iPod battery question

Is it better for an iPod if I charge its battery whenever possible
Keeper of the Purple Twilight wrote on :
Is it better for an iPod if I charge its battery whenever possible (I use my iPod in my car, but I bring it into the house every night), or should I let its charge run out completely before I charge it up again? It's a brand new iPod photo, and I don't want its battery to get hosed like my last iPod did.
Garner Miller replied on :

In article 2005031301323843658%no@redacted.invalid, Keeper of the Purple Twilight no@redacted.invalid wrote:

Is it better for an iPod if I charge its battery whenever possible (I use my iPod in my car, but I bring it into the house every night), or should I let its charge run out completely before I charge it up again? It's a brand new iPod photo, and I don't want its battery to get hosed like my last iPod did.

Deep-discharging a lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery (which the iPods use) will shorten their lifespan. It's better to do partial discharges and recharges than to drain the battery all the way on a regular basis.

There is no "memory effect" like older NiCad batteries had, where partial discharges were to be avoided. Quite the opposite with the lithium-based batteries.

An occasional full discharge isn't going to fry it, but it should be avoided if possible to prolong the battery's life. Additional information is here:

http://forums.ipodlounge.com/showthread.php?threadid=19556

Garner Miller replied on :

In article 130320051029404439%garner@redacted.invalid, Garner Miller garner@redacted.invalid wrote:

Deep-discharging a lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery (which the iPods use) will shorten their lifespan.

I mean "its lifespan." I should know better than to post before the coffee is absorbed.

o-chan replied on :

Garner Miller wrote:

In article 130320051029404439%garner@redacted.invalid, Garner Miller garner@redacted.invalid wrote:

Deep-discharging a lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery (which the iPods use) will shorten their lifespan.

I mean "its lifespan." I should know better than to post before the coffee is absorbed.

OWC offers iPod batteries for $25-40 with a tool to install it, so I wouldn't be too concerned about it.

That being said, the only really bad thing seems to be letting it completely discharge and leaving it that way for months.

Check out this page: http://www.ipodbatteryfaq.com/

Scott replied on :

On Sun, 13 Mar 2005 15:50:04 -0500, o-chan poda@redacted.invalid wrote:

Garner Miller wrote:

In article 130320051029404439%garner@redacted.invalid, Garner Miller garner@redacted.invalid wrote:

Deep-discharging a lithium-ion or lithium-polymer battery (which the iPods use) will shorten their lifespan.

I mean "its lifespan." I should know better than to post before the coffee is absorbed.

OWC offers iPod batteries for $25-40 with a tool to install it, so I wouldn't be too concerned about it.

That being said, the only really bad thing seems to be letting it completely discharge and leaving it that way for months.

On the subject of iPod batteries...has anyone tried the portable battery powered iPod chargers?

I'm looking at a couple models for sale on eBay. One uses four 'AA' batteries and the other uses a single 9 volt battery.

I will need something like this as I travel for a few weeks through South America, where I won't have regular access to a plug-in charger, or even electricity.

Thanks in advance.

  • Scott Smith: scott@redacted.invalid Sludge Report: http://www.sludgereport.org
P M Evans replied on :

In article ou7h31dm2a3jdihprd543ll7e448dslth9@redacted.invalid, Scott sludge.report@redacted.invalid wrote:

On the subject of iPod batteries...has anyone tried the portable battery powered iPod chargers?

I'm looking at a couple models for sale on eBay. One uses four 'AA' batteries and the other uses a single 9 volt battery.

I will need something like this as I travel for a few weeks through South America, where I won't have regular access to a plug-in charger, or even electricity.

Thanks in advance.

  • Scott Smith: scott@redacted.invalid Sludge Report: http://www.sludgereport.org

I have the one that uses 4 AA batteries. Ive used it with my iPod mini a few times now, and Im happy with it. Im using rechargeable NiMHs in it and have taken the mini from half charge to full charge while playing it, and the rechargeables are still good to go.