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Ipad2 battery question

Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by djphelan01, Dec 11, 2011.

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    I'm new to the iPad and was wondering if it is better to try and keep the battery fully charged or allow it to get low before recharging?
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    We've had several iPads since they were first released and never bothered about careful recharging.

    They just get recharged every morning regardless of how low the battery is. Usage is highly variable, but they sure get used.

    The bottom line is that I'm unaware of any degredation in battery performance.
    They are all holding up well despite the ignored advice to fully discharge on a monthly basis :)
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    Apple's advice to fully discharge on a monthly basis has nothing to do with battery performance. It is simply to provide an updated "discharge profile" that the battery monitor can use for the little percent remaining notification in the upper right corner of the iPad. Over time, a battery's performance will degrade and the monthly discharge advice assures the accuracy of the monitor. FYI, a battery monitor doesn't actually measure the "remaining charge." It measures the voltage of the battery on an ongoing basis. That voltage can be translated into a "percent remaining" figure if the device has an accurate discharge profile. And that is why Apple recommends draining the battery periodically. Once a month is simply a convenient interval.

    If you routinely recharge your battery every night regardless of its usage, your "percent remaining" figure will become inaccurate over a period of many months but unless you subject the iPad to very heavy use on a regular basis, that won't really matter.

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