Is the Apple Pencil battery life normally this sucky?

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

  1. Ghost31 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2015
    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

    Sep 17, 2008
    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 Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Same here. Disabling Bluetooth conserves greatly.
  4. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    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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