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10 Tips to Energize Your iPad Battery

Apple claims a pretty impressive battery life for the iPad – up to 10 hours of use on a full charge. But that doesn’t mean you won’t want to find ways to squeeze even more life out of it, or that you won’t have emergencies where you need to sacrifice some features to use the device a little longer. For those situations, here are ten tips  to keeping your iPad battery strong — and in turn, keeping you happy.

1. Update to the latest software

Always make sure your iPad has the latest software. Apple engineers may find new ways to optimize battery performance — and when they do, the company will release an upgrade on iTunes.

2. Turn Off WiFi

Keeping your WiFi connection enabled drains battery, whether you’re connected to the Internet or not. So, if you’re not connected – and don’t plan to be for a while – you can conserve the iPad’s battery by turning off WiFi. Do this by tapping Settings -> Network -> WiFi -> and moving the slider to “off”.

3. Adjust brightness

Managing the screen brightness is the best way to extend iPad battery life, according to engineers at Apple. Lowering brightness in low light conditions will help extend battery life. Go to Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper and drag the slider to the left to lower the default screen brightness.

4. Turn Off 3G

Only some iPad models have a 3G data connection built in, but those that do run down their batteries when using the always-on Internet connection 3G provides. If you don’t need to connect to the web, or need to conserve battery more than you need to connect, turn off 3G. Do this by tapping the Settings app -> General -> Network and then sliding 3G to “off”.

5. Turn Off Location Services

Another form of wireless communication the iPad employs is location services. This is what powers the GPS functionality of the device. If you don’t need to use that (don’t need to get directions, use a location-aware app like Foursquare, etc.), turn off locations services via Settings -> Location Services and move the slider to “off”.

6. Lock your iPad

You have to lock your iPad when you aren’t using it. To lock iPad, press the Sleep/Wake button. You can also set the Auto-Lock interval so your iPad will turn off more quickly after a period of inactivity. To set Auto-Lock, go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and set the interval to a short time, such as 1 minute.

7. Turn off push notifications

A number of apps use the Apple Push Notification service to alert you of new data. Again, a battery drag. To disable push notifications, go to Settings > Notifications and set Notifications to Off. Note that this does not prevent new data from being received when the application is opened.

8. Turn off push mail

If you have a push mail account such as Yahoo!, MobileMe, or Microsoft Exchange, turn off push when you don’t need it. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and set Push to Off.

9. Optimize your settings

There are a number of iPad settings you can adjust to in order to minimize power consumption and extend battery life. Below are six suggestions (and how to implement them) that can really ramp up performance.

10. Use your iPad regularly

And finally, use the machine often. Just like exercising your muscles, use the battery and it will get stronger. Also, you need to be sure to go through at least one charge cycle per month — charging the battery to 100 percent and then completely running it down.

Now, get to it!