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    Best Charging habits?

    I have a Droid X and what Im doing is letting the battery run down till the phone turns off and the recharge it overnight with the phone off.

    Is this a bad thing? Whats the optimal charging habit to do?
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    From what I know, that's it best way to maintain your battery.

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    From my knowledge, doing that to a lithium-ion battery will have no effect.
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    whatever u do to this battery i mean its not like the battery is $200 plus its not like ur gonna have it for 5 years. say the average dx user keeps it for 2 years battery will work fine by then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonKENy View Post
    I have a Droid X and what Im doing is letting the battery run down till the phone turns off and the recharge it overnight with the phone off.

    Is this a bad thing? Whats the optimal charging habit to do?
    Not good. Letting a Li ion battery discharge fully is actually bad for the battery in the long run. There is no memory effect with these batteries, it is far better to charge often and not to let the battery run down too low.
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    This will make no difference whatsoever to the physical battery. It WILL make a difference to the internal batt stats. The more often the phone is pulled from the charger at true 100% charge and plugged in as close to true 0%, the better.

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    I should add: by batt stats, I mean the stats the phone uses to decide what percent to display in the notification bar. More accurate batt stats = more accurate %s displayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xliderider View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MonKENy View Post
    I have a Droid X and what Im doing is letting the battery run down till the phone turns off and the recharge it overnight with the phone off.

    Is this a bad thing? Whats the optimal charging habit to do?
    Not good. Letting a Li ion battery discharge fully is actually bad for the battery in the long run. There is no memory effect with these batteries, it is far better to charge often and not to let the battery run down too low.
    Here's supporting articles:

    HowStuffWorks "Lithium-ion Battery Life and Death"

    "Lithium ion chemistry prefers partial discharge to deep discharge, so it's best to avoid taking the battery all the way down to zero. Since lithium-ion chemistry does not have a "memory", you do not harm the battery pack with a partial discharge. If the voltage of a lithium-ion cell drops below a certain level, it's ruined."

    How to prolong lithium-based batteries

    "The battery prefers a partial rather than a full discharge. Frequent full discharges should be avoided when possible. Instead, charge the battery more often or use a larger battery. There is no concern of memory when applying unscheduled charges."

    \http://highfields-arc.6te.net/beginner/battery.htm

    "Li-ion comes partially charged. You can use the battery right away and charge it when needed. No priming required.
    Do charge the battery often. The battery lasts longer with partial rather than full discharges, it is better to recharge more often; avoid frequent full discharges. Charging in stages is acceptable, full charge termination occurs by reading the voltage level and charge current. Charging a full battery is safe and does not cause harm. The charger should automatically cut the charge current when the battery is full, so leaving the battery in the charger will not harm it. "
    Last edited by xliderider; 01-20-2011 at 04:39 AM.
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    Plug it in when you hit the rack
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    Regarding the OP other question: What about powering down?

    I know "back in the day", it was recommended to me that I "power cycle" my phone often. So as of now, I do what the OP does, each night I turn off the phone and charge. I understand that many people use their cell as their primary phone, so they may not want to power off at night. Is there any benefit to powering off over charging while on?
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