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How low do you let your ipad battery get before charging?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by MsAmandaLove, Mar 21, 2011.

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    Just a random question...
    I usually let mine go to 20 percent before letting it charge to 100%.
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    I usually let the battery drain completely once a month, per Apple instructions. Other than that I try to remember to do a full charge every night for the next day.
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    Usually until it is about 10-20% and completely drained once a month.

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    10-20%. I've been charging every other night mostly so often.
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    Does anybody shut down the iPad overnight? Would turning it off each night extend the battery life? I know the iPad is just an oversized phone and I never turn my phone off.
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    Shouldn't make much difference since it uses so little power when asleep.
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    Normally until it's on it's last legs. Or until I've finished using it.
    Most of the time I let it charge overnight. Although sometimes I've used it whilst charging. Sometime I wish the cable was a little longer!
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    I let it get to 5 precent before I charge it. I usually don't charge it until the battery is about to be out of juice. i think since getting my ipad i've only charged it once, or twice. I've had it for almost a week.
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    If I am home it is always plugged in and streaming Pandora so it usually doesn't get drained that far down between charges
    Several times a month I will unplug it and let it run until it runs out of power
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    x2 I think the full drain is important or at least in my mind it is...LOL
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    Hope I haven't missed it earlier in this thread but just in case members want to read the Apple advice on the iPad battery that SweetPoisin is referring to

    Apple - Batteries - iPad

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    What is up with me today? I can't even spell SweetPoison's name correctly - sorry - now I'll have nightmares about that 'eye' watching me....

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    Charge every night

    The iPad uses a Li polymer battery. Lithium based batteries are happiest if you keep them nearly fully charged. When you deep discharge them too often you cause some hystereses effects. In other words you will decrease the level of the "full" charge. Lithium batteries like short, shallow cycles while Ni-CAD's like longer, deeper cycles. You will get a whole lot more battery cycles if you do not do deep discharges.

    Ni-CAD batteries need to fully discharged every time in order to prevent memory effects. Li-Ion (and Li-polymer) are the opposite.

    Apple's request for a full discharge once per month is so that they can calibrate their fuel gage circuit and has nothing to do with your battery life. I would not do a full discharge any more than once per month if even that often.
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    Too funny! I spell that silly name wrong more times then I care to admit.
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    I don't plan on letting mine get below 5%. When I find it I'll post it but I've read they (LP) don't like to go below 4% and by doing so can harm the battery and are happiest ( most efficient) between 20 and 80%
    One thing everyone seems to agree on is there is no memory effect with LI and LP batteries, other than that there seems to be no perfect answer
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    Harm the battery on the iPad? I have read, here, numerous times, that his simply not true. But who knows?

    Plus Apple does recommends you do so at least once a month.
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    Hmm. This pad says uptime 18 days 12 hours and I've never drained the battery yet.
    That said the battery seems as good as it was when I bought it.

    Too lazy. Can't be bothered to waste my time draining it. Just plug it in the morning and top up. iPad2 here shortly anyway :)
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    Oh, whatever. :D
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    I cannot remember where I read it and will post a link when I find it. I did post one on another thread of how they work
    http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/charging_lithium_ion_batteries
    This shows how even when your meter shows 0% it's not really 0% but a safety kicking in to keep the voltage from dropping too low, just like when it shows 100% it's really not 100%.
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    Battery Charging link

    Here's a link that has some fact behind it.

    How to charge - when to charge table – Battery University

    I notice a lot of opinions. Facts win over opinions every time.

    What reduces the full life of a battery is using high charge rates a lot... in other words letting it discharge fully a lot.

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