Is it OK to use my iPod touch 4G while charging?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Defcon One, May 29, 2012.

  1. Defcon One macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    I normally charge my Touch with a wall charger. Was wondering if it's ok to use it while it's charging, or if that could damage it somehow/is a bad idea, and why. Thanks in advance for the help! :)
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    There are no issues using it while it's charging.
  3. FlatlinerG macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Chundles is correct, you shouldn't experience any issues using the iPod while it is charging.

    That being said, if you are going to be doing this, it is normal for it to warm up a little more than usual and may also take a little longer to charge if you'll be using it simultaneously.
  4. DragonJade macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2009
    No problem at all. I do the same with my iPad. It's the same as using the laptop and charging it at the same time.
  5. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    Why would you think that its bad? Its completely safe.
  6. johnmacward macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2011
    From the point of view scary stories about overheating Li-Po batteries it might be an issue - if you have a faulty unit.

    In general it should be no problem at all, however if you notice the iPod get excessively warm then I would stop.

    I would say it's different from charging a laptop battery and using at the same time. Laptops have two separate circuits that the charger utilises. One side gives the laptop power and the other side charges the battery. When you plug in a laptop you're not receiving battery power anymore, it's all from the wall and the battery can rest while it slowly charges. Basically charges are the workhorse here as they're handling quite a bit of current to do all this.

    It's why you can start your laptop from 0% power and why you have to wait for an iPad / iPhone / iPad / Android etc. to charge for a few minutes before power on.

    However on small devices there isn't dual circuits so ALL power is derived from a battery and this is where the small fear is: If a battery is charging while being utilised it is receiving current and giving current leading to a well utilised battery which can warm it up quite a bit.
  7. DragonJade macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2009
    Thanks for correcting me about the laptop battery thing.

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