The iPad and Apple Pencil come hand-in-hand like a spoon and fork. Using the Apple Pencil is convenient for both note-taking and graphic design, while also protecting the iPad screen better than using your fingertips. However, at times we forget to care for our Apple Pencil, making it not last as long as it should. Therefore, let’s take a look at some maintenance tips for the Apple Pencil in order to extend its usage life expectancy so that it lasts longer with our favorite iPad.
6 Ways to Care for the Apple Pencil for Longer Use
- Avoid dropping the Apple Pencil
It is undeniable with any IT device, including the Apple Pencil 1 or Apple Pencil 2, that one should avoid dropping it as every device hides a circuit board, where when impacted can result in damage or breakage. Thus, resulting in a shorter lifespan for the device. As a result, the Apple Pencil should be safely stored in a case after use to protect it from any damage if dropped.
- Consistently charge the Apple Pencil without leaving the battery to run out for extended periods of time
The principle to charge the Apple Pencil is the same as for any other IT device which is to not use it until the battery runs out. This is due to accelerated charge to the battery if the battery is left to drain, resulting in higher temperatures during charge which deteriorates battery health. Charging your Apple Pencil when it reaches a battery percentage of not lower than 20% is the method to preserve battery life. Additionally, the Apple Pencil should not be used while it is being charged as this generates more heat, which is the source to problems of battery deterioration.
- Clean the Apple Pencil regularly
The Apple Pencil 1 and 2 are accessories that are constantly held in our hands which can oftentimes result in sweat stains or residue. The proper way to clean the Apple Pencil is by wiping it down with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth, while avoiding the tip. It is important to avoid letting any moisture or fine dust particles into the small gap between the Apple Pencil body and tip as this could result in a short circuit.
- Use a protective case and care for the pencil tip
The Apple Pencil body is the part that is exposed to our touch at all times, so it is necessary to avoid any scratches as it could result in damages to the sensor. Another way to avoid scratches and maintain the Apple Pencil’s condition is to use a protective case or film on the body. However, avoid using a case that is too thick for ease of use, and avoid covering the tip of the Apple Pencil where the sensor is present.
- Avoid frequently connecting and disconnecting the Apple Pencil with the iPad
Frequently connecting and disconnecting the Apple Pencil with the iPad is another reason that could deteriorate the Apple Pencil’s lifespan. Therefore, frequent reconnections with the iPad should be avoided, as this affects the battery of the Apple Pencil. As for whether the pen should always stay attached to the charging case as concerns of negative effects to battery life could arise, there is no need to worry as the Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2 has a technology that is able to prevent overcharging.
- Avoid storage in areas with warmer temperature
Whether it be the circuit board or battery, heat is the arch enemy to IT equipment. This not only includes internal heat from electric charge in the equipment, but also heat from external environments. As a result, avoid placing your Apple Pencil in areas of high heat.
Following these 6 easy steps will help further extend the lifespan of your Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2. However, if you’d like to care for your equipment even more, purchasing AppleCare+ is an option that provides coverage for incidents of accidental damage to your Apple Pencil, including the cost and service fee for repair and replacement of parts by an Apple-authorized technician. Therefore, ensuring that your Apple device is cared for in the best possible way.