Battery maintenance

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by R2DJ, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. R2DJ
    OP

    R2DJ GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,900
    15
    Jan 30, 2008
    London
    My OCD self made this thread.

    This concerns Li-ion batteries. I have the following devices that use Li-ion batts:
    • iPhone 4
    • iPod Touch 1G
    • Nintendo DSi
    • Laptop
    Now I got a bunch of questions that I want to be answered to have some peace of mind.

    1. What exactly is "battery conditioning/battery cycling"? I heard this term from an iPhone forum and they said that it should be done initially to get the best out of the iPhone's battery. I remember something like "Fully charge then completely discharge then wait for 5 hours before fully charging it again." A full description of this procedure is much appreciated [​IMG]

    2. I think I didn't properly charge my iPhone 4 the first time (plugged it on my PC, reconnected and disconnected it a few times because of a syncing issue, synced it successfully, fiddled about with the settings whilst charging) and I only charged it for a total of 3 hours I think. Can I still cycle the battery even if it has passed a week since I got it?

    3. Is it safe to assume that the conditioning process applies to all Li-ion batteries?

    4. Recommended intervals (how often should I charge then discharge the battery?)

    Thanks [​IMG]