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Old 04-14-2005, 01:47 AM
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Charging Every- night Good or Bad?

i know this sounds like a dumb question, but my freind was tellin me that he herd its bad to charge the ipod every signle day

that after enough recharges it will stop recharging...
anyone know if this is true?

again, sorry if this has been asked before or is dumb...

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To your initial question, no; it's not bad to charge it every night.

But he is sort of right about the second part; the iPod, like every other music player uses a Lithium-Ion battery that after a while (about 300+ charge cycles), will start to not retain a full charge. That means that after that many charges, it will start to hold 90%, then 80% of what it used to and so on.

But don't worry! A charge cycle is defined as the battery being empty, then recharging. You are not using a full charge cycle if you charge it every night and you did not use up all the battery.

Anyhow, the battery can be replaced; so don't worry.



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Old 04-14-2005, 03:15 AM
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i basically charge mine every night too, but it is ok as Ink Noise suggested.



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Old 04-14-2005, 12:27 PM
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i charge mine every night because my battey will not last a whole day



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Old 04-14-2005, 06:39 PM
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I've kept mine plugged in and fully charged for weeks now. I hope it'll keep the battery fresh since it's not using up its charge cycles.



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Old 04-14-2005, 08:10 PM
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from what I have been told, not only is it ok to keep charging it every night but it is supposed to be the correct way to operate lit-ion batteries. They do have a limited life span, which is reduced if they are drained fully and fully charged consistantly.
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Read a ton of information at www.batteryuniversity.com
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_ion_battery


It should be fine



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Old 04-14-2005, 08:50 PM
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according to that battery website it seems like you might want to somewhat fully discharge your battery once a month and recharge it again. i just use it w/e cuz by the time my battery dies there will probably be an easier way to take out batteries from ipods.
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Old 04-14-2005, 08:54 PM
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this topic has pro's and con's, and everyone has different opinions.

i believe charging it everynight will overcharge the battery, resulting in a shorter battery life. take an example of an laptop battery. you dont want to overcharge it. i keep telling people at the office that take the battery out when they are in the office and they are plugged to the wall outlet.



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this topic has pro's and con's, and everyone has different opinions.

i believe charging it everynight will overcharge the battery, resulting in a shorter battery life. take an example of an laptop battery. you dont want to overcharge it. i keep telling people at the office that take the battery out when they are in the office and they are plugged to the wall outlet.
Keeping the iPod in a "charged" state will not overcharge the battery.





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according to that battery website it seems like you might want to somewhat fully discharge your battery once a month and recharge it again. i just use it w/e cuz by the time my battery dies there will probably be an easier way to take out batteries from ipods.
The monthly discharge makes the battery indicator more accurate.



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Keeping the battery plugged in shouldn't overcharge the battery, because it uses a trickle charge at the end (this is why the literature for the iPod all says that you can get it 80% charged in a few hours and fully charged in about 5 hours.)

Eventually the battery will begin to wear out no matter how you use it, but I think the "charge it regularly and fully discharge and recharge about once a month" is probably good advice.




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Old 04-14-2005, 10:30 PM
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Never fully discharge a lithium battery . . . its really bad.



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i usaully run my down to 1/4 left every day cuz i like to block out stuff while doing stuff at school so i charge it every night i cant imagin a bus ride with my ipod anymore it would be SO BORING



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Um...so what you're saying is that it's better to charge every night then every other night or once a week?




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