iPad So... they said the Air has the same or better battery life.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Kadin, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Kadin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    Holy cow was that an understatement.

    I'm sitting at 8h 56m usage, 2d 3h standby and just hit 50% on my battery. It was plugged into my computer for approx 10mins doing a sync, that's it. Went up 1%.

    So yeah, I'm pretty damn impressed!
  2. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    same here. battery life is amazing!!
  3. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    I'm not sure where my charger is! :D It really is nice to not worry about charging very often.
  4. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Yeah, battery life is excellent for me. Of course, my iPad Air is from the "good battery" lot number/factory.
  5. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    I'm on pace for 14 hours. 42% with 8 hours of usage.
  6. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    Yeah battery life is absolutely fantastic. I topped it off straight out of the box on Friday. I just charged it earlier today at 23%, run time was 13.5 hours and over 3 days standby with 23% left. My plan was to trade my Mini for the retina Mini, but I'm going to keep it. In fact I bought another Mini from GameStop for $168 so no one but me in this household will use my Air :D

    Great deal on the preowned Mini. It was $225 plus I bought their mystery coupon which gave another 25% off. Looks like new and original Apple warranty until 8/2014.
  7. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Could you explain what you mean by "good battery" lot number?
  8. shadow puppet macrumors 6502

    shadow puppet

    Dec 2, 2012
    4th padded cell on the right
    I can't get over how long the battery lasts. My MBP and IP5 don't come close to the Air's longevity.
  9. ovation802 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Yeah -what about "good battery lots" ?
  10. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Pretty impressive given the reduction in battery capacity. Much better than the iPad 3 although it might be a wee bit shorter compared to the 4.
  11. woodynorman, Nov 4, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013

    woodynorman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    Third day with my new iPad Air cellular version

    Right now I'm at 47% battery left.

    Usage is 9 hrs 45 min. Standby is 1 day 12 hours.

    Never had such a good battery in an iPad!

    Edit: I've never had this good battery life from ANY Apple product I've ever owned.
  12. JGWolven macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2013
  13. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Coming from the Mini the battery is incredible. I would usually get around 8 hours on the mini, with the Air I get around 12-13. To be honest I am expecting many people to be disappointed in the Retina Mini's battery life, as it is one thing many people haven't considered in switching to the smaller size.
  14. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I realize but I don't care. I'm expecting the retina Mini to have similar battery life to the iPad 3. As long as it can manage that, I won't be disappointed. :)
  15. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    I'm down 10% after an hour of active use but I keep it at highest brightness.
  16. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    Oh it won't be bad, surely close to 8-9 hours, but there are just crazy people on here that can't see any reason for the Air to exist. But they are completely different devices in terms of how you use them.
  17. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    is it because i was watching youtube or something ? only got 10 hours
  18. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    That's why the new Mini is slightly thicker than the previous version, to incorporate a slightly larger battery to make up for the retina display.
  19. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    In fairness, there are plenty of crazy people on here, too, that can't see any reason for the Mini to exist. :rolleyes:

    That said, I'm not getting the Air this year but I expect I'll buy the next iterations of both Air and Mini next year (different use-case).
  20. JGWolven macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2013
  21. Aetherhole macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2009
    Tustin, CA
    2 days, 1 hour of standby

    7 hours, 21 minutes of usage

    30% still to go!

    Mostly on wifi, but some on LTE.

    my 7+ hours of usage consisted mostly of graphics-intensive gaming, like Asphalt 8, Infinity Blade 3, Nova 3.

    VERY impressed with the battery life. A very nice change coming back to iOS after using the Nexus 7 (2013). The Nexus 7 is a fantastic device, but run the same graphics-intensive games and you're going to run out in just a few hours.

    iDevices consistently have better "usable" battery-life. I'm not going to be watching a video for 10 hours straight, I'm going to be doing lots of different things, and the iPads have always met my expectations or exceeded it. The iPad Air definitely has exceeded my battery life expectation thus far.
  22. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I see better battery life as well. I also really like how fast it charges. Much faster than the iPad 3.
  23. mpayne2k macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    Battery life alone should cover at least $100 of the $399 iPad Mini vs. $229 Nexus 7 debate. I've been able to squeeze just 8 hours max out of my Nexus 7 and that was just doing light browsing and some Plants vs. Zombies 2. If I did that on an iPad it would probably last 16 hours.
  24. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    12 hours usage, 3 days standby - at 48% and going.

    Pretty sweet!
  25. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Ditto. I always felt the battery performance of my iPad 2 was damned good but the Air is out of control! I joked in another thread that my Air doesnt even use the battery - it uses the heat from my hands and breath to operate itself.... :cool:

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