How to charge your Apple Pencil and see how much battery life it has left
Eye on Apple
By Jim Lynch, CIO
Apple’s new iPad Pro brings with it a new way of working on the iPad: the Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil is designed to provide much greater precision when working on the iPad Pro. It’s whole new way of working with your iPad that will bring out the creative side of you in new ways.
But how long does the Apple Pencil last in terms of battery life? Apple is promising roughly twelve hours on the product page for the Apple Pencil. And that’s not too bad at all since most people won’t be using it for more than twelve hours per day anyway.
In this tip I’ll show you how you can charge the battery on your Apple Pencil, and I’ll show you how you can see how much battery life you have left.
How to charge the Apple Pencil’s battery
Charging the Apple Pencil’s battery is very easy, just follow these simple steps:
1. Remove the cap from your Apple Pencil.
2. Plug the Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on the iPad Pro.
And that’s it, that’s all you need to do to charge the Apple Pencil.
But here’s one thing that you might not know about the Apple Pencil. If you run out of battery life totally, you can charge it for 15 seconds and get approximately another half hour of use. A half hour’s worth of power in 15 seconds? Not bad at all!
You can also charge the Apple Pencil with a USB Port
You can plug the Apple Pencil into a USB port if you have the Apple Pencil Charging Adapter and a Lightning to USB cable. So it might be worth getting the adapter if you want an extra way to charge your Apple Pencil without having to plug it into your iPad Pro.
How to check the remaining battery life of the Apple Pencil
Checking the remaining battery life of the Apple Pencil is also fast and easy.
1. Tap the top of your iPad Pro’s screen to pull down Notifications.
2. Go to the Today view in Notifications.
3. You’ll see the remaining battery life of your Apple Pencil.
Learn more about the Apple Pencil
If you aren’t familiar with all the new features of the Apple Pencil, you should look at its page on Apple’s site. Here’s a sample of some of what you’ll find there about the Apple Pencil:
You may never have seen Apple Pencil before, but you already know how to use it. From the first moment, it does what you expect. And then far more. Whether you’re sketching in the park, painting a watercolor portrait, or drafting a blueprint, Apple Pencil gives you a variety of tools in a single instrument. You hold it, but it doesn’t hold you back.
The lightning-fast responsiveness of Apple Pencil separates it from other creative tools. That’s because its latency — the tiny delay between when you begin drawing and the time it appears on the screen — has been reduced to an almost imperceptible level.
Within its slender case are intricate and accurate pressure sensors, capable of measuring a range of forces. The carefully positioned sensor determines precisely how hard the tip of Apple Pencil is being pressed down. Press harder to draw thicker lines. Or use a gentle touch for wispy hairlines. The variety of creative effects is virtually limitless. Which means you are as well.
Two tilt sensors built within the tip of Apple Pencil calculate the exact orientation and angle of your hand. As you naturally write or draw, the relative positions of each of these sensors can be detected by the Multi-Touch display. So you can create shading effects simply by tilting Apple Pencil the way you would a charcoal or conventional pencil.