New iPad: Big Battery, Big Charging Time
Credit for picture: iFixit
When the new iPad was announced by Apple, they showed us a retina display, support for 4G LTE, and Mike Capps from Epic Games stated, "This new device has more memory and higher screen resolution than an Xbox 360 or PS3," which has now been proven to sport 1GB of memory thanks to a Geekbench benchmark
. All of these little things add up to bring us a new necessity – a bigger, better battery. As the picture above shows, the battery in the new iPad is quite large, however it's not too much bigger than the iPad 2 battery.
When the capacity of a battery is increased, it needs more power to fully charge up. The new iPad’s battery has 42 watt-hours, which compares to the iPad 2’s 25 watt-hours – a significant improvement. With that, it’s obvious that it will take much longer to charge up to fill the battery up with the juice it needs to get those impressive battery life standards even on 4G LTE.
The drawback of a longer charging time shouldn’t pose as much of a problem since you can use the device while it’s plugged in. Unfortunately, because it takes so long to charge up, spot charges won’t be very helpful throughout the day as some of us do to try and pump as much juice into the battery as we can before we have to be on our way for the day.
The length of time required to charge up the new iPad varies, but is so drastically long (many hours) compared to the iPad 2 that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to leave it on the charger overnight. This probably won’t be a problem for most people since the iPad has an all-day battery life, which molds well with how we use it and charge it.