours battery life from one charge with my Air this week. I keep it at around 50% brightness all the time.
     
  11. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    Right, that's about where I'm at too. I always felt the battery life of my iPad 2 was great but the Air is even better.
     
  12. Droidrage729 macrumors 6502

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    Well I have my brightness turned all the way down and I still don't get as good of battery life as my iPad 4 did.
     
  13. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a

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    I as well use my iPad Air at 100% brightness all the time with wifi on. Right now I am at 33% with 4 hours and 51 minutes of usage. 14 Hours and 47 minutes of standby. The display is set to autolock after 15 minutes.
     
  14. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Ambient light conditions will greatly affect how bright you need it. I typically use mine indoors morning and evenings, at about 1/3 brightness and get 14-20 hours. The last few days I've been home, we have snow on the ground, and I've been using it in our south facing living room during the day. With much more ambient light from the daytime sunshine reflected off the snow, the auto brightness is often adjusting to 80-100% and it looks like I'd get 10-12 hours. 6 seems a little low to me, but depending on use, plausible.
     
  15. docprego thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Update: reduced brightness to approximately 80% and got just about 7 hours out if it. Not a bad improvement. I can now see how some of you get 10+ hours, must have your brightness at 30% or similar.
     

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