Do iPods drain if they're connected to computer that's off?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Wolfpup, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Until recently I always used a connection that let my iPod (5.5G) be connected to my computer and a charger at the same time. Recently switched to just using a USB connection.

    I've left my iPod hooked up to my computer on several nights-probably for at least a week or more-while the computer is off. I knew obviously it wasn't chargng, but I assumed it wouldn't hurt it either.

    Well, today I unhook my iPod, try to turn it on, and it just flickers for a second and turns off. The battery was near dead. I'm charging it right now, but I'm just curious if that's normal-if it discharges when it's hooked to an unpowered USB port, and if so, why it's never drained it until today.
  2. elcerrito494 macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2006
  3. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    Something else must have happened. The iPod turns itself off (or puts itself to sleep, whichever) after I think two minutes.
  4. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Yeah, but does it actually drain if it's connected to a computer that's off?

    Yeah, and I've had it connected to this system in the past-I turn it off at night, leave it connected, and it's still fine in the morning. Not sure what happened, but I recharged it an AC adapter and it's still acting normally.
  5. chimerical macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2004
    Make sure the alarm is off. That often drains a battery faster.
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Doesn't matter if it's connected to a computer or not. If the iPod isn't used for nearly a week then the battery will drain. That's just how it is.
  7. Tumeg101 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2007
    Orange County, California
    This same thing has happened to me 3 times before, with 5th gen iPod..
    I use to always leave my iPod plugged in, but once I got grounded for about a week, and the whole time my iPod was still connected to my computer, then I unplugged it, and took it to where I was going, turned it on, and the battery was dead...
    *NOTE:* the iPod had never been on since it's last charge (and the charge did fill it up)
  8. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Sorry, I didn't explain it well in my original post-it drained completely overnight. I use it daily, it was fully charged last night when I turned my computer off (1:30amish), and totally dead when I woke up this morning (9am-ish)

    When I've had it connected for a week or however I phrased that, what I meant to say is I've had it fully charged at night, shut my computer off but left the iPod plugged in, and it's been fine in the morning, and I've done that at least for 7 days or so-I'm probably still not phrasing that well!

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