iPad mini iPad mini battery setup

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Anfield, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys,

    I received my iPad mini yesterday (2 days late!) and I was wondering how I should have charged it for the first time?

    I think I made a mistake and charged it over night ready for work today. Should I have just let the battery run down to 0% and then charge it to full capacity?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    maflynn

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    #2
    Charge it up fully and enjoy :)

    I'd avoid deep drains as that will shorten the lifespan of the battery
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right, thank you.

    I am letting it run down now and then will charge it fully.

    Last night I charged it out the box from 85% overnight, I hope it hasn't worsened the battery life.

    :(
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    It makes no difference with modern batteries.
     
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    maflynn

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    Why let it run down, I'd avoid draining it just for the sake of draining it. Batteries are measured by cycles adding draining/charging cycles decreases the lifespan.

    You charged it up last night as you should have, but I'm not sure why you want to drain it
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I'm currently at 20% battery life after 5 hours and 18 minutes usage with 12 hours and 28 minutes in standby. I did Facetime for over 2 hours though.

    The only reason I wanted to let it run out and then charge it was due to reading a few articles online stating that was what should be done and not charging it out the box like I did last night.

    Thanks for advice guys.
     
  7. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

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    FWIW Apple recommends users deplete the battery fully once a month to recalibrate the device's battery meter. Except for that, it is best to recharge before 50% drain when possible.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    Why would it be best to recharge before 50% drain? Doesn't that increase the number of charge cycles therefore killing the battery faster? I always thought that the battery had a set number of charge cycles and charging fewer times by plugging it in at, say 10%, resulted in fewer cycles.

    Enlighten this noob please :D
     
  9. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

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    Sure, but who has time to charge at 10%. I'm using 50% at the max to let to go down before charging. If you can do it before that's good too. It's worse on the battery once you drop below 50% for charge, but sometimes it's not possible to charge and ultimately most trade up these devices before the battery really gets bad.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    I drained it when we got ours. Got it at 52% and 2 days later it went off totally flat. Charged to 100% which doesn't take long.
     

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