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View Poll Results: How many hours can your iPad do? (multiple choices)
< 5 hours, it get's drained pretty fast 1 2.00%
5 hours to 7 hours, a bit less than expected 4 8.00%
7 hours to 9 hours, a bit below my expectations 6 12.00%
ca. 10 hours, exactly what's in the technical description 10 20.00%
> 10 hours, I'm very positively surprised 20 40.00%
It depends extremely on my usage, whether I'm watching movies, playing games or read 6 12.00%
It gets drained quickly, whatever I do 2 4.00%
In general, I'm okay with the battery duration. It's about what I'd expect on similar units. 5 10.00%
In general, I find it troublesome. I think about backup batteries or other alternatives - I have to do something. 0 0%
In general, I'm absolutely fine. Battery does long enough for commuting and "surviving" any average day. 15 30.00%
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Arrow What battery duration do you experience?

I've got my iPad only 2 days ago. Probably need some more charging cycles to finally tell.
But for now, I have the feeling I'm way below the 10 hours mentioned in the technical description and discussed in most threads.
My iPhone only does about 5 hours as well, so I wouldn't be surprised if iPad were in the same range.
It's a new gadget, so I'm toying around a lot, which of course negatively influences the battery as well.
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Old 05-29-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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My girlfriend's iPad seems to get right around 10 hours, usually a bit more. Mostly used for net surfing, e-mail, news apps, reading in Goodreader etc.

Watched a few videos on it, didn't seem to drop the battery much faster than the above activities.
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
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I have used mine every day for the last month. Some days, I spend all day reading, surfing the web and checking email. Other days, I just use it occationally during the day. I've never had it drop below 50%.
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I voted 7 to 9 but have never actually made an effort to time it. I do turn it off and on a lot. Use email and the web, read, play a few games, fool around with various apps. I charge it about every day when it falls between 20 and 50% so - who knows.

I do know this, my computer is on a lot less - sometimes off for an entire day.
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When I am just reading, I toggle off the wifi. The battery lasts forever this way.
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My 3G iPad absolutely kills my iPhone 3GS in terms of battery life; even though I have push turned off for email/apps on the iPhone (except MobileMe for Find My iPhone), and on for the iPad.

And as dmaul notes, unlike the iPhone, playing videos on the iPad doesn't seem to make a huge difference in battery drainage-and I watch a lot of video thru both the built-in player, Netflix, and AirVideo.
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I'd estimate that in best-case conditions (minimum brightness, no wifi or Bluetooth, simple reading app), I'd get around 12 hours. Worst case (max brightness, Bluetooth headphones, streaming video over wifi, maybe only 5-6.
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> 10 hours and I'm not surprised sonic that was what Apple stated.
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24 iPad owners here already?
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23 I guess since I was commenting based on using my girlfriend's iPad.
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Just about bang on ten hours from the charge it came with, and the same from the first charge I gave it. I let it run down to just beyond the warning dialogue (~18%) and fully charged it and am trying it now with 3G turned off to see if it makes a difference. This is on a general mix of spreadsheet work, browsing, a bit of movie watching etc...

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23 I guess since I was commenting based on using my girlfriend's iPad.
Come on, dmaul...take the plunge..be number 24
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Come on, dmaul...take the plunge..be number 24
Can't, it just doesn't fit my main needs in a tablet. Great media consumption tablet, but I don't really want a tablet just for that, especially at $500+.
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