Earlier this week, I used my new iPad to watch approximately two hours of video. I expected my battery would be at least half drained when I was done, but alarmingly, my battery was still registering at 94 percent.
I immediately figured there was probably something wrong with the iPad’s battery display, and I kept an eye on it over the weekend. As it turns out, there was nothing wrong with it, the iPad just has an incredible battery life in some situations.
There have, of course, been reports that perhaps the iPad’s battery isn’t quite up to par with the previous generation, dropping to 9.5 hours of battery life while web browsing. The iPad 2 had up to 10 hours, but there are always other variables to take into account.
If you have a Verizon iPad, you know that one of the benefits over an AT&T iPad is the ability to use your tablet as a 4G mobile hotspot. When your iPad is used as a hotspot, with the display off, it can last for an impressive 25.3 hours on just one charge, while continuously using data.
The key here is that you’ve got to turn off that gorgeous Retina display in order to get full battery functionality out of your iPad. It’s also important to turn off battery draining extras like notifications and push emails. Even with these limitations, it’s an impressive feat, because LTE is usually such a significant battery drainer.
While I wouldn’t recommend purchasing an iPad to use as a $629+ wireless router (your monthly data costs would be astronomical), it’s great for peace of mind – even on a lower battery charge, your iPad will be able to function for quite some time as a hotspot in a pinch. If nothing else, it’s a good excuse to buy a Verizon iPad over an AT&T version, which does not currently offer the same functionality.