Quick question: How long does the iPad battery last for watching movies?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Morisato, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Morisato macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2008
    Question in title. Please don't tell me I can buy a different tablet device or that I can watch movies while it's plugged in. I'm not looking for solutions or alternatives. I simply want to know how long does the iPad battery last when watching movies. How many non-stop hours of video can be watched on a full charge.

  2. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    dunno....but I've done 4 hours of movies back to back from NYC to LAX....plenty of batt left
  3. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I would guess around 9-10 hours if you have wifi off. Or are you talking about streaming video?
  4. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    I think mine with brightness at about half-60% lasts about 8% per 42minute netflix hd episode. So pretty great lol. More if I'm watching local stuff in airplane mode.
  5. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    I've personally stream about 9 hours of Netflix over LTE (I have unlimited
    verizon LTE data on ipad) before battery died.

    I have the ipad 3 verizon.
  6. AnonPoster macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2013
    That depends on if you have the New iPad (4th gen) or the old iPad 2.
    iPad 2 = 10 hours not plugged in

    iPad 4
    Wifi off/ Cell off
    Plugged in and watching video the battery will drain 1% every 6 min.
    Not plugged in, 5% every 6 min.

    So about 2 hours continuous use not plugged in for the new iPad.
  7. kgapp macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    If you are losing 10% of your battery every 12 minutes you need to bring your device in to Apple for repair/swap. That is nuts and is certainly not normal.

    As others have said there are variables (brightness, network connectivity, etc) that will affect your battery life. In my experience watching movies stored locally on the device I can get at least 8 hours of viewing per charge on an iPad 4.
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    For locally stored films 10+ hours easy.

    Streaming via plex varies but 8+ hours
  9. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Nowhere near normal.

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