Can I use iPad while plugged in

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    Can I use iPad while plugged in or do I need to let battery run down all the time?
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    It's perfectly fine to use it whilst the device is plugged in and charging. You should let it run down about once a month to keep the battery meter correctly calibrated, but other than that, any combination of charge / discharge is acceptable for modern devices such as this.
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    Thank you. Terrified of doing something that will prevent proper charges in future!
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum!

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

    We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discussion-forum-for-ipad/id412896524?mt=8
    Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
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    2 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-general-discussions/21590-tips-tricks-those-us-who-dont-know.html
    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-os/49581-ios5-tips-tricks.html
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    You actually don't want to fully discharge the iPad battery as you would other battery tech. They will last longer if you charge them more often. They stress and lose some of their ability to hold a charge with a full discharge cycle.
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    The iPad battery is Lithium-Polymer rather than NiCad. Apples does advise a complete charge/discharge cycle once a month for calibration purposes.

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    The full discharge cycle only calibrates the percent charged meter. It does nothing helpful to the battery itself.
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    Yep, that's what I said, for calibration purposes.

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    Just to be clear it calibrates the display, not the battery. I'm seeing people on other forums post that it resets the battery itself...
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    Yes you do. Apple advocates that just as do we. Not really sure why or what it does, but it should be done as Apple states.

    On that note ~ OP, you have your answer ~ it is fine to use while charging so we will close this thread.


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