rechargable any time during cycle?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Tom Foolery, Dec 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

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    i have a new ipod classic 80GB. i was wondering is it bad to charge the ipods battery when it's only half way done or even 70 or 80%. or do i need to wait til the batery is below 10. and if that is the case what should i do when i need to get a file from the ipod

    thanks
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    lithium ion batteries (like in ipods, laptops and cell phones) should be charged frequently at any charge level. they will wear out eventually, but draining them between charges is harder on them (unlike the old ni-cad "watermarking" ones still used in some cordless phones).

    it is a good idea to drain and charge fully once in a while (once a month or less) mainly to calibrate the charge level meter.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    so basically constantly cgarge the battery then calibrate it once in a while
     
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    matticus008

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    No, just use the iPod and don't worry about it. Run the battery down completely once a month or so until it shuts off to keep the calibration current, if you so desire. If you don't, it's not a big deal. Lots of people have spent lots of money improving batteries over the years, and memory effect is not a serious concern. Calibration is only necessary if you feel like battery life has shortened substantially.

    Plug it in when you want to transfer data, plug it in when the battery is lower than you'd like it to be or when you're going to be away from a charger for a while. The time and energy spent trying to tiptoe around unnecessary procedures is greater than any potential loss.
     

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