During the time I still had it, my first generation iPad was the king of maintaining its battery charge. To me, the iPad defined what a mobile device should be. Nearly limitless utility without needing to charge it when it wasn’t convenient. On a single charge I could use my iPad for days to check email, browse the web, read news, listen to music, or whatever I wanted to do. If my iPhone or MacBook needed to be charged, I turned to my iPad to provide all the entertainment and utility I needed.
Now that the latest iPad has arrived, there are a number of new iPad users who may or may not be too savvy with ways to conserve battery life. While the new iPad is no chump in how long it can maintain its charge, it’s worth sharing some of the more obvious and subtle ways to use your iPad for longer periods of time before the need to recharge.
Whether you know it or not, the third-generation iPad’s battery grew by 70 percent over the iPad 2 in order to supply the pixel dense retina display. Because of this beefier battery, it will take longer to charge than the iPad 2, or what you might expect if you’re new to the iPad in general. Generally recharging my new iPad takes over four hours to go from dead to fully charged. However, despite the significant increase in battery, the new iPad still touts the same battery life as the iPad 2, roughly 10 hours. Here are a few ways to keep your iPad battery maximized depending on your use.
Not Too Bright
The new screen on the new iPad is pretty stunning, but that doesn’t mean you should go all out and crank up the brightness. Adjusting the brightness setting beyond mid brightness is a sure-fired way to kill your battery. I keep mine right at the mid point and keep the auto-adjust brightness feature enabled. Go to Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper.
Where Are You?
Location services for your applications can be disabled without you losing too much, if any, functionality associated with whatever app it’s associated. While it’s a little tougher to argue whether the location services for an app is good or bad, they all put a dent in the battery, and if you’ve got a bunch of apps all pulling for your location, it might be a good idea to turn them off. Go to Settings > Location Services > Turn off any apps that don’t need location services.
The iPad is all about staying connected to what matters most to you. That being said, do you use a speaker or headset with your iPad that uses Bluetooth? No? Then you should probably turn off Bluetooth. The same can be said for the Wi-Fi and 4G connections. If you can load movies, books, music, and other entertainment from your computer onto your iPad, you’ll save some battery by turning off any wireless connections you don’t need or use. Go to Settings > Airplane Mode > On
Do You Ping?
One item that surprisingly uses up battery, even if your not using it, is Ping. To find out what Ping is, click HERE. While it isn’t known how much battery Ping drains from iDevices, I recommend disabling it unless you really like to share your iTunes purchases with other Ping or Twitter users. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > Ping > Off.
Do you really need to be notified every time someone likes or comments on your Facebook status? While up to the second updates from the few to hundreds of apps you can have on your iPad may seem like a neat way of staying up to date on games, utilities, and social networks, they can put a serious drain on your battery. Turning off some or all of your push notifications from the notification center is a great way to conserve even more life from your iPad’s battery. Go to Settings > Notifications > Turn off all the notifications in the apps you don’t need.
In The Background
Then there’s the multitasking drawer. The multitasking drawer can be accessed by double tapping the home button on the iPad. All of the apps that appear are the ones you have most recently used. While these apps aren’t all running all the time, having multiple apps running can drain the battery a bit. Just tap and hold on any app in the multitasking drawer until a red circle appears at the top left corner of the app. Now you can tap on the red circle to close the app completely. Properly maintaining these apps will help to give back what battery life they may have been siphoning off.
iCloud & Reporting
While iCloud can be handy in syncing music, television shows, movies, or documents, it can leech away at the battery. If photo stream isn’t necessary, disable it. If your iPad never leaves your side, you can probably disable “Find My iPad.” If you have a computer that you sync to your iPad, you can also disable backing up your iPad to iCloud. Go to Settings > iCloud > Turn off all the features you don’t need. Next, you might as well disable the Diagnostic & Usage Reports. Go to Settings > General > About > Diagnostic and Usage > Don’t Send.
Don’t Be Cheap.
Recently, some finger pointing related to battery drain has been aimed at free apps. Many app developers build two versions of their apps, one free so you can demo the app or game, and one that you pay for. The free apps ususally will be supported by some form of advertisement. Some sites like Gizmodo.com say that these advertisements can contribute to a sharp decline in battery life that can be avoided by simply buying the full version of the app.
While you may not want to disable all of these features, it helps to know that if you want to get the most battery our of your iPad you can change your settings to cater to your use.
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