iPod battery life question

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Jackal05, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. Jackal05 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2004
    I just recently (does 6 hours ago count?) bought a 4th generation 20GB iPod. I must say I am very satisfied with it and like it a lot. This is one of those purchases that I think was worth every cent. And the packaging had an exceptional quality that I have never seen in my life before! And yes, this is the first Apple hardware I have bought, thus I have a copy of Mac OS X Panther (I run it using PearPC). Ok, enough with my life's biography already. :p

    So my question is about battery life. Lithium batteries need to have activity. So is it ok if I leave my iPod connected to a powersource (ie, my PC or via its adaptor) 24/7? Of course I will take it out but was wondering is it ok if it's connected to a power source whenever I'm at home?
    Will that effect the battery's performance at all?
  2. comictimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2004
    Berkeley, California
    It might, but you won't notice for a couple of years, at least, and probably not enough to make much of a difference anyways. I mean, the battery is already draining slowly, since all rechargables do, so there's a possibility it will start losing it's charge slightly sooner, but I'm sure it won't be anything drastic...
  3. Jackal05 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2004
    So I should leave it connected?
    And when it's fully charged will it automatically stop the incoming power?
  4. Vector macrumors 6502a


    Feb 13, 2002
    If a lithium ion battery is left plugged in, then it will charge to around 100% and then stop. If the battery dips below 95% it will charge itself back up to 100% again. This way it keeps the battery from constantly recharging itself to 100%. So no you don't really need to worry about it.

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