1. Hotdogtree's Avatar
    I have one simple question, does my Playbook need a full 24 hour/overnight charge before I can safely unplug it? Or can I charge it for a few hours, unplug it, move it somewhere else, plug it in again, or whatever, will that ruin the battery?
    12-22-11 06:27 PM
  2. Chaddface's Avatar
    Just charge it when you have time. No rules to be followed. Once the lightning bolt goes away it's charged.
    12-22-11 06:29 PM
  3. Hotdogtree's Avatar
    So as soon as it says its charged, I'm ok to unplug it?
    12-22-11 06:58 PM
  4. Altarocks's Avatar
    Yep. I don't know if it is still suggested to fully charge before the first use - there are so many longstanding battery myths that folks cling to that there seems to be conflicting info for everything. Wait till the charge indicator disappears on your first charge and you don't have to worry about it.

    Once you're up and running Battery Guru is a great app to give you some insight into what's happening with your battery. You can also see the charging profile graphically, and how the charge tapers off during the last 10% of capacity. Pretty cool app.
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    12-22-11 07:39 PM
  5. Chaddface's Avatar
    So as soon as it says its charged, I'm ok to unplug it?
    Yes. You can unplug whenever you need to. If your using oem chargers you will be fine plugging and unplugging whenever you have the need. The batteries used in modern electronics are much more forgiving.

    I think the worry comes from the ni-cad days.
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    12-22-11 07:59 PM
  6. Hotdogtree's Avatar
    Thank you very much!
    12-23-11 10:13 AM
  7. Unsure2's Avatar
    I often try new electronic devices before charging them, and have never ruined a battery, knock on wood. I believe the reason it's best to charge a LiIon first, even if for a little while, is that the lithium ion battery's charging circuit will refuse to try to charge it if its voltage drops too low. There's a theoretical chance of that happening if the device was left on and discharged the battery until it turned off, then the device sat around in a warehouse while the battery discharged further to that danger point. However, that's unlikely ever to be the case with a new device unless the battery is defective. It's probably much more likely to happen later, when the battery's ability to hold a charge has declined significantly, and the device is left uncharged for a long time (i.e., many months).
    12-23-11 04:17 PM