Keeping Your iPad Clean
Although iPad’s are quite a robust piece of kit they still need the love and attention they deserve. Cleaning your iPad, especially the screen is important. Unless you are constantly wearing gloves, the screen can get contaminated from grease and oil from your hands and may affect the responsiveness of the iPad. Listed below is our simple iPad guide to keeping your iPad looking tip-top.
- Rubbing a dry cloth or lint free paper lightly will get light stains like fingerprints off.
- For heavier soiled iPad’s and a deeper clean, use a slightly damp cloth, lint free paper will just shred.
- Never use household chemicals, apart from not been manufactured to clean iPad’s they can also have a chemical reaction to certain plastics like your iPad case and can attack the special coating on the iPad screen that protects it from hand grease and oil.
- Make sure when using ANYTHING damp to wipe your iPad that it switched off and the cables are unplugged. Try not to wipe around the ports and jack plugs or the ‘power on’ and ‘volume’ buttons. Too much water can work its way in and ruin your iPad.
So be careful when cleaning your iPad, to protect the screen even further look at our accessories section which includes the iPad smart cover.
Best ways to extend your iPad’s battery life
The iPad has a 10-hour battery life from been fully charged, but you can take some steps to extend that battery life even further. You can see how much battery life you have left by looking at the Battery icon in the far-right end of the Status bar at the top of your screen.
Here are a few tips to help that little icon stay full up:
- Use a wall outlet to charge. Though it can vary depending on your computer model, generally when connected to a Mac computer, iPad can slowly charge; however, some PC connections slowly drain the battery.Even so, the most effective way to charge your iPad is to plug it into the wall outlet using the Dock Connector to USB Cable and the 10W USB Power Adapter that came with your iPad.
- Turn the iPad off. The fastest way to charge the iPad is to turn it off while charging it.
- Avoid USB ports on keyboards. Your battery may lose some power if you leave it connected to the USB port on a keyboard or other device. The fastest way to charge your iPad is with the included cord. Using your computer to charge it can take twice as long.
- Limit the screen’s impact on the battery. Turn the screen off when not in use, as the display eats up power. Also, reduce the screen brightness in Settings to save power.
- Turn off Wi-Fi. If you’re not using Wi-Fi, turn it off under Settings. Constantly maintaining a Wi-Fi connection or searching for a signal can use up a bit of power.
Your iPad battery is sealed in the unit, so you can’t replace it as you can with a laptop or cellphone battery. If the battery is out of warranty, you’ll have to fork over the money, possibly more than $100, to get a new one.
iPad batteries will lose capacity over time, and without taking the above precautions the battery might not hold its charge for the amount its suppose to. If your iPad is in warranty you can contact Apple who will replace the full unit for a new one for $99. Visit www.apple.com/support/ipad/service/
battery/ for more information on faulty batteries.