I’ve been traveling quite a lot lately and, as a result, have come to rely on my iPad even more than usual. One of the iPad’s most attractive features is its extended battery life. Although the battery on the iPad outlasts the batter on my laptop by leaps and bounds, a full day of airports, airplanes, and taxis can leave you very close to a zero-power moment. There are some things to do to make sure you maximize your iPad’s battery. So, Road Warriors, here are a few tips:
1. Drain the Battery. Apple recommends that you use drain the battery monthly. Although this may seem counter-intuitive, it actually helps the iPad “understand” where its true “empty” actually is. Make sure you first charge the battery to 100% and then keep it on until it shuts off after all of the battery has been used.
2. Turn Off Auto-Brightness. Turning off Auto-Brightness and dimming the brightness of the screen is an easy way to extend the life of your iPad’s battery. Go to Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper, and drag the slider to the left.
3. Close Applications That Aren’t In Use. Applications will continue to run unless they’re turned off from the home screen. When trying to conserve battery life, keep an eye on the apps that are running and close them when they’re no longer being used. To do this, just double-click on the Hone button. The applications that are in use will pop up on the bottom dock. Press and hold any of the app icons and they’ll all start to jiggle. Press the minus sign next to any app to close it.
4. Turn Off Push Notifications. Some apps use Apple’s Push Notification Service to send alerts for various reasons. The battery is used each time a push notification is received, so turning off this service enables you to conserve some of your battery’s energy. Go to Settings > Notifications, and set Notifications to Off.
5. Get Less Mail. If you use an email service that “pushes” new emails to your account, such as Microsoft Exchange, you can change the settings so that mail is sent less frequently. And, really, who doesn’t want less email? Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data, and slide the bar to Off.
6. Use Airplane Mode. This one takes very little explanation. When you’re on a plane (assuming it’s a plane that does not have wi-fi), switch this setting to Off, by going to Settings > Airplane Mode.
7. Turn Off Wi-Fi. Wi-fi enabled iPads have a setting to turn the wi-fi feature on and off. When it’s turned on, it will search for a wi-fi connection constantly, which, of course, uses battery. If you don’t need wi-fi or you’re in an area where you know there isn’t a wi-fi connection, save your iPad’s energy by turning off this feature. In Settings, under Wi-Fi, just slide the bar from “On” to “Off.”
8. Buy A Battery Extender. If these tips aren’t enough and you find that you need an even longer battery life, you may want to invest in an external battery for your iPad. There are several on the market in a variety of price ranges. Although you can get one for as little as $30, this is one time when it’s best to take the splurge on a higher-level product. I have one made by New Trent and find that it was well worth the $70, as it extends the life of my iPad for more hours than I can possibly use.