My Real World iPad Battery Test

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Reviews

A few days ago I sent out a tweet stating I was having trouble outlasting my new iPad’s battery. It was about 2:40 AM and I had been using the device heavily since about 10:30 AM the day before. What I hadn’t done is keep track of exactly how much time the iPad was powered on and actually in use. Many of you tweeted to ask me to post exactly how much powered up usage time I got with my new Wi-Fi wonder slate. Well here it is:


10:04:20.5. I would say that is meeting Apple’s stated tech specs. I did have Wi-Fi on the whole time and I did a variety of tasks from reading books and watching video to surfing the web and reading RSS feeds. As a bonus I also wrote this blog post using the WordPress app for iPad. Typing on the on-screen keyboard is amazingly good (if not a little messy). So, in addition to the amazing battery life I’m finding that the iPad is also a very capable alternative to my Macbook Pro when I want a more agile and lighter weight alternative.

And oh, in case your wondering about charging time. Using the included 10W USB Power Adapter I was able to go from 0 to 100% charge in approximately 4 hours.

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  1. Dean | Apr 06 2010 - 10:50


    Thanks very much for this entry. While I’m appreciative of the battery stamina verification, the report on the keyboard is great, too. I am holding-out (suffering) for the 3g radio, but I’m 100% sold. I am definitely expecting to type on the iPad at meetings (I am an administrator at a college) and am very interested in cloud resources.

    Looking forward to the next Maccast!


  2. JoeManich | Apr 06 2010 - 10:03

    Good report Adam. I visited the Apple store last night, and the device is sweet. It took all the will power to walk away without buying one. I still can decide if I should wait until 3G is available. I thought that is what you were going to do. I missed when you change your mind.


  3. macboer | Apr 06 2010 - 11:44

    This is one of the best pieces of info on the iPad yet!

    (Do anyone know if 2+ iPad can work together for an even bigger experience?!)

  4. Ken | Apr 06 2010 - 11:08

    Adam, just wondering what changed your mind and convinced you to buy an iPad. The last thing I heard on the maccastc you were holding off for the 3g model. Why the switch.?

  5. Phyllis Singler | Apr 06 2010 - 12:55

    Thanks for the test results. On another note: do you have any info re the Apple case and it fitting in the dock without having to remove it? I called and spoke with Apple several times and a store manager and cannot get a definitive answer. It does not seem to fit with the case on and seems ludicrous to take the case on and off. Any hints or insight?
    Btw I can also type on the iPad’s keyboard.

  6. Dave | Apr 06 2010 - 07:55

    Nevermind the iPad. After 10 hours you still have 70% charge on your iPhone?
    Now THAT’s impressive.

    couldn’t resist. But knowing how quickly the iPhone actually drains while under normal usage (wifi, audio, video, etc), getting 10+ hours on the iPad is quite the news.

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