iPhone 6 chargering.. Better to keep it on charger or off?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by supernet33, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. supernet33 macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2008

    When I am at my desk, is it better to keep it plugging in charging or keep it unplugged and only charge it at night?
  2. supernet33 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2008
  3. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2014
    It doesn't matter.

    I always charge it at night. I'll charge it in the day if I need to too.
  4. ZombiePete macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    It doesn't matter either way, and will neither harm nor be beneficial to your battery to charge it up at your desk or only charge it at night. Charge it as-needed to meet your power needs.
  5. poshrobot macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2014
    Its generally thought to be better for a battery to charge it whenever you get a chance to. The goal is to reduce the number of FULL charge cycles.

    For example charging from 90 to 100% is only 10% of one cycle.
  6. Ry&EmsMom macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2012
    Wow-I didn't know this. Thanks for the information.
  7. anthonybkny macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2011
    From what I've read about lithium ion batteries, it's best to keep the battery between 40 and 80 percent. They don't like to be empty or full. But if you don't plan to keep your phone for more than a few years, than do what you want.
  8. icebergx macrumors regular

    May 27, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I think what the OP is asking is, in the long term, when he's at his desk, is it better to have the phone permanently connected to a charger, or simply let it run off it's battery, once it's fully charged?
  9. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    People get too caught up in battery life when most of us get rid of our phones after 2 years lol
  10. troop231, Sep 29, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2014

    troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    I can tell you that leaving my old MacBook Pro plugged in all the time using it as a desktop effectively killed the battery; it could only hold a charge for 5 minutes.

    On my new MacBook Pro I broke that bad habit by unplugging it once it's topped off.

    If you keep your iPhone docked at your computer all day, I recommend to just unplug the USB end from your computer once it's fully charged that way it won't wreak havoc on the battery life. This way the iPhone is still docked and not charging :)

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