I purchased a refurbished iPad 3 in the middle of August and I would say i've used it lightly since then largely due to what i perceive to be poor battery life. However, as this is my first iPad this could be the standard performance hence why i'm trying to find out by posting. I generally use my iPad for browsing (Zite and Safari) and email but i've got a long overseas trip coming up lasting six weeks where the iPad 3 is going to be my main machine. I have a bluetooth keyboard and the new version of Pages and I'm going to be needing to write for around five hours a day at least. This is on top of heavy browsing, email and the videos i'll have stored on there for the six weeks. I'm going to be in remote and rural areas in the developing world where I might not have constant access to electricity to charge the iPad. I find if i'm touching the display that the iPad battery reduces quite rapidly and without measuring/timing how long each charge lasts I get around seven hours from 100% to 0%. It also seems to take at least seven hours to charge. I did not expect this before I purchased it (naivety on my part?). Can someone tell me whether this is normal/standard or should I be looking at speaking to Apple about it. As i purchased it from the official store refurbished I know i have a one year warranty. Essentially i've had it for 10 weeks. My main concern of my upcoming trip is productivity. Does the new iPad Air have far greater battery life than i'm experiencing? If so then i'm going to have to consider purchasing an iPad Air even though that is going to involve buying new lightening cables and a new smart case. Perhaps i'm experiencing standard issues of other iPad 3 owners, i just don't know. Thanks in advance.