Turning iPad off

Discussion in 'iPad' started by DougY, May 26, 2010.

  1. DougY macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    I had to go out of the country for three weeks, and, for security reasons, decided to leave my iPad at home. I was concerned about the battery draining while I was gone. Well, surprise, surprise! I turned the iPad off completely when I left, and came home yesterday to find the Battery still at 100%, after three weeks.
    It hadn't drained a bit. Just a note for those of you who may someday have to do the same thing I did, without worrying about battery longevity.
  2. Liam8 macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2009
  3. John Paul macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    Washington DC
  4. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    Wow only wonder though if it showed 100% at first but then dropped off rather quickly (say as an example down to 92%)
  5. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Why would you "worry" about the battery draining whether it was off or on?

    I don't get it.
  6. Maaz macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2010
  7. kaelell macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2009
    yea me neither but I thought... meh.. not worth it.
  8. design-is macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
    My thoughts exactly...
  9. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Concerns about devices running out of battery when left unused reminds me of the "bad old days" when everything was in RAM and the only way to keep your data safe was to keep a battery charge. Back when I had "real" PalmOS devices, that is to say before the days of the dreaded NVFS devices which were notoriously unstable, I used to have to worry that not charging meant losing everything. Basically the best thing Palm ever did for its customers, giving them non volatile memory, turned into their worst nightmare.

    iPod Touch and iPad came along more recently and losing data after running out of battery is a non-issue. Even if you left your iPad sitting on the coffee table turned on and had it set to never turn itself off, you would return from vacation to find it dead but easily chargeable and usable. It's not a good thing to let Li-Ion batteries drain completely. It takes away from battery life. When I say battery life, I don't mean the number of hours you will get before your next charge so much as I mean the number of charge cycles remaining before your batteries won't hold a charge at all. So of course it's a good idea to press and hold power to put your iPad completely to sleep if it's going to be left unused for an extended number of days. But even if you did let it run down all the way, your data should still be there after you charge it up when you return.

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