Use iPad while charging?

Richard8655

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Can the iPad be in use during charging, like a cell phone can? Or will it insist on going to sleep during the charge?
 

tunerX

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I use it like that most of the day. 3G sucks the power so it is always plugged in.
 

AppleHelp

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In my knowledge for apple care it's best not to, prevent overheating and the battery will burn quickly like that, even though it's said to last 10 hours(wifi) you should just do a one time charge, i charge mine on date and use it for 3. Good deal.
 

xraytech

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In my knowledge for apple care it's best not to, prevent overheating and the battery will burn quickly like that, even though it's said to last 10 hours(wifi) you should just do a one time charge, i charge mine on date and use it for 3. Good deal.
I question your Apple Knowledge?

I say charge your iPad whenever you get a chance.

I'm calling your bluff.
 

Julien

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My iPad is weird. Whenever I try to use it while it's charging, it either goes to "Not charging" or it will read like "15%" and the Plug in the Battery (which means it's fully charged".
If you are using the wall wart then you may have a problem. If using USB then that is normal.
 

tmarks11

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I question your Apple Knowledge...I'm calling your bluff.
+1

The sad thing is there are many people here who will blindly accept his claim of being a apple "genius" (am I the only one who finds that apple label annoying?)

Using your iPad while charging will slow the charging rate slightly, since some of the available current from the wall wort will be used to power your iPad instead of charging the battery. If anything, this will actually extend your battery life, since slower recharging rates give you a longer battery life. Slower battery charging rates will also provide a better 100% recharge, meaning the battery will last longer until the next charge is needed.

In reality, both of those benefits will be unnoticeable.

The only issue might be battery overheating, since the battery produces heat while charging and the heating from the iPad adds to this. Apple has made an ultraconservative over heat limit (95f) shutdown, so your iPad will protect itself and you don't need to worry about it. This heating effect would probably cancel out the benefit I described above.

Bottom line... Go ahead and use while charging... And ignore the "baby genius in training".
 

Zazoh

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tmarks11 said:
This heating effect would probably cancel out the benefit I described above.
Yup, as above.

1. We know slower charges are better.
2. We know extended periods of hot battery reduce battery life. This is well documented and not unique to apple.

We don't know the ratio of above, at least I didn't find anything. But we don't need to worry about it. The battery should last a few years and by then we'll be wanting something new anyway.

Oh, but I hate where they placed the cord. Should have been off center on one of the long sides. Too much lab testing and not enough user testing.
 

mixvio

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In my knowledge for apple care it's best not to, prevent overheating and the battery will burn quickly like that, even though it's said to last 10 hours(wifi) you should just do a one time charge, i charge mine on date and use it for 3. Good deal.
Um yeah, this is totally incorrect.

I really hope you don't actually work for AppleCare.
 

3lionsbecks

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of course you can use it while its charging. the guy saying you can't (or shouldn't) is wrong.

Thats like saying you can't use your laptop while its plugged in either. Makes no sense.
 
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