iPad Those who have the pencil you leave it attached to iPad all the time?

The Game 161

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Thought would leave my pencil attached to my pro overnight and over 11 hours my iPad dropped from 100% to 75%. Thinking it might be pencil related. You tend to only have pencil attached when you’re using iPad or at all times?
 

laurenr

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I have also found a huge battery drain when keeping the Pencil attached at all times. I did an experiment yesterday to confirm this. Seeing as I don't use the pencil continually, I detached it, actually leaving it another room. With the same amount of iPad usage the battery lasted substantially longer. And obviously, if you want to take it one step further as regards battery, you can turn Bluetooth off in settings, (not in Control Center), as this is a known battery hog.
 

flur

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I keep the pencil attached while the iPad is charging. When it’s not, I might attach it or not. I usually take it off if I’m using the iPad and not the pencil.
 

Ralfi

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Thought would leave my pencil attached to my pro overnight and over 11 hours my iPad dropped from 100% to 75%. Thinking it might be pencil related. You tend to only have pencil attached when you’re using iPad or at all times?
Surprising as I thought it would behave as the Airpods/Case do - in that charging stops as soon as the Airpods reach 100%?
 

macduke

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I think my battery has been draining because I’m using it a ton right now since it’s new. I have the Pencil attached about half the time.
 

DeanLubaki

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I leave it attached all the time and I’m not seeing a drain.
The battery of the Pencil is also tiny and I doubt it would create a significant drain
 
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Capt T

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I don’t notice much if any drain.

You may want to check you settings to make sure your email isn’t fetching often.
 
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flur

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Yes i keep it attached otherwise i would lose the pencil.
I have a pouch of dongles for this thing, and a microfiber wipe. When I’m not using the pencil and don’t want it attached, I put it in with those things. That way, if it gets knocked off the iPad in my bag, it’s not loose getting tangled with other stuff.
 
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Porterhouse

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I also keep my pencil in a dongle bag. I tried to keep it attached to the iPP for the first few days, but it would get knocked loose in my bag, which worried me. I haven’t used my Pencil yet that much; I think the lowest the battery has gotten is about 80%. (Pencil battery, that is.) My iPP is hovering around 20% as I type this.

I checked the battery setting, but I guess it only shows apps, or else I’m not using my Pencil enough to show up.
 

Rogifan

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Yes I pretty much have it attached most of the time. The only time I don’t is if I’m reading a book or watching video.
 

mcvaughan

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I generally leave it connected, unless I'm doing any reading on the couch or controlling my Apple TV. I don't believe there's much of a drain on battery by leaving it connected, so I'd say check your battery stats.
 

chfilm

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By the way, charging the airport case on the go through usbc-lightning is one of my favorite features!
 

tekchic

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I always leave the Pencil connected unless I'm on the couch reading a magazine or something (or playing Fortnite). I left the iPad off the charger for 12 hrs one day while at work and watched some videos, updated apps, etc, and only lost 5% of battery life on the iPad itself, and the Pencil stayed between 97% and 100% all day.
 

Greenmeenie

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I dunno about battery drainage since I haven’t gotten my 11” iPad Pro yet, but I probably will keep it attached. That’s the whole point of the new design right?

I wonder how long the Apple Pencil 2 keeps a charge when not attached, but not being used?

When I am at home, my iPad will be plugged in, so I wouldn’t worry about battery drain. And when walking around with it, I will keep the pencil attached cause it’s my digital sketchbook, so I want the pencil always at the ready. I may rig a fabric loop on my case that holds the pencil in place, but I may not have to.

When I am traveling tho, I am curious how well the pencil will stay on when in a backpack? These are all tests I plan to do. At least there is no more small pen cap that can easily be lost. I think it should be fine. Although this is a pencil I definitely don’t want to lose!
 

tekchic

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When I am traveling tho, I am curious how well the pencil will stay on when in a backpack? These are all tests I plan to do. At least there is no more small pen cap that can easily be lost. I think it should be fine. Although this is a pencil I definitely don’t want to lose!
I bought a sleeve to put the iPad / SmartFolio / Pencil into, that way in my backpack it's not getting bumped/jostled around too much. The Pencil pops off fairly easily if it's loose in a bag.

I got this sleeve (waiting for me at home tonight) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2TFL04
 

Greenmeenie

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I bought a sleeve to put the iPad / SmartFolio / Pencil into, that way in my backpack it's not getting bumped/jostled around too much. The Pencil pops off fairly easily if it's loose in a bag.

I got this sleeve (waiting for me at home tonight) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N2TFL04
I’ll probably do something like that as well. Can’t have too much protection while in your backpack.
 

eoblaed

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The one thing I'm not sure of is if the iPad Pro can turn off charging through that inductive area when the Pencil is full. In other words, can it use the same kind of intelligent algorithms other Apple charging systems use to keep from prematurely aging the battery through excessive charging, etc.
 

AceFernalld

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The one thing I'm not sure of is if the iPad Pro can turn off charging through that inductive area when the Pencil is full. In other words, can it use the same kind of intelligent algorithms other Apple charging systems use to keep from prematurely aging the battery through excessive charging, etc.
Yes it can. Fairly sure it was mentioned in the keynote