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Old October 1st, 2010, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my new phone (a G2), and I'm super excited. My dad, an electrical engineer, recommended that I plug it in and let it charge fully before first turning the phone on. He also says I should let it drain completely after the first charge, to calibrate the phone's power system.

What do you guys do when you first get a phone? Do you let the battery calibrate? Or does the awesome new phone seduce you into turning it on before it's ready?

Here I sit, watching the little orange light... please turn green, little orange light...

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I charge it completely before unplugging it, but I still use it while it's plugged in the first time. Maybe I've been damaging the battery life of my phones and didn't know.
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Justme, I have heard of this method also. Conditioning the battery..

Charge before use, let it drain down until it turns off by itself, repeat.

I hear its good to do once a month or so...

Good luck with whatever you decide and enjoy the G2!
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You're not supposed to condition your lithium battery. This is a myth. I don't know why people keep insisting on doing it even though it will just kill your battery faster.

How to Make Your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer - wikiHow

#DO NOT fully discharge a lithium-ion battery! Unlike Ni-Cd batteries, lithium-ion batteries' life is shortened every time you fully discharge them. Instead, charge them when the battery meter shows one bar left. Lithium-ion batteries, like most rechargeable batteries, have a set number of charges in them.
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Yep, lithium batteries do not need to be conditioned like older batteries. Its still a good idea to fully charge it when you first get it, but thats all you need to do.
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