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Do you charge your cell phone if the battery is not completely used up?

Started 1276810801.587 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1277050009.677 by Alexa6352

I have a new ( to me) 3GS Iphone and I have been charging it every night even if the battery is not completed used up. Is this ok? It was refurished by ATT.

Thanks in advance.

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gidgetgoes­hawaiian1276817030.8310284 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I don't think you're supposed to let them run completely down. I charge mine every day or every other day, but I never let it run completely down.

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1276817036.3710284 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I don't think you're supposed to let them run completely down. I charge mine every day or every other day, but I never let it run completely down.

peach1061276817127.231290 PostsRegistered 4/15/2007

That's correct. I remember reading that it's best not to let the battery drain completely. I plug mine in every night before I go to bed.

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Pinkroses1276817337.7571304 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007TN

That makes me feel better to know it is a common practice.

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Sunshine K­ate1276817621.5612236 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

My cell phone provider told me to let the battery drain before charging. She said I only have about 350 charges (not sure the exact amount) on a cell phone. If I charge it everyday or every other day or twice in one day, it counts towards my total number of charges.

I only charge my Motorola cell phone no more than once a week. I've always done it this way and I've never had any battery problems.

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Kate

anxiousone1276836948.1171036 PostsRegistered 8/20/2008
On 6/17/2010 Sunshine Kate said:

My cell phone provider told me to let the battery drain before charging. She said I only have about 350 charges (not sure the exact amount) on a cell phone. If I charge it everyday or every other day or twice in one day, it counts towards my total number of charges.

I only charge my Motorola cell phone no more than once a week. I've always done it this way and I've never had any battery problems.

Sunshine, I was also told to charge my new cell phone, and then let it completely drain before charging again, and this would extend the life of my battery. After that, I could charge it when the battery got low, but never to overcharge it--unplug it as soon as all of the bars have appeared. {#emotions_dlg.huh} I plug my phone in while I am on the computer about every three days or so.

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Sunshine K­ate1276862381.7812236 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

I was also told to let it charge no more than about two hours. The phone will tell you when it's fully charged and then uplug.

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Kate

mima1276867381.83714526 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

Wow, I am doing it all wrong. I plug mine in everynight when I go to bed and let it charge all night. DH does the same thing.

I've had mine for over a year and it is still working like new.

Mima

hulagirl1276867564.2177179 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

When mine goes down to 1 bar, I will then charge it............

JYWilliams1276870597.7633157 PostsRegistered 10/7/2009Kentucky "The Blue Grass State"

I let my battery run down before I charge my phone.

i_e_ bear1276890127.48205 PostsRegistered 6/14/2010
On 6/18/2010 mima said:

Wow, I am doing it all wrong. I plug mine in everynight when I go to bed and let it charge all night. DH does the same thing.

I've had mine for over a year and it is still working like new.

But you are probably using up your batteries quicker than how long they were designed to last.

chickenbutt1276890356.55324224 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I was always told that the battery would last longer, and charge more fully, if you let it run down each time before charging. I have always done this.

I also use down my laptop batteries at least once a month since I am usually using them on electricity. I was told that would also keep the batteries more healthy.

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shesallthat1277048059.95710166 PostsRegistered 4/4/2005

it depends on the type of battery. it is "rumored" that Nickel-based cells, such as NiMH and NiCd, need to be fully discharged before each charge, or else the battery loses capacity over time in a phenomenon known as "memory effect". this is only partially accurate: nickel alloy cells can be charged at any point throughout their discharge cycle ?– they do not have to be fully discharged. memory effect should instead be prevented by fully discharging the battery once a month (once every 30 charges). this extends the life of the battery since memory effect is prevented while avoiding full charge cycles which are known to be rough on all types of dry-cell batteries, eventually resulting in a permanent decrease in battery capacity. most newer cell phones, laptops, and most electric vehicles use Lithium-ion batteries. contrary to some recommendations, these batteries actually last longest if the battery is frequently charged; fully discharging them will degrade their capacity relatively quickly.

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stilltamn8r1277048682.2313953 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006So Cal

If you charge your phone every night, how do you know that it is working "like new'?

i always let mine run out before icharge it- it is 3 years old and beginning to go a lot shorter time before it needs a charge- age is showing, but if i charged it every night, how would i know that?

shesallthat1277049933.05310166 PostsRegistered 4/4/2005

i plug mine in every night,too and the way i can tell that it's still working like new is that i can leave it on all day long and i don't loose any bars unless i have been heavily texting for a couple of hours. my battery is one of the lithium-ion.

>>Wow, I am doing it all wrong. I plug mine in everynight when I go to bed and let it charge >>all night. DH does the same thing.

my dh does the same thing and he had his previous phone for two years and never had to replace the battery! it never went dead or caused him any problems from plugging it in and charging it nightly.

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Alexa63521277050009.673541 PostsRegistered 7/18/2006

I have a T-Mobile G1 phone and my battery runs down very fast. I have this phone since March 2009 and I have charged the battery everyday and I still have the same battery.

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