Do I *have* to fully charge my 3DS after purchasing it?

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  1. xxteargodxx
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    I'm buying a Flame Red 3DS on Friday and will be at Nintendo World Store for a few hours with my friends so it'll be a while before I get back home to fully charge it. I might be able to charge it for a little while if I get there super early and just sit at the wall where they have an open electric outlet and charge it but I don't know.

    Will it effect my battery life? Or no?
     
  2. Quietlyawesome94

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    No.
     
  3. tlyee61

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    I dont belive you have to but if u want the battery to last the longest, I would, just like any electronic device that charges.
     
  4. gifi4

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    Yes it will, not drastically but in the long run, rather than having 5 hours, you'll prob end up with 4-4 1/2 hours of gameplay before the battery dies.

    (Just an example btw)
     
  5. Evo.lve

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    [​IMG] HOW DARE YOU NOT CHARGE IT AFTER BUYING IT?!?!?! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!

    No. You don't.
     
  6. sergster1

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    lol tear will I be seeing you at the starfox streetpass event at Nintendo world?
     
  7. BloodWolfJW

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    Experts recommend that you play it out of the box until it dies, and the charge it fully (say, 3-4 hours?) before powering on again to maximize battery life [​IMG]
     
  8. obito

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    This.

    Or just leave it charging out of the box until full..

    But you dont have to.
     
  9. tef89

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    Lithium Ion / Polymer batteries are conditioned before they leave the factory with sevaral charge cycles already on-board so no, it's not necessary to do the initial full charge on a new device using this technology.

    In the old days of NiMH it was suggested you 'over-charge' the battery for 16-24 hours (depending on the device) before first use but things have moved on now.

    It's worth noting however that full discharging of a Lithium Ion / Polymer battery on a regular basis will reduce the life span of so it's best not to do this too often.
     
  10. FireGrey

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    Well technically you dont have to do anything with the 3DS.
    You don't even have to NOT throw it at old ladies.
    Anyway I think you should do what you want.
     
  11. pkl2007

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    not this this would apply to nimh batteries which are usually the energizer rechargeable batteries. Lithium Ion batteries should actually be charged regularly.
     
  12. Shiro09

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    I didnt and nothing is wrong with it.
     
  13. Shuji1987

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    This.

    Lithium Ion/Polymer batteries unlike NiCad or NiMH do not require full charges because they don't suffer from the memory effect or other issues found with NiCAD and NiMH. They can also be left for years (they drain less than 1% per month) whilst the others drain themselves in a few months.

    In the old days when you didn't charge them completely the NiCAD/MH would become lazy and only use that part of the battery which it was actively using (hence why you needed to fully discharge and recharge). It was to avoid the battery from only using only a certain percentage of it's battery. Another reason you had to charge them to full was that NiCAD and MH were slow starters. You had to charge them atleast 5/6 times fully before they could give you it's full power. With Lithium this is a thing of the past.

    Also, lithium does not provide you with less power when the battery is almost drained. When it's empty it just shuts down completely where NiCAD/MH would slowly burn out (check out drills, they would really slow down when they were at a low battery level instead of working on full power).
     
  14. dimmidice

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    another quick question bout the battery (figured it didnt deserve its own thread) if i play with the charger plugged in, and battery fully charged. does this affect the battery? someone should make a sticky with how to best maintain your 3ds battery xD
     
  15. xxteargodxx
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    Yeah I'll be there, I have to lol or else I won't be picking up my Red 3DS [​IMG]
     
  16. jefffisher

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    that shouldn't affect it negatively as you'll have to recharge it fewer times if you play it on the charger, just remember you aren't supposed to play it till fully discharged put it on the plug as soon as the needs charge light comes on or even sooner.
     
  17. emmanu888

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    i did a full discharge before charging the battery
     
  18. Shuji1987

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    No it won't. Simply because the CPU (the Cell Protection Unit) stops the charger from overcharging. When full it will do nothing when plugged in untill taken out and back in.
     
  19. dimmidice

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    sweet, thanks guys ;D