iPad charges fully an hour after the battery indicator shows 100%

iPad charges fully an hour after the battery indicator shows 100%
One of the greatest things Apple achieved with the new iPad is maintaining the same battery life despite having the drain from 4G LTE networks. The company managed to squeeze a huge battery in the thin third-generation iPad, but with the bigger capacity comes the need to charge the juicer longer.

Interestingly, Dr. Reymond Soneira, creator of DisplayMate, a portal for calibration and evaluation of displays, claims that the new iPad doesn’t stop charging when the battery indicator hits 100%. That means that in order to get full charge, you’d need to leave your tablet plugged in the charger for around an hour after the battery indicator shows 100%.

"I measured the power actually drawn by the AC Adapter and found that the new iPad continues to charge for up to 1 hour after it claims to reach 100 percent," Soneira said for Ars Technica. "This affects the battery run time if you stop charging when it says 100 percent. Other tablets and smartphones also lie about their charging status, so if getting maximum battery run time is crucial, people need to keep their devices recharging for longer than the screen claims."

Apple claims the third iPad gets 10 hours of use out of its batteries and most reports agree with that figure. Of course, battery life depends on your usage patterns. Having the brightness lower should be the number one step for you to get the maximum juice and watching videos locally instead of over 3G/4G networks would also help.

Apple also recommends you charge your iPad from zero to 100% at least once a month to keep the battery in good condition. And of course, keeping it plugged in for one more hour after the indicator shows 100% is a good idea.

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  • Display 9.7 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5X, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 11560 mAh
  • OS iOS 9.x



32. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Just my 2 cents, it also applies to the Samsung Galaxy Note i717.

27. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Hey! I actually noticed that with my International Galaxy Note. If I unplug it immediately after it says it's at 100% it drops to 99% instantly, but if I leave it plugged, let's say over night, it stays at 100% for quite some time after.

21. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

A lot of jealous trolls

15. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

That's why I charge my battery for my Photon at night. I power down the phone and just leave it on the charger. I don't really have any weird battery issues but I am deff looking into getting a bigger battery .

12. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

This applies to my SGS2 as well. My battery lasts longer when I keep it plugged an hour more after it says full.

14. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

thats only YOU facing this prob bro :)

17. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

No, my Sensation 4G also lasts longer when I keep it charging for an extra hour after 100%.

25. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Oh no! If its Android it must be perfect!

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Mo apple mo problems!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31812; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This android jealousy must cease. We apple people owners of the world best selling,best performing,longest lasting,best reselling,and most beautiful devices simply will not stand for it.

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I really hope this is sarcasm

10. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Apple will politely advice dr reymond to wear a pair of long sight glasses instead of miswearing his short sight lenses. They will politely tell him it was showing 10% instead of 100. And then they will also politely suggest dr reymond to turn off the screen while watching movie in order to get the maximum juice.

8. erwiin.blf90

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

I thought this thing is not a new thing. I believe this also applies for all the iDevices. I can feel how quick it is from 100% to 99% right after I unplug my device when it shows the 100%, and it's on both my iPhone and my iPad. My friends also feel the same thing though. So it's a good idea to leave about 30 minutes after it's 100% charged

9. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I agree, my iPod's have never shown correct battery power left, especially when it reaches >20%, then I turn off the screen for 3 minutes and its at 50%. On the other hand, my 3vo has always had correct battery left.

30. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, on my iPod when it goes below 20%, the battery always jumps around. It doesn't even have to be off for it to jump. One second it will be at 18%, I'll watch a video, and then it'll be at 46%.

6. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

So basically the battery meter is not configured for the larger battery within iOS?

7. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011


19. yt6nin

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

there's an article on phonearena, if I recall correctly, which the author claims Apple to also be "fragmented" with their many iOS devices and iOS versions. =)

24. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Meanwhile all my iOS devices even the 2 year old iPad got the latest OS upgrade on the day of release, while fandroids whine about not getting ICS after 4 months. Android - Wonderfully Open - to viruses, malware and Google to spy on you. lol

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yes, but you didn't get a full version of the new OS. Still, only the iPhone 4S has Siri. Or, at least the ability to use it fully without a jailbreak. The new iPad only has a limited version I believe, the first and second iPad don't have it at all, neither does the iPhone 4 or 3GS, or the iPod touch 4G. You can brag that you got a new update, but you will never get the FULL update.

34. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Did all of i iDevices geta ll the feautures on latest iOS 5 then? iOS 5 have limit features on ihpone 3GS, no Siri on iphone 4 and dont talk about other olds iDevices. Just u can get iOS 5 update, doesnt mean ithey will also get all the new features. On android, if a new android version release to the phones, doesnt matter how old it is and all features are included. Not same as iOS devices.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh no. Apple is going to say, "you are not charging the new iPad correctly." lol You really have to love Apple & the way they SPIN obvious defects. So let’s list their so called problems with the new iPad: 1. The new iPad overheats 2. The new iPad wont charge if you are using the tablet at the same time 3. Now when the tablet says it's charged 100% it really isn't, you need an hour more 4. I will leave BLANK because at this rate something else will come up. So there goes the theory that Apple releases well tested & so called perfect machines. Nothing is perfect or magical!

4. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

you forgot the way it breaks when you drop it from waist height.

22. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Yeah, I wouldn't buy anything that breaks if its dropped. I'll bet my DSLR would break if I dropped it. Oh No it must be defective - don't buy any DSLRs!

28. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

hahahah seriously!

5. SleepingOz unregistered

I just love this new ipad!

18. yt6nin

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

-Some magnetic covers don't work on new iPad (article headline on phonearena) -Wi-Fi signal strength an issue for users of the new Apple iPad (article headline) -the iPhone and the iPad suck at repairability (from the article "Is repairability a swing factor for you when you shop for gadgets?" on phonearena) -Experiment shows people have hard time telling Apple iPad 2 from the new Apple iPad (article headline) I have more fun reading articles about Apple's failures more so than what they have to offer. It's just so amusing, entertaining, and interesting! =P

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That is why I left #4 blank. I still was 3 short though! lol I need to add #5, #6, & #7. Man that's so funny! I knew there was more but I didn't remember off the top of my head. Thanks so much yt6nin! You are the man! +1 for you!

23. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Meanwhile Apple fans enoy their awesome iPad while fandroids whine and look for fake headlines.

26. stealthd unregistered

An android troll on phonearena? NO WAY.

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