New iPad 3 Battery Problem Can Be Fixed With These Tips and Tricks

27 March 2012, 1:14 pm EDT

Your iPad should be powering along fine for 9 hours, before it needs to recharge. But a few simple adjustments, can help you get the most out of your battery.

Here are a few simple tips and tricks that can help you do just that.

Adjust brightness

Although the iPad automatically adjusts its screen brightness, based on ambient lighting conditions, lowering the brightness manually in low light conditions will help save battery life.

Manage the use of downloaded applications

Some applications, like games, prevent your screen from dimming or shutting off. Other culprits can be location-based applications. A little less action on these apps will help.

Turn off Wi-Fi

If you're not using WiFi, then switch it off. If you have an iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G and use it to surf the Web, you'll do your battery a favor if you use the Wi-Fi instead of cellular data networks.

Use Airplane Mode (Wi-Fi + 3G model) in low- or no-coverage areas

Your Airplane Mode is just as handy when you're on the ground as up in the air. This is because your iPad will always try and stay connected with its Wi-Fi network or 3G data network. Your hungry battery will use up more power in low- or no-coverage areas, so in these instances, switch to Airplane Mode.

Turn Off Push Notifications

While push notifications can be handy, they also require power. A good example, would be instant messaging.  If they're not essential, turning off push notifications will be kinder to your battery.

Fetch new data less frequently

Your Mail is a good example of a fetch data application. The more frequently you fetch email or other data, the quicker your battery will drain. If you can bear it, switch to hourly data fetching. To do this, simply go to Settings, then go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then go to Fetch New Data and tap Hourly.

Turn off push mail

If you have a push mail account such as Yahoo! or Microsoft Exchange, turn off push when you don't need it.

Auto-check fewer email accounts

You can conserve power by checking fewer email accounts. This can be achieved by turning off an email account or by deleting it.

Lock Your iPad

Always remember to auto-lock your iPad when you are not using it. It's simple, but effective in making the battery last longer.

Use Your iPad Regularly

Aim to go through at least one charge cycle per month (charging the battery to 100% and then completely running it down).

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