I had the same issue, took it to the Apple Store and explained the need for frequent recharges. They agreed it was not normal and replaced it.After about 12 months of daily use, my first generation Apple Pencil reached the point where it needs to be recharged every hour or two. Prior to that I never ran into a battery life problem with it. I've been limping along with it for the past 3 months and am ready to buy another one. Is a year of good use typical?