iPads come with high-capacity batteries that last a long time, typically around 4 to 5 years before they require a replacement. However, there are signs of wear and tear, like if your battery is being consumed faster and your iPad takes longer to charge.
These are all indications that your iPad’s battery is becoming worse, and it needs a placement. So please keep reading to know if it’s worth replacing an iPad battery.
Replacing an iPad battery is worth it. It will reset the battery health to 100% and extends your iPad’s longevity by around 3 to 4 years. Replacing an iPhone battery costs $99 out of warranty which is far cheaper than buying a new iPad.
If your iPad’s battery has been acting up lately and you plan to get it replaced, you should go ahead and do it. iPadOS typically supports iPads for 4 to 5 additional years. So if you bought the 2020 iPad, it would be updated until 2025. Although the more powerful the device is, the longer the updates last.
I’ve explained why it’s worth it. If you need more convincing, read on to find out if you should replace your iPad’s battery, what is the best replacement based on your model, and how much the battery replacement would cost.
Should I Replace My iPad Battery?
iPads batteries start to decline after 2 to 3 years. If your iPad has started to have problems after this time, replacing the battery is a good idea. A battery replacement only costs $99 out of warranty, far cheaper than buying a new iPad.
However, before you replace your iPads battery, it’s important to look at its battery health. Many things could cause your iPad performance to decline, excluding your battery.
- Go to Settings > Battery.
- Tap on Battery Health.
- You will see what the ‘Maximum Capacity‘ of your battery is. It’s a measure of your battery capacity relative to when the battery was new.
- Below that indicates the battery’s ‘Peak Performance Capacity.’
100% is the percentage of a new iPad battery. If your battery health is around 60% or lower, replacing it is a good idea.
The decision to replace your iPads battery or buy a new iPad depends on what iPad model you have. If your iPad is an older model, you should trade your iPad in to get a more recent model. Apple has only supported an older iPad for so many years. A trade-in at the Apple Store would reduce the cost of the newer iPad for you.
However, if your iPad is a newer model, you should get its battery replaced rather than replacing your iPad. If you have a warranty on your iPad, go to the iPad’s Repair Support Page and start a service request.
An iPad Pro 2018 isn’t much different from the 2020 iPad Pro. It will be supported by a long team at least until 2023.
Read on to find out how much it would cost to replace your iPad’s battery with or without a warranty.
Whether you replace your battery or buy a new iPad, it’s important to know how to maximize its battery health. For a complete guide on doing so, I suggest you read my article.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace the Battery of an iPad?
An iPad battery replacement is free if your iPad is under its original warranty or if you have AppleCare extended warranty. But if you don’t have an Apple warranty, an iPad battery replacement would cost you $99, plus $6.95 for shipping and taxes.
The best part about having a warranty on your iPad is that Apple replaces the battery for free. No hidden costs whatsoever! But if you don’t have a warranty, you can get your iPad’s battery replaced for a low cost of $99, which is a really good price considering that it would give you 2 to 3 extra years of good battery life.
However, you should know that Apple’s Limited Warranty does not cover batteries that deteriorate from normal use. In this case, you will need to get Apple’s out-of-warranty services which would cost you a repair fee. But AppleCare+ does cover these battery issues for your iPad and Apple Pencil for absolutely no changes.
Battery issues covered under Limited Warranty, AppleCare+, and consumer law are serviced for no additional cost. In addition, Apple tests your iPad’s battery to determine whether it has a power issue or a battery issue.
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Below is a table showing the cost of battery replacements for all warranty types. If Apple needs to ship your iPad back to you, you will have to pay a shipping fee of $6.95.
|In-warranty or with AppleCare+
|All eligible iPad models
|Apple Pencil (all eligible models)
Before you decide, you should always compare the repair cost with the cost of a new iPad. If you have an older iPad model, it may be a better idea to trade in your iPad and use that repair money to buy a new iPad.
You can also get iPad battery replacements at repair shops authorized by Apple. You can spot these shops and kiosks in malls and public spots, and they may charge you less than Apple. However, make sure Apple authorizes them to install original iPad batteries.
Alternatively, if you are a tech geek and like to follow DIYs, you can change your iPad’s battery on your own by using the right tools. It will cost you less than $90 but voids Apple’s warranty. Follow iFixit’s tutorial to replace your iPad battery by yourself.
For more information about how Apple warranties work, I recommend reading my detailed article.