Battery advice....

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Bse, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Bse macrumors newbie

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    Now being the very proud owner of an iPad 2 for the last 6 weeks, I am finding 99% of the time I have access to mains power. Am I doing the battery any harm by keeping it at 100%. Should I still let it run down completely once a month ??
     
  2. this is funah macrumors 6502

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    apple recommends to drain it once a month or so. "keep those electrons moving" ... but youre not doing anything all that harmful.

    plus, if you have it connected all the time, i guess you really dont need to worry about the health of the battery anyway :p
     
  3. Bse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, I shall carry on using the mains plug ..... :D
     
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  6. Bse thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the link ...... Reading through it, it seems the right thing to do, lots of partial charges with 1 complete discharge a month. The less you charge the battery the longer it should last. :D
     
  7. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    Well, lithium-ion batteries like lots of little charges than a few big ones. It's not how often you charge, but how much you charge each time.
     
  8. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    I ruined my MBP battery by keeping it plugged in and charging for most of its (very short) life. After 6 months it would only hold a charge for about 30 minutes. I finally replaced it after 14 months, and Coconut battery showed it as having 35 charge cycles by that time. Fortunately a nice man at the local Apple store took pity on me.
    Since then all my battery powered stuff gets used 'off-grid' much more, and only recharged when necessary. I would advise not keeping it plugged in.
     
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  10. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

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    Frankly, I suspect the "nice man at the local Apple store took pity on (you)" because he realized you had a faulty battery, not because you harmed it by keeping it plugged in. At six months your battery should have held a charge no matter how you treated it short of keeping your MBP submerged 12 hours a day.
     
  11. filmbuff macrumors 6502a

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    Aren't Apple batteries guaranteed to one year? So if your battery goes bad before that they have to replace it.
     
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  13. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Most people are a little OCD at first but you will calm down later. I just charge mine when it needs it, about once a week.

    No matter what you do it will not make that big of a difference in the end so just enjoy your iPad and relax!;)
     
  14. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Speaking of batteries, I'm a prospective iPad 3 buyer...

    Are the iPad 2 batteries really up to par with what Apple says? Do you get an average of 10 hours?
     
  15. xraytech macrumors 68020

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    Actually frequent charges is better. Simply set it to charge every night befor you go to sleep.
     

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