I use Apple Pencil 2, and I never really thought about how long it lasts or how long it takes to charge until one person asked me this question.

I decided to do a test – drain the whole battery and find out Apple Pencil charging time – how long it takes to charge it back from 0 to 100%. And how long will it take actually to drain it to zero.

Apple Pencil Battery Life – How Long It Lasts?

Apple Pencil 2 has a longer battery life than Apple Pencil 1. The Apple Pencil 2 can last for about 12 hours of continuous use on a full charge, while the Apple Pencil 1 can last for about 11 hours of continuous use on a full charge.

ModelBattery Life
Apple Pencil 2~12 hours of usage
Apple Pencil 1 ~11 hours of usage

Apple Pencil Charging Time – How Long It Takes?

Apple Pencil 2 has a bit more comfortable charging. You don’t need to plug it in anywhere; all you need to do is attach it magnetically to your iPad, and it will start charging. Another great thing about it is that it charges a bit faster than Apple Pencil 1.

GenerationCharging Time
Apple Pencil 2~20-25 minutes
Apple Pencil 1~30 minutes

You don’t need to charge your Apple Pencil completely to use it. Charging your Apple Pencil for a minute will give you significant use time. A minute of charging can give you ~45 minutes of usage. The charging time is incredible.

I wish my iPad would charge this fast. And my iPhone, MacBook, and AirPods too. But you can’t always get what you want.

How Do I Know When My Apple Pencil is Fully Charged?

When you attach your Apple Pencil to your iPad, a pop-up will appear showing you that the Apple Pencil is connected and the percentage of the battery.

  • You can also add a widget that will display all of the devices that are connected to your iPad and their battery levels.

To attach Apple Pencil’s battery widget, do the following steps:

Step 1: Hold your finger on the home screen
Step 2: Press the plus button “+” on the left top corner

how to add apple pencils battery life widget

Step 3: Select Batteries & Add The Widget

apple pencil battery life - how long it takes to charge

Can I Use iPhone To Charge Apple Pencil?

Yes, you can charge your Apple Pencil Gen 1 with your iPhone as long as your iPhone has a Lightning port.

Here’s how to do it: Connect your Apple Pencil to the iPhone using the Lightning connector on the end of the pencil.

Your iPhone will start charging your Apple Pencil automatically. It usually takes about 15 minutes to charge the Apple Pencil to enough capacity for 30 minutes of use.

However, keep in mind that charging your Apple Pencil with your iPhone might use up more of your iPhone’s battery power than usual.

So, it’s better to use a power adapter or computer to charge the Apple Pencil, if possible, to avoid draining the battery of the iPhone. Also, it will take significantly longer to charge the Apple Pencil with an iPhone.

Most Common Reasons Why Apple Pencil Is Not Charging

  1. The Apple Pencil is not properly connected to the iPad.
  2. The iPad’s Lightning port is dirty or damaged: The Lightning port on the iPad is used to charge the Apple Pencil. If the Lightning port is dirty or damaged, the Apple Pencil may not be able to charge properly. (This applies to gen 1 Apple Pencil)
  3. The iPad’s battery is damaged: The iPad’s battery is used to charge the Apple Pencil. If the iPad’s battery is depleted, it may not be able to provide enough power to charge the Apple Pencil.
  4. The Apple Pencil is not compatible with the iPad: The Apple Pencil is only compatible with certain iPad models. If the iPad is not compatible with the Apple Pencil, it will not be able to charge the pencil.
  5. iPad case: Third-party iPad cases not made by Apple may interrupt Apple Pencil from charging.

Is It Okay To Leave Your Apple Pencil Attached When It Is Fully Charged?

You can safely leave your fully charged Apple Pencil attached to your iPad without concerns. Apple’s smart technology ensures that once it’s fully charged, the Apple Pencil stops drawing power from your iPad, preventing overcharging.

Can Apple Pencil Battery Be Replaced?

The battery inside the Apple Pencil(1&2) is sealed and cannot be replaced by users.

If you leave your Pencil unused and uncharged for a long time, the battery can get damaged due to deep discharge. Like all Li-ion batteries, it’s important to keep them charged to some extent.

Even brand-new Apple Pencils, if they’ve been sitting on shelves for a long time, might show signs of battery issues.

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Apple Pencil Compatibility List (Which iPads Work With Which Apple Pencils)

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.