Is it true that if you just purchased an Ipad, you must charge it first before using?

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    I just bought white Ipad 3rd gen 32gb with cellular. Yepee...
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    If the battery is holding sufficient charge when you first turn it on, you can use it right out of the box.
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    Thank you. Well explained.
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    Of course, if you're setting up the iPad from the backup of another iPad , it can take several hours for everything to download. In this case it would be better to plug in the iPad during the process.
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    Really? I understand that if we often plug & play the ipad, it would shorten the lifetime of the battery.
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    The reason you plug in the iPad when doing a large download is to ensure that the battery doesn't run down before the download is finished.
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    Opps, well understood, sorry my bad. Thanks!
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    When I got my 3rd gen iPad we set it up at the Apple store without having to plug it in. It was sitting at above 80% charge out of the box...
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    i thought its better just to drain the battery completely on 1st use so that the battery 'calibrated' right?
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    You don't calibrate the battery, you calibrate the battery indicator.
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    also eversince i got this new ipad last july, i drained the battery (use until its off by itself, not sleep but total dead) once a month before charge it fully, i'm not sure if thats necessary or not......
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    Yea that's what I'm talking about :eek:
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    You got me confused bro :p
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    I believe the concept are the same as in our cellular handphone. Don't you realize that why most of our battery being fat both side a few months later? and so on the battery will become useless as the charging meter could quickly fully charged but also quickly dead empty. Isn't it obvious?
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    When you run your battery flat and recharge it to full, it does nothing special to the battery. The batter charge indicator software gets recalibrated. That's all.
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    and somehow it becomes a habit to me to complete battery drain my android phones too once a month......i m not sure the effectiveness of it, perhaps same as to those who believe the 'burn-in headphones' principal too :eek:
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    That's right, the indicator in the OS gets reset after each rom installation. And the OS needs first to 'sniff' the conditon of the battery to be able to give reliable information to the user. So that's why the OS needs to be told first what an empty battery 'looks like'.
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    Actually as the battery ages, it loses its ability to hold the same charge it did before. By running the battery completely flat and then charging it full, you recalibrate the battery charge indicator.
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    So what's the idea here? Is it better to drain it completely before charging it? Or charging it anytime regardless of battery's charges?
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    It's better to top it off frequently. Easier on the battery. Does not negatively impact charge cycles.
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