Keep iPad charging while using it?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by absentraveler, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. absentraveler macrumors newbie

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    I am a new iPad 2 user and have a naive question. Normally, I charge my iPad once a couple of days and use it while it is discharging. Then, I charge it again once the charging levels have reached 10-15%.

    Is this mode of usage optimal for the longevity of the battery? Or should I keep the battery charging while I'm using the iPad? I do not have a docking station (since I'd opted for a smart cover instead) but I can still keep it connected to the power outlet on my office desk.

    On a related note, how long does the iPad battery keep giving optimal performance?
     
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  3. wizee macrumors member

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    When my ipad 2 gets low, I charge overnite, when I turn on in the am, I leave it plugged in until I leave the house. Been doing this since March. No problems.

    Also, If you turn off the auto rotate, (only use it when needed) you will gain more time. I average 11 hours of power. Neat trick.
     
  4. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I use mine while it's plugged in, I also drain the battery every couple of days and haven't had a problem.
     
  5. club1820 macrumors member

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    Does anyone know if there are extensions cords available so you don't need to be so close to an outlet?

    thanks.
     
  6. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    Apple sells a 10W USB charger with a six-foot cord. $29 at the online store. Very handy to keep in the house while the original charger travels with your iPad.
     
  7. Cubemaster13, Jun 11, 2011
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    Dont really understand what you are asking sorry. If you want to try to use your computer to charge your iPad when it says not charging, there is a video on YouTube if you search charge iPad anywhere, that's what I use to charge my iPad in my low end Dell laptop. Not sure if it is what you are looking for, sorry.
     
  8. bufffilm macrumors 601

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    that would be OK, i wouldn't recommend going lower than 10% before recharging. you want to avoid regularly reaching 5% or less on the battery level (this is known as deep discharging) because some studies show that constant deep discharging accelerates the deterioration of the battery.

    i generally plug-in my ipad when i reach 15-20% remaining, with my usage pattern it works out to about 1 charge per 7 days.

    apple recommends doing 1 deep discharge every 30 days. you should take that with a grain of salt as everyone's usage pattern varies.


    no, you should avoid doing this on a regular basis. this is known as "topping off" and like deep discharging, it can eventually lower the storage capacity of the battery.
     
  9. absentraveler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your very useful response, bufffilm!
     
  10. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

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    Plug the electric plug into any old extension cord, no need to pay for an extension for the USB plug.
     
  11. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

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    That what I do!
     

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