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I charge my iPod everyday now is that a bad idea?

Asked by Tink (8668points) May 29th, 2009 from iPhone

Well this is the sequal to the question: What can happen when you charge your iPod alot?
Well I followed somethings and now I have to charge it everyday any advise?

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Tink's avatar

Im waiting for your answer dude :)

Lupin's avatar

Ipods use rechargable lithium Ion batteries. Depending upon the model the battery will have a different capacity . Li Ion batteries have very high storage and do not usually take a set like the old NiCads. However they have one serious shortcoming. They will only last through several hundred charge cycles. (Let’s call it 400.) This is true for current cell pones too by the way. If you charge your ipod every day you will find that the battery will run out of full capacity in about a year. You’ve probably discovered that already. To increase life, only charge it when the battery is low. Then remove it from the charger when it is full. If you charge it once every three or four days you will get 3–4 years out of it.
Same with your cell phone. I carry a spare charged battery and run the current one down to nothing before charging. My batteries will last “forever”.
I was trying to find the reference link for you.

Tink's avatar

Oh sorry :)
Well I charge it when it turns off because I was told to do that and now it turns off quicker I got it for Christmas and the battery has always turned of very fast

Lupin's avatar

It’s that magic 400 charge number. (300 actually but I didn’t want to get anyone mad.) that is the level of technology with those batteries. Charge your cell phone every day and you will have to replace the battery in 10 months.
Also remember heat is the battery’s enemy. Do not leave it in the sun or on a radiator when charging. You want good air flow to keep it as close to room temp as possible.

Tink's avatar

That might be it so do I need to change it?

Lupin's avatar

Yes, if you’re expecting to get the rated life out of it. Look at the link I sent you. If your play life is less than half of rated life and you are still under warranty you can get a new battery. Otherwise just live with it unless you have the cash to burn.
It’s just an ipod -not a pace maker.

Tink's avatar

Its not just an iPod to me and it doesn’t have warranty :( Where did you send me the link to?

Lupin's avatar

Do you see the my first post? The word “capacity” is written in red. That means click on it.
Enjoy.

Tink's avatar

Oh thanks

Lupin's avatar

Good luck with it.
So, dude, Where’s the lurve? ;-)

Tink's avatar

Oh sorry :)

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

bf said draining the bat every now and then is good for it. lasts longer.

Tink's avatar

Yeah but I think I need to replace the battery I’m having alot of problems with it

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

is it under warranty?

jrpowell's avatar

You do need to replace the battery. If you are comfortable doing it yourself you can get a new one for 20 bucks.

Tink's avatar

@A_Beaverhausen – No it doesn’t have warranty
@johnpowell – Im a klutz and I don’t think I can do that I’ll probably just mess it up though, it seems like a good idea anyways

jrpowell's avatar

Find a nerd friend. It isn’t that hard. And cheaper than what Apple wants.

Tink's avatar

@johnpowell – Teheeee.. How much does Apple want?

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