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Does Filling then Draining Your iPod Touch Battery Improve Battery Life?

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 7/29/2010

Here is a look at the long standing question: does filling then draining your iPod Touch improve battery life?

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    Filling Up

    There has always been a major debate among iPhone and iPod Touch users since their earliest incarnations: does filling then draining your iPod Touch's battery when you first purchase it extend your iPod Touch's battery life? The search to extend the iPod Touch's battery life has taken people to their most creative, and sometimes bizarre, ends. The internet is littered with different tips for extending the iPod Touch's battery life, but over all of these methods for extending battery life, the bottom line has simply been in lowering the overall energy use by the iPod Touch. The only tip that tends to stray from this model is one that suggests filling then draining your iPod Touch's battery will improve battery life. Here is a look into this filling and draining rumor to see if there is any truth to it.

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    The Logic

    The logic of filling then draining your iPod Touch battery to improve battery life is around the idea that you need to properly weather the battery in your iPod Touch. This process is actually recommended by Apple under the idea that for "proper maintenance of a lithium-based battery, it’s important to keep the electrons in it moving occasionally." What this really means is that they want you to go through a complete battery cycle about once a month and actually recommend that you set a calendar reminder for this. This is still a relatively vague set of reasons for filling then draining your iPod Touch battery to improve battery life, but it is still recommended. This idea is not, on the other hand, usually present amongst the tips for extending battery life en masse as it is not usually recognized as a likely scenario for extending the life of your iPod Touch battery.

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    New iPod Touch

    If you are going to go through the process of filling then draining your iPod Touch battery to improve battery life, you should do this right out of the box. When you first get your iPod Touch, charge it so that it is completely full and then engage in standard iPod Touch use. Let it drain completely and shut off on its own before putting it in for a regular charge. Make sure that you format and upload music to your iPod Touch on the very first charge and do not charge your iPod Touch on a wall charger the first time around. This will allow you to actually have content to use to drain your battery life. Beyond the first time you fill then drain your iPod Touch's battery to extend battery life, you are not going to find that this is a very pertinent option for extending the iPod Touch battery life. Instead you should be focusing on darkening your iPod Touch's screen, keeping Auto-Lock on when you are not using it, and keeping your iPod Touch out of extremely hot or cold areas.19103206 1