How to charge the iPhone 5 the first time? Should I drain it slow or fast?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bobby Corwen, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Hey guys, quick question for ya...

    Ok so I got another iPhone 5 and I'm about to just open it and then use it straight away without charging.

    I plan to use it until it drains the battery and then I plan to just restart it again when it reaches zero.

    My question is when I'm draining the battery, should I wait for it to go down slowly or should I just drain it as fast as possible keeping the brightness and the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and playing hard-core graphic intensive games on it?

    On one hand I don't want to drain it too fast and have the battery get used to the fact that its just supposed to drain fast, on the other hand I don't want it to think its a long inconsistent drain.

    Heck, I'm not even sure if this darn thing even cares how I charge it or if this stuff makes a difference. But if it means even a few minutes of future battery life saved, then I'm all for it.

    I'm also not sure if its better to let it die at zero or just start recharging at 1%.

    It's a 64 GB if that even makes a difference.
  2. LittleGwen macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2012
    ummm i dont think it matters hows you drain it. Just drain it however then let it recharge to full
  3. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    This may completely be the placebo effect, but I have noticed better battery life when I do a slow drain to calibrate the battery.
  4. walie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2010
    It's a battery, not a puppy

    On the other hand, this is a bobby c. thread, so who knows where this thread will go
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    You don't need to do anything special. Use as usual.
  6. Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    I will try this out.

    Kinda like imprinting.

    If you spend a long time slow trickling it may get used to that.

    For those of you saying just to use it however, keep in mind I am trying to maximize every minute and second just so I can fully enjoy the Apple experience.

    It's kind of a spiritual more than a logical thing. But I would feel comfortable knowing there is some "official" method for doing this procedure.

    Aren't there some ultra-scientific tests that can be done to measure this?

    Phone 1: out of box charge then use.

    Phone 2: out of box use then charge (fast)

    Phone 3: out of box use then charge (slow)

    Then also if its better at 0% recharge or 1% then recharge.

    Then simply test which one lasts seconds or minutes longer over the next few identical discharges.
  7. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    i mean it's just a battery man, no matter how we look at it, it will have usually the same length of time. Unless it is defective. Playing games will always kill the battery faster than just texting and music. So when you play like death dome or something for half an hour don't be surprised when like 30% of the battery is gone.
  8. BigWigs macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2012
  9. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    I've used a lot of electronics and I've never believed in that "imprinting" charge for 16 hours crap. I've always just used the battery.

    Now if you want to get technical, read this site:

    The slower a Lithium Ion/Polymer drains the better. The slower you charge it the better too. The faster the charge the more wear. Heat is also a big issue. Just use the phone...

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