The iPhone received a native Battery Health tool, but it doesn’t generate as much useful information. It still gives you a rough idea of your iPhone’s battery health condition. But Apple didn’t offer this vital tool for the iPad. And even with the release of iPadOS, it’s difficult to check iPad’s battery health.
That’s why several users employ a third-party desktop tool to check their iPad’s battery health. The longer you own the iPad, the more important it is for you to keep tab on the iPad’s battery health.The Settings app in the iPadOS has a Battery section where you can see the usage patterns of the apps in a graph and digits. However, there’s no ‘Battery Health & Charging’ section like on the iPhone’s battery section.
Thankfully, we found three good tools that could help me determine the condition of the battery on my iPad easily. They work on both macOS and Windows. So you won’t be left in the cold, no matter your preferred desktop platform.
1. Check iPad’s Battery Health With coconutBattery (macOS Only)
The coconutBattery is an extremely tiny applet for the Mac that provides a host of details about your iPad’s battery health. After downloading and installing the program, open coconutBattery and switch to the iOS Device tab. Next, connect your iPad to your Mac. If you’re doing it the first time, you’ll need to tap ‘Trust this Computer’ pop up. After that, you will see all pertinent details in regards to your iPad’s battery health. Besides, it also shows details about your Mac’s battery health too.
Essential details include Full Charge Capacity and Design Capacity. The former details the current charge capacity of your iPad, while the latter displays its original capacity — the greater the discrepancy between the two, the worse off the battery is.
Additionally, you can find a percentage value underneath Design Capacity, which is derived by dividing the Full Charge Capacity by the Design Capacity. As a general rule, you only have to worry about getting a replacement battery — or switching to a new iPad — once this value falls below 80 percent.
Another vital piece of information is the value next to Cycle Count. This reading gives off the total number of charge cycles that your iPad has undergone ever since you first started to charge it. Apple puts the maximum charge cycles for an iPad at a thousand, so at 477 charge cycles, I’m still in the clear.
The other details listed within the app are largely irrelevant, but the reading next to Temperature can come in handy if you have any issues with overheating.
2. Check iPad’s Battery Health With iMazing (macOS and Windows)
If you want Windows-based application that also works on macOS, then iMazing is a fantastic alternative.
iMazing resembles iTunes, where you can back up your iPad and perform a host of other maintenance tasks. It also lets you determine your iPad’s battery health. Thankfully, the free version is more than sufficient for the job at hand.
You’ll need to install iMazing on macOS or Windows. After that, open iMazing, connect your iPad to computer, and click the Battery icon to the lower-right corner of the iMazing app window.
Then, a pop-up window will show up and it’ll includes all the details of your iPad’s battery — Design Max Charge, Effective Max Charge (same as Full Charge Capacity in coconutBattery), Charge Cycles, Temperature, etc.
After that, iMazing will even show the iPad’s battery health status with a ‘Your battery health is good’ notification if there are no immediate concerns with the Effective Max Charge and Charge Cycles readings.
3. Check iPad’s Battery Health With 3uTools (Windows)
If you have just a Windows computer, then 3uTools is another application you can use to check iPad’s battery health. We found iMazing as a better app compared to 3uTools. However, if you plan to use it for things other than knowing iPad’s battery details, then do check it out.
After installing 3uTools, open the application, connect your iPad to your PC, and then click Details next to Battery Life.
You will then see a nifty pop-up box with the relevant details underneath the Battery section — Charge Times, Actual Capacity, Design Capacity, Temperature, etc.
During our tests, 3uTools battery cycle count (which was 477 times) did fall in line with the readings that we got on coconutBattery and iMazing. However, it presented a higher actual charge capacity at 7062mAh (as opposed to 6972mAh and 6740mAh on the other apps).
While these readings are subject to change for each app, 3uTools did go off the mark by quite a bit and is another reason for you to use it only if iMazing fails to work on your PC.
What Can You Do About Your iPad’s Battery Health
Generally, when your Apple iPad’s battery health is about 75 percent, you can continue to use it. However, it won’t deliver the same battery life as earlier. So you’re left with two options.
You can either get the iPad’s battery replaced from an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Center. It’ll cost less if your iPad is still under warranty and you have Apple Care+ plan for your iPad. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay north of $99 to get a replacement battery for iPad after you make a fresh service request for the diagnosis and replacement. Alternatively, you can get it replaced from third-party Apple Authorized repair shops. However, you may or may not get an original lithium ion battery from original manufacturer.
Other obvious option is to trade-in the old iPad and upgrade to a newer model. While you may not get a handsome exchange value, you can get to enjoy a newer and faster iPad at a fraction discount.
Play the iPad’s Battery Health Doctor
Although you can’t check the condition of your iPad’s battery using native means, the applications above should do the trick. They show even more information compared to what you get with the iPhone’s own Battery Health tool. So don’t forget to use them to check the battery health on your iPhone in more detail as well.
Last updated on 28 December, 2022
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