iPad Battery Dying: May have found the culprit(s)


I’ve always been impressed by my iPad’s battery life (~10 hours of use) but a few weeks back had repeated recurrences of it going flat overnight. So flat, in fact, that it refused to wake up until I connected the charger.

My first thought was that some rogue application (or “app” as we young trendies call them) was doing something in the background I wasn’t aware of. A search revealed a list of “top 10 battery killers” (which I would gladly have provided a link to but can no longer find!). #1 was Google Earth. This made some sense to me as I’ve rarely used it but certainly had done the weekend I started having problems.

After that I made a point of closing Google Earth if I used it. Unfortunately my Dead Battery Syndrome persisted.

Back to the Internet, where there’s no shortage of battery-saving tips, most of which I thought I’d already taken care of. As it turned out, there were two settings that had changed and which I believe may have been the cause:

  • Auto-Lock was set to Never instead of every x minutes. That means that if something happened to illuminate the screen, it might never go off again. I’d changed the setting when somebody else borrowed the iPad and I didn’t want to tell them what the lock code was. Once they’d finished I should have set it back.
  • Email was set to Push. My messages aren’t that vital that I have to have them immediately, so I’d always set email to collect on a schedule. I suspect it got set back to Push when I removed & re-added an account.

I reverted those two settings and followed another piece of advice to give the battery a long charge – they suggested up to 48 hours but I stopped at close to 24 hours.

Since that I’ve not had a Dead Battery for almost a week.


Author: mark1408

Over 50 years' experience of being me. Working in the world of IT and writing in the hope of making you think, laugh or at least read more of my stuff.

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