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    Question What percentage of battery should you start charging your iPad 3?
    Hi all,

    I would just like to know when is it the best time to start charging your iPad 3 after use, should I wait maybe till it gets down to 10% before charging it up?

    As I want to make sure my battery stay's healthy.

    Thanks in advance.

    Ed.

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    I've always let my devices get the point where they warn me which I use as an indication to charge. So I let my iPhone get to the 20% warning and charge if I'm home. If I'm out and can't charge it, I use it as need be and charge it when I get the chance..

    On my iPad 2, I charge when I get the 10% charge, but I've sometimes run it further down and then charged it.

    You want to try to draw the battery down to near zero and then allow it to charge up to 100%, that will ensure that the battery is going to be fine..not allowing it to go through it's full discharge/charge cycle will cause the calibration to go off a little bit and also makes the battery lethargic and incapable of holding a charge properly..

    So counter to the notion that leaving it plugged in when not in use, it doesn't make it so that the battery is NOT used at all and better..

    So enjoy your iPad until you get the warning and then charge up..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    I've always let my devices get the point where they warn me which I use as an indication to charge. So I let my iPhone get to the 20% warning and charge if I'm home. If I'm out and can't charge it, I use it as need be and charge it when I get the chance..

    On my iPad 2, I charge when I get the 10% charge, but I've sometimes run it further down and then charged it.

    You want to try to draw the battery down to near zero and then allow it to charge up to 100%, that will ensure that the battery is going to be fine..not allowing it to go through it's full discharge/charge cycle will cause the calibration to go off a little bit and also makes the battery lethargic and incapable of holding a charge properly..

    So counter to the notion that leaving it plugged in when not in use, it doesn't make it so that the battery is NOT used at all and better..

    So enjoy your iPad until you get the warning and then charge up..
    Thanks you for your post, it was very interesting to read. I will follow what you have said, and see how it goes.

    I suppose if I treat it right it will treat me right.


    Thanks again.

    Ed.

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    The third generation iPad has a larger and greater capacity battery than the older iPads, therefore it takes longer to charge. Also, the folks who test these things at MacWorld Magazine and elsewhere all have stated that even when the third generation iPad indicates its charge is at 100%, you should let it remain on the charger for another hour or so.

    I have found that if you have the 4G model and leave LTE on all the time, it will eat your battery power like a starved Lion with 20 LBS of beef steak before him. I charge mine when it gets down to about 40% or so. Letting it get down to around 10% means an overnight charge at the very least.

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    I do agree with Raz0rEdge and do that with my 1st Gen iPad.

    Chscag does have a good point about the iPad 3 though. It takes WAY longer to charge and that can be an issue if it's not charged when you need it.

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