If you’ve been charging your iPad overnight, you might’ve wondered to yourself – Can I harm my battery by keeping my device constantly on charge? Can I overcharge my iPad?
No, your iPad cannot be overcharged as protection is built-in to the device to ensure that it never happens. Your device immediately stops charging as soon as it hits 100%.
In this article, we will discuss precisely how Apple prevents overcharging on an iPad and iPhone and whether they ever stop charging or not.
Is It Safe To Charge an iPad Overnight?
You cannot overcharge your iPad due to built-in protections hardware front ensure that never ends up happening. In fact, the reason why these misconceptions came up in the first place is due to them being true from Nickel based batteries. So it’s safe to keep your iPad charging overnight.
With modern Lithium batteries, though, these misconceptions can actually turn out to be more harmful than useful. For instance, you should not be draining your Lithium-based battery often. In most cases, you should start charging it before it hits 20%. It’s better to keep your iPad charging all the time then letting it drain to 0%.
Understanding Your Battery
Your battery health will quickly degrade when your battery has to push itself extra hard in order to supply all the required current to your device. In essence, Lithium-based batteries that are present on all modern electronics, including iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and the Apple Watch, cannot be overcharged and should not be drained frequently.
Your iPad detects when it has sufficient charge and automatically stops receiving more power so that your battery is not overcharged. In the same way, your battery does not actually hit 0% when your device dies.
Is It Okay To Keep Your iPad Plugged In All The Time?
As mentioned earlier, even if you plug in your iPad overnight, there is no chance of overcharging. Charging will immediately stop as soon as your phone hits 100%. This begs the question, though, how does your device remain at 100% if charging stops at a particular point?
Well, simple – instead of charging in one go, your phone enters small trickle cycles wherein the battery is depleted to a certain point since it isn’t charging. After that point, your phone picks pack up and begins to charge. This cycle can be repeated multiple times and not harm your battery. It was actually invented so that batteries could last longer and wouldn’t overheat.
So, in essence, you can keep your iPad constantly on charge for multiple days on end with no harm brought to your device.
Thankfully, devices have gotten smart enough to ensure we don’t end up frying our devices.
iPads are often used in POS applications where they’re plugged in for extremely long periods of time. In fact, in some places, they’re never taken off charging! Even in these instances, they perform just fine, and there is no harm done to the battery whatsoever.
Things To Know When Charging iPad
While there isn’t a certain ruleset that you need to adhere to, I’ve found these to be the most effective when it comes to charging our iPads and ensuring they remain in good battery health.
- Charge Your iPad Overnight: Since you can’t overcharge your device overnight, with optimized battery charging, you will end up with a freshly charged iPad every morning that’ll also be backed up to iCloud.
- Do Not Let Your Battery Die: While exceptions happen, do not let your iPad go below 20%. You should put your iPad on charge around 20% to avoid hits to your battery health.
- Avoid Charging in Extreme Temperatures: Extreme weather conditions can already be detrimental to your battery’s health, and charging your device in such environments would only exacerbate the potential damage.
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.