Is the Apple Pencil battery life normally this sucky?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ghost31, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

    Ghost31

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    I fully charged my apple pencil and left it right next to my ipad pro while i'm sitting here typing on the smart keyboard. In the past 2 hours just sitting there (not using it at all) it went from 100% to 90%. Is that normal? I haven't used my pencil much since i got it so i'm not really sure what i should be expecting. A bit jealous of surface users who don't have to charge anything.

    So many batteries to worry about: ipad, iphone, apple watch...probably my shoes someday? Maybe my underpants. The future is weird
     
  2. Brammy macrumors 65816

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    I always turn Bluetooth off when not using my Pencil. What happens a lot is the open Bluetooth connection seems to drain the Pencil battery. This is really noticeable when I clip the Pencil to the iPad. Movement seems to wake the Pencil up and drain the battery.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors P6

    Relentless Power

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    Same here. Disabling Bluetooth conserves greatly.
     
  4. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    I haven't seen that, but I no longer check the battery very often. My first Pencil died after about ten months or so. One day the battery went nuts. It would charge to 100% faster than expected then in just a few minutes I'd get the low battery warning. I got it in November last year. I went to the Apple Store and they were very nice about giving me a replacement.

    I don't have hard evidence but it seems like this new Pencil is much better. The battery seems to last longer, I rarely get the low battery warning, and it seems to write more smoothly. I noticed the better writing experience immediately when I started using it.

    Perhaps Apple has been fine tuning the product as they gain experience manufacturing it?
     

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