Is it ok to charge iPhone 4 every night?

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  1. hoogen macrumors regular

    hoogen

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    like the title states, is it ok to charge the iphone 4 every night? sinse i have gotten it i have waited untill it has gotten to around 20% (30ish hours) before i charge it. my battery life has been pretty consistant and long lasting, but by the time my phones battery gets low (the second day), its the middle of the day and i am not always around a computer or a wall socket and so on. i just want some input on what yall do and if charging it every night has effected how long your battery holds a charge.

    P.S. if this has already been talked about i apologize, i did a search and didnt come up with anything helpful. thank you
     
  2. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    I have the cord right next to my bed so it is the last thing I do before I turn off the light. (not specific to iPhone 4)
     
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Treat it like a car. Don't wait until you have a couple gallons left to fill it up. Just fill it whenever you feel like it. Gas is a metaphor for gas in this scenario.
     
  4. JulesK macrumors 6502

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    Life is short....

    I believe that the Apple literature says that the battery retains 80% of its capacity after 400 charges, so depending on how long you plan on keeping the phone, charging it every day may decrease the battery's lifespan more quickly than if you charge it only when the battery runs down to a certain percentage. That said, life is short, and the last thing I want to be worrying about is the charge of my phone, so I say just charge it every night. Not sure if Apple still has a battery replacement program for the iPhone (or if it ever did; I thought that they had something for the iPod), but you could always resort to that if your battery dies, or buy Applecare.
     
  5. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    It's ok to charge your iPhone 4 every night. It has no weird effect like it did on the 'old days' :p
     
  6. tjwaggoner macrumors regular

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    Drain 1 time a month

    Apple's support pages say to completely charge and drain the battery at least once a month. Im bad about having mine plugged in a lot. While at work, driving (my car charger has an FM transmitter that I use for music) and on an klipsh speaker dock at home (actually my wife's but I snag it sometimes). Trying to make an effort with the new phone to drain it completely every now and then, even though my old 3g phone still had great battery life and I never made a conscious effort to do anything particular with regards to charging it.
     
  7. boshii macrumors 68040

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    the battery is the last thing you need to worry about with this phone
     
  8. hoogen thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the quick responses guys. i know that batterys have gotten a lot better about this problem, but i guess i am still a little sceptical about it.
     
  9. jp700p macrumors regular

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    Thats 400 deep 100% charges. If you keep charging your battery little by little, that doesn't count towards the 100%.
     
  10. F123D macrumors 68040

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    I usually try and work my battery down to 20% or down to 0 sometimes also but noticed it takes FOREVER as well.. :) but it's not a problem at all to charge every night.
     
  11. boshii macrumors 68040

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    http://www.apple.com/batteries/

    read up.
     
  12. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Actually, it does. The effect is cumulative.

    Run the down the battery completely and then charge it all the way back up: 1 charge cycle.

    Run the battery down to 50%, then charge it fully, then 50% and charge it again: 1 cycle.

    Run the battery down to 80% and charge it back up, 5 times: 1 cycle.

    This is also how other Apple products, like the MacBook line, treats charging (and you can actually retrieve that count from a MacBook/Pro).

    You are still going to want to go through a full deep cycle once a month though.
     
  13. Julien macrumors G3

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    Here you can find the most comprehensive battery info available. Everything you could ever need to know plus much more is there just for the reading.

    Also the answer to the OP question is yes as long as he/she calibrates it every month or two.
     
  14. NikeTalk macrumors 6502a

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  15. karansaraf macrumors regular

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    Li-Ion batteries don't have a "memory effect". They also work best and retain the most of their battery life over time if you always keep them as charged up as possible. This means to not waste the battery down every time. The reason you should discharge and charge completely once a month/every 45 days or so is because the battery display indicator becomes less accurate over time and a complete discharge and charge resets this properly.

    Battery University have a very good article about Li-Ion batteries and how you should treat them for the charge to remain for the longest period of time. The article should be easily found through Google, it's been around for years.
     
  16. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Keep it above 20% and don't charge until it dips below 80%. Improve the accuracy of the percentage by depleting and fully charging once a month.
     
  17. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Never drain it down to 0. It is bad for the battery. There is a reason why the battery warning is at 20%.

    You should do a deep discharge/charge cycle only to calibrate the battery every couple of months.
     
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  19. Julien macrumors G3

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    Oxymoron :D
     
  20. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    I've been charging my first-gen iPhone nearly every night for over three years now, over 1000 days, and it still has a like-new capacity.
     
  21. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    THIS.
     
  22. Littleman macrumors regular

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    Of about 28 minutes. :D
     
  23. dave420 macrumors 65816

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    I wish this were the case for mine. My first-gen iPhone dies in less than two days even when it is not used at all and is in airplane mode.
     
  24. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020

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    Yes

    I have with all my iPhones since the first one.

    No problems.
     

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