One of the unexpected ‘features’ of the new iPad is that it takes a lot longer to charge – a whole lot longer (somewhere around 7 hours by most estimates). Fortunately, the new iPad offers superb battery life, just as the first two generations did – but the longer charging time makes us even more aware of the desire to get the best battery performance on the iPad.
There are a number of good battery-saving tips for the iPad and iOS devices in general. Here are the two that I have generally found to be the most effective:
— Brightness: Turn Off Auto-Brightness. Just turning Auto-Brightness off (under Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper) and setting the brightness to a comfortable level that’s around the midway point on the brightness slider (or a little lower if possible) will give a very nice boost to your iPad battery life.
— Services Toggling: Keep most services you’re not actively using toggled off. This means if you are most often in areas where you have free WiFi networks accessible, then make sure you keep Cellular Data toggled off except when needed (if you have a WiFi + 3G / 4G model). Keep Bluetooth turned off unless you are actively using it for sharing with another device or similar. Location Services can be turned off also, but this will mean you will not be able to use Find My iPad if the iPad is lost or stolen – so this one requires more consideration.
What are your thoughts on getting the most out of your iPad’s battery life? Which methods have worked best for you?