iPad Pro Pencil leeching Pro battery life?

DisraeliGears

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Hey y’all! Just got the 2018 Pro, upgrading from an Air 1 and a 2014 low specced MacBook Pro. While there’s still some adjusting, the sheer power is intoxicating. I did notice one kind of odd thing I wanted to ask about...

Does the Pencil really drain your iPads charge longevity? In constant use, it lasts quite awhile, even under heavy loads. But I noticed that just sitting in my bag, it would lose 10-20% over the course of not being used for 5-8 hours. My old Air 1 would keep its charge unused for daaaaaays. So I thought of the Pencil... tested it today, and separating the Pencil and iPad rather than keeping it attached, I lost 2% over 10 hours (more what I’m used to).

Does the Pencil lack a hibernate mode causing it to be “always on” draining battery if it’s attached? Has anyone else noticed similar trends?

P.S.- Anything y’all know of aside from like 8k video editing that really uses this things power? Civ 6 is a blast, and the Pro just laughs at it. A portable screen like this shouldn’t be able to play that for 6+ hours
 

ferjilo

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There’s a long thread about it. It seem it does. Don’t keep it attached unless you need to charge it. My pencil is new and haven’t really tested it yet
 

Mabus51

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As stated above if the Pencil is attached it will not hibernate and constantly drain your iPad about 10% roughly every 5 hours. If you leave the Pencil separated from the iPad it will go into hibernation after a few minutes.
 

goobot

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As stated above if the Pencil is attached it will not hibernate and constantly drain your iPad about 10% roughly every 5 hours. If you leave the Pencil separated from the iPad it will go into hibernation after a few minutes.
Huh, I wonder if they will update it to fix this?
 

baypharm

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If you are not using it for 5-8 hours just turn off iPad completely. That’s what I do. Both devices will remain at 100 per cent when you are ready to power up.
 

ericwn

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If you are not using it for 5-8 hours just turn off iPad completely. That’s what I do. Both devices will remain at 100 per cent when you are ready to power up.
I bet the vast majority never turns the device off anymore, and why would anyone really. I’ll just charge over night most of the time and that works well for most days.
 
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