Can I keep my iPad plugged in all the time?


If you’re like most of us you probably wondered if keeping your iPad plugged into the charger constantly can damage your iPad or even reduce the lifespan of your iPad’s battery.

You can keep your iPad plugged all the time because iPads use lithium-ion batteries, which stop charging once your iPad reaches 100% charge. After your iPad is fully charged, your iPad will power itself through your charger as opposed to your battery. So keeping your iPad plugged in for an extended period of time is completely fine.

Although there are a few things you should know about keeping your charger plugged in at all times, as well as when you would want to unplug your charger.

Does Keeping Your Charger Plugged In All The Time Damage Your Battery?

No, keeping your iPad plugged in for an extended period of time doesn’t damage your Ipad or its battery, once your battery is fully charged it will no longer be charging, and instead, your iPad will be powered from the charger instead of the battery. For this reason, it’s impossible to overcharge your iPad.

But when it comes to prolonging your iPad’s battery life is it bad to keep it plugged in?

No, as we mentioned once your iPad is at 100% its no longer technically charging and will run off the power cable. However, good practice for prolonging battery life is to keep your battery charged from 80 to 30%, while never topping it up all the way to 100%. So even if your laptop is plugged in doesn’t diminish decrease battery life, keeping it at 100% charge does.

Although one of the main causes of battery life to diminishing early is constantly draining your battery all the way below 20% and recharging it back to full. This increases your batteries charge cycle count, batteries have a limited amount of charge cycles until battery performance is expected to decline. keeping your laptop plugged in reduces your Ipads charge cycle count which in turn prolongs battery life.

When Should You Unplug Your Charger

When leaving your iPad plugged in for a long period of time it can occasionally start to overheat. This is when you want to plug out your charger. Overheating can cause damage to your iPad’s internal components as well as cause your battery life to decline early.

Overheating can cause major damage to your iPad & it’s the battery so it’s important to keep your iPad cool at all times. Although leaving your charger plugged in for an extended period of time is not the only cause of overheating.

Overheating can be caused by several other reasons, such as:

  • Streaming a high-quality video for an extended period of time.
  • Using hardware intensive applications such as a digital audio workstation, or video editor.
  • Exposing your iPad to direct sunlight for an extended period of time
  • Overworking your Ipad by having many Apps and browser tabs open at the same time

What Problems Can iPad Overheating Cause?

  • Charging slows down or comes to a complete stop
  • Apps window closing immediately or slowing down
  • Camera flash can stop working
  • Brightness turns extremely low

What to do when iPad starts to overheat?

The main thing you should be aware of is how to reduce the risk of your iPad overheating. Let’s take a look at what you should do once your iPad starts to overheat as well as how you can avoid it from overheating in the first place:

  • Remove the charger when your iPad starts to overheat: As we mentioned above using your iPad while it’s charging can cause your iPad to overheat, if you notice your iPad begin to overheat it’s important that you remove the charger to stop it from overheating.
  • keep your iPad away from sunlight: Exposing your iPad to sunlight can cause it to overheat, so keeping it away from direct sunlight is good practice from keeping your iPad from heating up.
  • close down Apps: Having a lot of Apps open can cause your iPad to overwork and use more resources and power in order to run all the apps simultaneously. Close your down some apps if you notice your iPad from overheating.
  • Turn it off: Sometimes it’s best to give your iPad a break if you notice it begin to overheat.
  • Apple Repair: Overheating can be a sign of internal issues so if you notice your iPad overheating regularly its best to take it to the apple store in order to ensure there is no damage internally.

Related Questions

1. can iPad batteries be replaced?

Yes, if your iPad is under its original warranty Apple will replace your iPad battery for free. however, it can be quite pricey if you’re warranty has expired it can cost around $99 to replace your IPad’s battery.

2. how long should iPad battery last?

There are various factors that can affect how long your battery lasts and can vary from day to day. This depends on the apps you’re using, the number of apps you have open at once as well as if you are using hardware intensive Apps. But according to apple the average duration of IPad’s batteries lasts around 10 hours.

3. Is It Bad It Keep My iPad Exposed To Cold Weather

Yes, Apple recommends that you keep your device between  0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Lower or higher temperatures can cause issues with your device. Exposing your iPad to very cold temperatures outside its recommended range can temporarily shorten battery life and can cause your iPad to turn off unexpectedly.

Final Thoughts

SO there you have it, it’s completely fine to keep your iPad plugged in for an extended period of time however the only issue with this is that it can begin to overheat and this is when you would want to unplug your charger. Overheating can cause damage to your iPad and its internal components, so it’s crucial that you keep your iPad from overheating.

Keeping your charger plugged in can actually prolong your battery life as it reduces the number of charge cycles your iPad battery has. A battery has a limited number of charge cycles until the battery begins to decline. It’s also important to note that your iPad battery is going to decline on its own nature but proper care can definitely prolong your battery life. So there it is, we hope you enjoyed this article, thanks for reading!

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