Best Way to Condition a New Phones Battery

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  1. dvdchance macrumors regular

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    Just wondering if their is any consensus as to how best to condition the battery of a new phone?

    Let it run totally down and then give a full charge? Keep it always at or near full?

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Plug it in until it reads 100%.

    Use the phone normally. Recharge it when you go to sleep or when it gets down to 3%. Recharge it back to 100% if possible, but not necessary.

    Rinse and repeat.
     
  3. jetlagged macrumors 6502

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    it doesn't really matter. some say to let it run down and charge it 100%. but in reality, it won't make any noticeable difference. just charge it however you like it.
     
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    You've opened up yet another huge debate on this. :)

    Really, all you need to know about caring for your phone's battery is here:

    https://www.apple.com/batteries/maximizing-performance

    In short, use your phone as you normally would. Fully charging and discharing isn't necessary. Though, keeping your phone plugged in 24/7 isn't good. The other major thing to avoid is getting your phone too hot. Excess heat will reduce battery life.

    What I do is plug my phone in at night, and then unplug when I wake up in the morning and use it during the day. Been doing that since the original iphone and never had battery issues.
     
  5. edlex macrumors 68000

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    Lithium battery life is prolonged when kept charged between 50-100%. Conditioning is irrelevant since lithium has no memory. The only things to stay away from is frequent discharging to 0% or overheating the battery by heavy usage while plugged in charging. Batteries will inevitably degrade over time and since it isn't really user replaceable that's the main reason I got Applecare+.
     
  6. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    As edlex said, you do not want to regularly let a lithium battery discharge too much too often if you want it to have a long life.

    Ni-Cad batteries needed conditioning, but what you did to lengthen their life will shorten it for Lithium.

    I charge my battery at 40% whenever possible. If you are going to store your device for any length of time, have more than 40% charge, but not 100%. I cannot remember the exact reason, but it was something about electron mobility.
     
  7. Smoothie macrumors 6502

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    Don't worry about it. I just replaced a three-year-old iPhone 4S with the iPhone 6. The battery on the 4S was still performing like it was new. (It probably lost a little capacity, but I didn't notice it.)
     
  8. cynics macrumors G4

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    It really won't make a difference. There are technically right and wrong things to do to a battery but in the end the difference is minor enough where the hassle it causes isn't with it.
     
  9. dvdchance thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all the quick replies.

    The reason I asked is the iPhone 4 that I just replaced had gotten very bad on its battery, requiring me to charge it at least once midday to make it thru.

    I was just looking for some best practices that I could follow for my new phone.
     
  10. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    How old was your 4? Because after a couple of years batteries will degrade. I mean, they are not going to keep the same performance indefinitely.
     
  11. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    No, it's not necessary to let it run down. It already comes conditioned out of the box. Just use it normally and enjoy.
     

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