- If you have deep enough pockets to support the reckless use of an iPad, then please skip this article. Otherwise, take note of the following simple prescriptions for a robust and healthy Apple iPad that you can enjoy for a long, long time.
No Extreme Temperatures
Do not use or store your iPad in extreme heat or cold. Apple recommends using your iPad in places where the temperature is between 0º and 35º C, or 32º to 95º F. If you follow this simple guideline, your iPad battery will go through 1,000 full charge-and-discharge cycles before it shows any sign of age or diminished capacity.
You would also significantly delay a battery replacement well into your post-warranty period. Why delay? Because replacing your iPad battery is a bit of a pain. It involves additional money and downtime, regardless of which service option you choose — Apple-approved service centers in your area, Apple-certified mail-order repair shops or Apple itself. As of February 2012, Apple charges a $99 fee, plus $6.95 shipping and any applicable local taxes, to replace an iPad battery and properly dispose of the old one. Of course, you could also replace your iPad battery yourself, but even that’s not entirely free. Unlike many other electronic devices, replacing an iPad battery requires special technical know-how and tools.
So be mindful of the the environments within which you use or store your iPad. Yes, your iPad is a cool device — but to keep it cool, keep it cool. By staying within Apple’s recommended temperature range, you can prevent an early battery demise and postpone the pain of battery replacement, perhaps until a new owner takes over.
While extreme heat affects your iPad and battery performance like a fever, liquids are terminal. As the Apple iPad Product Information Guide puts it, “An iPad that has been damaged as a result of exposure to liquids is not serviceable.” Consequently, liquid or water damage is not covered by any new iPad’s one-year warranty, nor by any optional AppleCare Protection Plan purchased separately.
Indeed, liquid damage is electronic death for your iPad. Though you can resurrect a water-damaged iPad with the help of a repair specialist, it may cost you a pretty penny and with no guarantee of restoring your iDevice to 100 percent performance.
So keep a safe distance between your iDevice and anything wet. Be extra protective and vigilant of your iPad around rain, beverages, swimming pools and other bodies of water. If you use your iPad regularly in an activity that involves lots of liquids — such as reading in a tub, cooking, boating and water sports, training dolphins or even profuse sweating at a gym — invest in a water-resistant or waterproof iPad case, bag or sleeve. Some well-regarded options include the Overboard iPad Waterproof Protective Case, Aquapac iPad 2 Case, DriPro Waterproof Case, Chef Sleeve Protective Covers and CleverWraps Disposable Protective Sleeves.
Finally, never use a liquid detergent, solvent or aerosol spray to wipe your iPad clean. Read Apple’s Support Article HT3226 to learn more about the proper way to clean an iPad.
No Pest Control
If you’re going to try to control bugs with your iPad, stick with the virtual kind. They make “pest control” lots of fun, and the popularity of games such as Bug Heroes, Bug Heroes Quest, Bug Wars, Garden Wars and Bug Wings prove it.
On the other hand, your iPad was never designed to deal with real-world pests — whether insects, rodents or other species. So steer clear of this kind of iPad-controlled pest riddance. It has a nuclear effect that can cause great damage and grief, as the videos below demonstrate, however amusingly.