Charge iPad before first use or let it run down?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mangomind, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    What is the best way to charge/use my iPad after I take it out of its box in order for overall optimal battery life? For example: Should I charge my new iPad before I start using it, or should I let it run down completely, or should I let it run down partially and recharge it? Or does the way you first start using the iPad not affect battery longevity?
  2. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    Lithium-ion batteries like those used in the iPads do not have a memory effect, so you don't have to fully discharge it the first time. The iPads are shipping at between 80-94% charge already, so just take it out of the box, play with it for a while, then charge it when you're done.

    About the only recommendation regarding the battery relates to storage of the device. If you are not going to be using it for an extended period of time, the recommendation is to store it with about a 50% charge on the battery.
  3. drenline macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    You aren't actually letting it run down, it runs down by itself whether you like it or not.

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