Best way to condition the battery when new?

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  1. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    So do I need to do anything special? I know that I've always been told you should run down the battery and fully charge it for the first few times, is that still true?
     
  2. kenrobin macrumors regular

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    That's what I'm doing, but I don't know if its really necessary.
     
  3. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

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    I used mine off and on yesterday, and charged it to full last night. I'll run it down all the way throughout the day today.
     
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    Nothing to do when new, but let it run down to zero at least once a month for long term battery health.
     
  6. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    I think a lot of that are myths and legends.

     
  7. Steve686 macrumors 68020

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    The newer batteries like to be frequently juiced and used. They don't need long discharge cycles. Plug your phone in as often as you can and use it. a lot!
     
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  9. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    As just about everyone else has posted, just use it and charge it when you can. No special needs with respect to the battery.

    Well - back say 10 years, when NiCad batteries were the big thing, there were a lot of important things you needed to do as far as conditioning went. If you weren't careful, you could run into something called "memory" which would take your (say) 1 hour battery and make it into a 15 minute battery.

    People that had electronic stuff back then did have to pay attention to battery charge/discharge cycles. That's where a lot of these stories come from.

    Again, none of this applies to any half-way modern consumer electronics.
     
  10. frunkis54 macrumors 65816

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    Just use your phone and don't worry about the battery. Charge it when it needs it or you are gonna be away from a charging cable for awhile.
     
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  12. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    Right but iPhone doesn't use NiCad. I know where the story's came from and why I think a lot of is a myth in regards to Li-Ion.

     
  13. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Just pointing out for the younger set here that there are historical reasons for people having interest in how to keep their batteries working well.

    To recap for all:

    * Li-Ion - modern, no need to baby. This is the type of battery in consumer electronics today, including all of the iPhones/iPads etc.

    * NiCad - old, outdated battery tech. Used only rarely these days. Does have memory effect and requires conditioning and smart usage by people.
     
  14. tigress666 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's just hard to break old habits ;). I just remember it was a must thing when getting a new device that you conditioned it the first few times.

    I'm slowly pulling myself into modern battery attitudes ;) (I'm a bit OCD on battery stuff so it's hard to convince myself I don't have to do that with a new battery but I'm slowly going, well I can't find anything that actually tells you to do that. If it was so important, you'd find some battery guide suggesting you do).

    Hey, at least I got over the mentality that you shouldn't charge your battery until you've mostly used it ;) (I think another relic from Ni-Cad).
     
  15. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    I know I do the same thing sometimes. :p

     

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