650 posts since 27 Oct, 2011, from Pacific Northwest
Cool! Thanks. I think that will be very helpful to customers. One of the biggest questions/concerns I read from people when a new adapter/device comes out is if it will recharge the iPad. I know, for my use, I get PLENTY of hours with non-chargeable devices hooked to the iPad. I have iRig MIDI and have never even used the recharge cord. Well, maybe once, just to see that it worked. I do realize iRig Keys has an external option to power it, but many people want complete portability, ease of use, and play anywhere without requiring any external power. One of these days I'd like to head out to the river and create music there, but I'm just too embarrassed to do that (I don't want people staring at me).
Keebo, yeah, 5 or 6 hours seems short. Though it really depends on all you have open. With my iPad 1, where background audio is almost useless, I pretty much just stick to one app at a time. If you are running multiple apps in background audio, then I can see this eating up some serious battery.
I've also noticed the brightness can make a huge difference. I see a significant drain on the battery if the brightness is too high. I tend to keep mine around 25%, or lower if I'm in the dark.
I may be upgrading to the latest iPad pretty soon, so I'll see what kind of battery life I get with it. Especially since I do plan on using background audio to control multiple synth apps. It's one reason I want to upgrade, because my music apps get clipping and can't process data fast enough. I can't even layer two sounds in SampleTank without clipping which is a big bummer as I like to layer the Piano with the XPander Lush Pad, but I can't ever use it live with the iPad 1 (though it's fine for practicing).