So what's your charging cycle?

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ccr78

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I usually go through about 50% of the battery in a day. I talk, txt, and listen to music over my headphones a lot.
 

gmcenroe

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my charging cycle

Since my iPhone is new I am using about 90% battery life in a day. I charge every night, charging seems pretty fast whether on sync or plugged into the wall.
 

gannon145

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I have it plugged in all day at work while using it.. then I plug it again again when I sleep.
With the long term battery life in question (not to mention battery replacement) keeping your phone plugged in as much as possible is a VERY good idea. Anywhere you can, work, home, car. This will extend your overall battery life by a large amount.
 

jaderade

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With the long term battery life in question (not to mention battery replacement) keeping your phone plugged in as much as possible is a VERY good idea. Anywhere you can, work, home, car. This will extend your overall battery life by a large amount.
wow! Really? I heard its better off to only charge it once the battery is almost gone. And keeping it the charger too much isn't good for it.

Hmm well I charge every night. And if I'm using it at home I just keep it in the dock while im surfing the web and listening to music
 

ryanb

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With the long term battery life in question (not to mention battery replacement) keeping your phone plugged in as much as possible is a VERY good idea. Anywhere you can, work, home, car. This will extend your overall battery life by a large amount.
can anyone confirm this? I'd really like to know as I could easily be charging at work as well.
 

Kev1000000

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Keeping a Li-ion battery fully charged is the right thing to do. NEVER let a Li-ion fully deplete, it kills battery life.
 

gannon145

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I'll go a little more in depth as to why this is:

Lithium Ion batteries are different form older batteries in that they don't really need the full discharge to full charge that most people became accustom to. (Granted people say its a good idea for the first few charges, but I think it's mostly superstition at this point)

So Apple says that the iPhone battery has something like 300 charge cycles (or whatever it really is). In the old mentality that means 100% to 0% to 100% would be 1 charge cycle. however most people don't let their phones do that, so lithium ion batteries were also designed to count it as follows:

100% to 50% to 100% to 50% to 100%. If you follow that, using it to half charge, then back to full charge, then again using to half charge, and finally a full charge. This would ALSO count as 1 charge cycle.

So here's why I say to keep something plugged in as often as possible. Once at full charge, if you keep most electronics plugged in, the drain on the battery is much less while plugged in than if you were to only plug in to charge. The power transfer is designed like this to minimize battery drain.

Since I don't really know the iPhone design very well I can only speculate but I would assume well over 100+ hours of use while plugged in would equal 1 charge cycle on the battery.

Thats the basic rundown. If anybody else has some insight I would love to hear it.
 

ryanb

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some interesting information, lol I'm plugging my iPhone in right now!

I'm also interested to see if anyone else can comment on this. And thanks for the rundown :)
 

randy98mtu

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I haven't really gotten a routine yet. Today is my second day at work with it. When I'm in the car, it's charging through a dock connector on my stereo. Last time I charged it full was Sunday afternoon, then I had it plugged in this morning for 40 minutes on the way to work. I plugged it in to USB for 30 minutes at lunch. Right now I've got about 50% battery. It's still new for me, so I'm still playing with it quite a bit. Lots of music, some farting around with pictures and the other apps. It would be nice if my time in the car was enough, but it looks like it'll need to be plugged in at night too. My iPod I could use all day at work and plug it in on the way home and back to work and it never needed to be plugged in anywhere else.
 

veedubcos

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Okay, well im going to throw this one out here. I don't know if laptop batteries are the same. But I have been through a couple of those after learning why they stop holding a charge after a while. I usually leave my laptop at home connected to the power adapter 24/7. However, when I spoke with tech support at HP, the guy said that if you leave the battery and the adapter hooked up to it for a prolonged period of time it will cause the battery to stop holding a charge. He tole me the best way to do it is take the battery out whenever I have it plugged in and just run it straight off the power adapter and when I do need to use the battery use it to about 20% remaining and then charge it. I don't know if this is the same thing that applies to the iPhone, just a noob question.
 

gannon145

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@veedubcos

Honestly, if it's a Li-Ion battery I'm fairly sure thats garbage. They're designed for cycles not continuous charge vs intermittent charge. Again, a lot of people are still under the misconception that doing that is good for a battery when that practice hasn't been needed for some time now.

At least it goes against everything I know about batteries. I'm not an expert or anything but I do work with systems that use Li-Ion batteries and as far as I know keeping them plugged in is better. (see above again).
 
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tfg

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I'm basically just charging when it gets down to the 20% indicator. I haven't been using the battery draining things on the phone (safari, ipod) because I've been working a lot and have that for internet access and music.

So I've only charged the phone 3 or 4 times since June 29th. Now that I think of it, i haven't even had that many phone calls on the thing. Being on a computer at work all day and then having my home comupter that does everything that the phone does, I haven't really got to use the options that much. When I'm on vacation at the end of this month and next month, I'll really get to stretch the legs on this thing. I'm talking watching movies, and using safari and etc. I imagine that I'll have to charge every night at that point.
 

m2bpro

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My phone is plugged in all day while i'm at work and I plug it in all night before I sleep. I've read in many places that keeping Lithium ION batteries plugged in is the best way to go. They even recommended that when I had my Treo 650 and my battery life was good even after a few years. So as much as possible, I keep mine plugged in.
 

ColsTiger

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so whats all of your gyes charging cycles? if you have one... i would like to hear
About every third day. I've been playing with it ever since I got it though. I used to get about 5 days on a charge on my RAZR with minimal use, but I don't know whether the iPHone will ever hold a five day charge. Not that it couldn't; it's just that I don't know whether I'll ever be able to leave it alone without using up the batteries checking emails, watching youtube, or listening to iTunes. :laugh2: