Question about the iPhone 5's battery

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Abba 701, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. Abba 701 macrumors regular

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    Can it be charged an unlimited amount of times? Would it just stop working at some point? Or can I always use it plugged in?
     
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    It's not really good for the long-term lifespan of any rechargeable battery to have it plugged in ALL the time. However, modern batteries/devices are designed to prevent overcharging, which used to be an issue, and would damage batteries a lot more quickly.

    Generally, it's said that a lithium ion battery can undergo around 500 full discharge/recharge cycles before there's a noticeable decrease in battery life.
     
  3. Abba 701 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Basically my question is will the battery ever stop working.
     
  4. nnacrumors macrumors 6502

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    On a long enough timeline, the survival rate of everyone drops to zero.
     
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    Eventually even the sun will stop burning, so...
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Yes. It's capacity to hold a charge will slowly decrease. Over time is will hold a charge less and less until it is unusable. Everything wears out sooner or later.
     
  7. sunking101 macrumors 604

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    Depending how often you use/charge it, the battery will last anything from 12 months to five years. The good thing about the iPhone 4 and 5 is that the battery is very easy to replace. You can buy a new battery on the internet for a reasonable price and fit it yourself. All you need is a special type of screwdriver and a suction pad. Both of these can be bought as a fitting kit along with the battery. I changed the battery on my old iPhone 4 and including the fitting kit it cost me £20 GBP. The job took 10 minutes.
     

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