New member overcharging battery

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    Hello, fellow Droid owners:


    I'm very happy to be joining your forum.

    I love my phone, but it's taking me a while to get used to it, especially managing the battery. I almost destroyed my battery by leaving it plugged in too long. I didn't know that could damage the battery.
    Happily, I found a thread on this from you guys.
    This is my first smart phone, so I have a high learning curve. Hope to learn from everyone.
     
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    Can you point me to the thread that says you can destroy your battery by leaving it plugged in to the charger?
     
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    :welcome: to the forum. First let me assure you that you cannot destroy your battery by leaving it plugged in to long. It is the new generation lithium battery and they cannot be overcharged. It's perfectly safe to leave it on the charger overnight. You also do not have to completely discharge your battery before you recharge it. I don't know where you got that information but that applies to the batteries that were used in the 80's and 90's. These batteries are different. Manufacturer does recommend an initial 24 hour charge, and they also recommend a full discharge about 3 times a year.

    Let me know if there is anything else you need help with. We are all here to help each other.:)
     
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    Welcome to the forum.. u have Come to the right place to learn about the Droid. There is a huge learning curve I feel ur pain as this was my first smart phone also but u will get the hang if it and wonder what u ever did without it LOL.. u will be addicted like everyone else in here Hahaha. As for overcharging the battery I haven't seen that thread and would like too. As far as I understand it the phone will not allow the battery to overcharge so I don't worry about and I charge whenever I deem necessary which is quite often LOL. Anyhow. Enjoy this place its an awesome forum!!!
     
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    Welcome to the Forum...I see your in good hands already!
     
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    Overcharging phone

    Verizon reps told me that you shouldn't leave your phone plugged in all the time after it's fully charged because it's bad for the battery.
    I'm hearing different things, so I'm totally confused. The thread I was referring to actually talks about "trickle charging," where after the battery is fully charged and you leave it plugged in, the battery goes into trickle-charge mode to maintain the battery at full capacity.
    The thread said the problem with that is that trickle charge isn't nearly enough to power the device and keep the battery charged up too.

    What happened was that I had my phone plugged in for quite a while at full charge, then I came home and found it was charging itself and I never unplugged it.
    The phone then told me that I only had 5 percent juice left.
    Any idea what might have happened?
     
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    First, the Verizon rep is absolutely wrong. What you saw is a bug on the phone. Usually you only see it one time.

    What's happening is the reading on the meter is incorrect. Even though you're fully charged you show down to 5%. We've all had this happen to us.

    Verizon reps are not good authorities, I don't want to knock them too bad but truth is we know more then they do. We deal with one phone, they deal with many but that rep should have known that the lithium battery in your phone cannot overcharge.
     
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    Overcharging phone

    Thank you, Hook! I love this phone and I don't want to destroy it.
    I'll come to you guys first before I consult a Verizon rep.
    Cheers!
     
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    usually a smart move. if i am having trouble with my hearing, i'll go to an audiologist, not a general practitioner... same goes for most everything else. want to know about phones? go to verizon. want to know about the droid specifically? glad you found us. ;) enjoy!
     
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    Overcharging phone

    Thank you, everyone, for your help. Have a great weekend!
     
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    Welcome to the forum, droidbear! (What's a weekend?)
     
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    That's the problem ( 1 of anyway) with Verizon

    Sad, that Verizon "the professionals" are pretty much clueless and we need a private source for the best information
     
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    As previously mentioned, Verizon reps are required to have a passing familiarity with every phone that they sell, it's unlikely that any employee is going to have intimate knowledge of any given product unless they happen to be personal owners. Second, it's worth bearing in mind that no matter how integral the battery is to the phone, in the end, it's a separate component. Knowledge of the phone does not equate to knowledge about the battery, or battery technology in general.

    Ryan
     
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    Everyone here is correct! There are only a handful of us who know the technical stuff of Android, the rest just pass along what they've "learned" from other reps, techs, and the data "specialists" of Verizon. I know more than the majority of them...and I owe that ALL to DroidForums!! :dancedroid:

    DroidForums junkie!!
     
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