All iPads Partial charging

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Hacks, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Hacks macrumors member

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    I have an iPad mini 2. I often find myself in a situation in which the battery is low but I only have limited time to charge it before having to hit the road again. For example, I may have 20% left and only have half an hour to plug it in, which might bring me to 55%.

    My question is, is that bad for the battery?
     
  2. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Not to the extend that you'll notice it. Give this a read.
     
  3. ron7624 Contributor

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    I've read that it doesn't hurt them.
    I do this when necessary. I buy these devices to use them, so if you have to give it a little juice to finish your day, then do it. I don't make a habit of doing this but most certainly do it when I need to.
     
  4. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can plug or unplug at any time, regardless of the percentage charge. It will not hurt the battery.
     
  6. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

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    Exactly. A lot of myths about battery health persist from the days of inferior battery technology (ie. Ni-Cad batteries). There's not much you can do aside from physical damage or using it in extreme temperatures that will really harm a lithium-ion battery. They don't need to be "conditioned", and they don't exhibit a "memory effect" which caused Ni-cad batteries to essentially "forget" their max capacity of you didn't charge them all the way.
     
  7. Jeff R macrumors 6502

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    Good read! I guess "Lithium-ion does not need to be fully charged; a partial charge is better." Come to think of it, Apple's batteries lasts longer compared to other brands (based on my experience).
     
  8. joeblow7777 macrumors 68040

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    I don't know about that. There's nothing magical about Apple batteries. They're the same lithium-ion cells as everyone else.
     

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