Anyone else addicted to charging / is it really bad?

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  1. GaryNoine macrumors member

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    Not sure if this is a common problem, but my OCD often kicks in when it comes to my iPhone battery. If it drops below 50%, I get very worried and search for an outlet. I feel like I have to keep the battery in the 70-100% mark constantly.
    My question is does anyone else do the same and is it really bad for the battery life to rarely let the phone drop below 50%?
     
  2. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    I was like that with my Samsung S5. I've broken that habit with my 6s, unless I know I'm going to be going off the grid for an extended period. Like, I'm going for a round of golf after work and plan on using my golf app or something. Otherwise, I feel pretty comfortable letting my phone go all day.

    C
     
  3. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    It really makes no difference. Charging from 50-100% counts as half a charge cycle, whilst charging from 0-100% is a full one.
     
  4. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    If your battery life is good enough why worry? My phone lasts day and a half and to be honest it's rare when I'm not near a charger.
     
  5. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    Not an issue with newer batteries. Just let it go down to >5% every 1-2 months but other than that it's better to keep it charged than do let it die every day.
     
  6. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    I'm in the same boat because I'm nervous. My 5S used to die so frequently.

    But the 6S+ is a beast, and I have to control myself not to keep it plugged in all the time LOL
     
  7. MyMacintosh macrumors regular

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    I'd say if you're worrying at 50% and charging, thats pretty bad. I dont usually start worrying until I'm at about 10%.
     
  8. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    I'm in the same boat. If it hits 70% I want to charge it. You never know when you will be stuck somewhere and need the battery power. :)

    OT: Another Stern fan. :cool:
     
  9. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    I don't get worried per se, but once my phone goes below 50% while I'm out, I usually won't check my phone as often as I normally would. I'll keep it in my pocket rather than have it out on the table so I'm not too tempted to check it. Fortunately since I have the Apple Watch, I can respond to texts on there rather than on my phone.
     
  10. Mercenary macrumors 6502a

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    Why does everyone on this forum think they have ocd?

    It's a li-ion battery. You can let it go as low or as high as you like. No harm will come.
     
  11. Ormuz macrumors newbie

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    Coming from Android handsets I'm in the same position... iPhone 6 Plus here. I just can't believe how long the charge last.
     
  12. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I have owned every iPhone and always charge it at night while sleeping. Anything else is a waste of time and will make no difference. The only exception is if you live on your phone all day long having to charge in the middle of the day but for the vast majority your battery should last a full day with battery to spare.

    habits are hard to break but if there is a real will to change . . . .:apple:
     
  13. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think people (speaking for myself, in particular) are concerned about babying our battery to make sure it lasts 3 years or anything. In my case, I'm stuck at a desk all day anyway. But in the evenings, I'm away from a charger more often than not. So letting my phone run down all day without charging COULD increase the chances of being caught short at night. But I always recharged overnight anyway. It was just a question of making sure I got to that point without my phone going dead.

    C
     
  14. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    Another fine instance of calling something OCD when it particularly isn't.
     
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    So you are saying you phone will not last 24 hours? Or do you not know and feel a little scared when you are away from a charger? If you are sitting at your desk all day with your phone on the charger, you will be avoiding cycles. so if you want your phone to last 3 years, that might help.

    I am at my office maybe 20-30% of the day and out in the field visiting customers and dealing with business. My phone comes off the charger at 3:30 and goes back on around 8-9pm and still have around half the battery left on my S+.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Some would consider you to be OCD worrying about who is called OCD.

    All people are different and have different needs and things that worry them.
     
  17. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    I'm saying my S5 would not last a full day, that is correct. My old iPhone 4 wouldn't last a day. And because I knew I would likely be more mobile in the evenings, as well as using more power hungry apps (like a GPS golf app), I'd want to make sure I had a fairly full battery before disconnecting to go home.

    With my 6s, it's mostly a non-issue, although I'm still getting used to it. Right now, I'm 3/4 of the way through my workday, and I've still got 60% of my battery left. It probably also helps that I'm not able to do 18 holes of golf after work, as that was a worst case scenario.

    C
     
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Sounds like you past phones had a worn battery. Glad you 6S is lasting longer. Keeping it plugged in while at work will avoid cycles and a few years down the road you might notice that. I change phones yearly so it does not matter to me. I keep a cable in the SUV for an Armageddon emergency but so far we are good.
     
  19. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    No, it's fine. The battery won't be harmed by what you're doing.

    Why not just grab a portable charger? Then you don't have to worry. You can run the battery down as much as you like, and if it really does power down on you, you can just plug the portable charge in, no outlet needed, and top up.
     
  20. HEK macrumors 68030

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    Are you people living in the jungle somewhere where there are no outlets. I don't see a problem with someone sitting at their desk and they have the opportunity and they simply plug their phone in for 10, 20 minutes or an hour, whatever to charge up. Doesn't harm the phone, you're going to trade in a year or two anyways so what's the big deal. And if you don't do it also no big deal.
     
  21. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    meh...I just charge whenever. I don't worry about it even if it goes to 20%, since it will ask if I want it in low power mode.
     
  22. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    I don't worry about it. Lithium Ion batteries are supposed to be cycled up and down.

    I will moderate my use of data-heavy apps over cellular if my battery goes below 20%, because I want to always have some reserve for voice calls and SMS.
     
  23. leesweet macrumors demi-god

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    This is true. And as was said, there is no way your battery will die in a year. And how many of us keep our phones much over a year? :)
     
  24. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    They do deteriorate for heavy users in the 12-18 month region but nobody should see much of a performance drop in the first 12 months.
     
  25. leesweet macrumors demi-god

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    Right, I guess my point was: even if you flat discharged your phone daily, it would last a year before the battery needed to be replaced. Most Li-ion batteries have over 300 full cycles in them. And most of use never do a full cycle a day.
     

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