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    Question Let battery die for first time?

    So i got my device about 2 weeks ago but since then i have never let battery die im doing wrong?
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    Nope. I never let it die either (almost though).


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    Welcome to iMore Harcrack. ConGrats on your new iPhone. Yes, I let my battery drain to 0% and turn off by itself once a month. There is nothing official about getting better battery life if this is done, but it seems to work and give my device better battery life.
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    Lifehacker had a great article about battery myths recently, one of which was about whether you should drain the battery (tl;dr: no, you really shouldn't, though once in a while is ok - once a month is what used to be recommended, but newer devices like recent iPhones should only do that if you notice the battery meter being weird.)

    Five*Smartphone Battery Myths, Explained
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    Default Re: Let battery die for first time?

    I always do it for the first one, and then try to at least once every two weeks. But I also only charge it when it gets down near 1-5%. I get 3 days on a charge.
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    I know when smartphones first came out we used to tell customers to let the battery die one time just to get the memory straight but the new battery doesn't have memory any more so you don't have to let them die then charge them. That's a thing of the past.


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    Default Re: Let battery die for first time?

    With ion lithium battery's there is no need to commission the battery for first use. I just charge my new devices to 100% and then on a monthly basis let it completely drain until it turns off and charge to 100%. I've been doing that with all my iPhone's and always had good battery life.
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    I try to keep my battery between 20% and 80%.
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    I just charge whenever I need/want to, never have purposely let it die, and I have had excellent battery life on all of my iPhones including this 6S. I really do not think "conditioning" the phone is necessary anymore.
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    Every few weeks or so, I allow my battery to either completely drain or get down to 1% and then recharge it. Whether it's necessary in this day and age, I do not know, but what I do know is that I get great battery life so I will keep on doing my thing with the battery...
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    I am a heavy user and charge my fone everyday.Wondering how long will the battery last at this rate.Am using an iPhone 6S Plus
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    My phone starts the day at 100% (I charge overnight) and finishes darn near 1% just through daily use. It works for me. Besides, I only need it to last until the next iPhone comes out.
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    My phone is constantly being charged only because I'm sitting at a desk all day and there's a charger handy. My battery hardly dips below 50% and I've never ran it down zero,intentional or not. I wish Apple had some guidelines on battery management.
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    Not necessary, with modern battery technology it's actually worse to drain the battery all the way down. There is no "battery memory" like in the old days...
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    Default Re: Let battery die for first time?

    All that is a waste of time. No matter what you do or how you try the battery will die after about two to two to three years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alkali View Post
    All that is a waste of time. No matter what you do or how you try the battery will die after about two to two to three years.
    And by then we'll all have the iPhone 7 👍🏼
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    I usually run the battery down at the first use till the phone automatically shutoff. I do not know why I do that, but I read somewhere a long time ago (battery university?) while the Li-ion batteries do not have a memory effect (I know that much), the initial conditioning is preferable. So, I do so. But I also know that running down Li-ion batteries completely dry is detrimental to the battery. But the phone automatically shutting down due to low charge is not the same. It just means that the phone's protection circuit is working.
    But I rarely do the thing after that. The only reason I ran down the battery, say, below 50%, is to reset its internal circuit to indicate the accurate battery charge reading. Sometimes, even after the over night charge etc, I see the charge did not reach 100%, or other odd showing (but it's rare). When this happens, after running it down a bit (say, 50%) and back it up to 100%, the problem is gone.
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    Default Re: Let battery die for first time?

    Quote Originally Posted by doogald View Post
    Lifehacker had a great article about battery myths recently, one of which was about whether you should drain the battery (tl;dr: no, you really shouldn't, though once in a while is ok - once a month is what used to be recommended, but newer devices like recent iPhones should only do that if you notice the battery meter being weird.)

    Five*Smartphone Battery Myths, Explained
    Agreed, this is the newest way to treat smartphone batteries. The old (lol I'm calling a few years ago old!) school of thought used to teach that allowing a full drain and recharge was good for calibration. That's not the case with these new batteries and in fact many suggest you try not to go below 15% because it shortens battery lifespan. As doogald just said, keep it charged as you normally would and save full drains for when you're actually having an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xanadome View Post
    I usually run the battery down at the first use till the phone automatically shutoff. I do not know why I do that, but I read somewhere a long time ago (battery university?) while the Li-ion batteries do not have a memory effect (I know that much), the initial conditioning is preferable. So, I do so. But I also know that running down Li-ion batteries completely dry is detrimental to the battery. But the phone automatically shutting down due to low charge is not the same. It just means that the phone's protection circuit is working.
    But I rarely do the thing after that. The only reason I ran down the battery, say, below 50%, is to reset its internal circuit to indicate the accurate battery charge reading. Sometimes, even after the over night charge etc, I see the charge did not reach 100%, or other odd showing (but it's rare). When this happens, after running it down a bit (say, 50%) and back it up to 100%, the problem is gone.
    yes, it was battery university as you thought, but that info is no longer relevant to current batteries
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_m_p View Post
    I wish Apple had some guidelines on battery management.
    They do:

    Batteries - Why Lithium-ion? - Apple
    Batteries - Maximizing Performance - Apple
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    Yup, dchandler makes sense. Had to drain my psp1000 battery before the charger woyld even read it because its old. If your your other prehistoric devices fail to read battery at all I would suggest shorting the pack all the way dead with a paper clip. Worked for me.
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    I've never really cared about "proper battery management" because I'll be getting a new phone in a year anyway. I've never let my 6S die completely, I always charge it at night and whenever I need to during the day.
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    Default Re: Let battery die for first time?

    I charge whenever I want to, but I always drain it to 0% once a month to calibrate the battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkveggie View Post
    I've never really cared about "proper battery management" because I'll be getting a new phone in a year anyway. I've never let my 6S die completely, I always charge it at night and whenever I need to during the day.
    Ditto. I put on the charger each evening at bedtime...when I'm usually at 20-30% after a days usage.

    I've never seen any battery life improvement as a result of discharge/charging a lithium ion battery. But...if it seems to work better for anybody to do it, then to each their own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_m_p View Post
    And by then we'll all have the iPhone 7 👍🏼
    You want to hear something funny? I google searched this post for device on my brand-new iPhone 7 Plus 😉
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