I ordered a new iPad this afternoon, and paid plenty for it, so I'd like someone to enlighten me about the whole battery life/charging thing. I don't quite understand what the Apple chat fella told me. He leads me to believe that I should use my iPad until about 10% battery life is left, then charge to a full 100%. Do not use it while it's charging....or you damage the battery. If that's the case, that would explain why my old iPad is now giving me so much trouble. I never knew you couldn't use it while it was charging. Just seems impractical to me to expect me to not use it for the 2-3 hours it takes to reach 100% charge. True???
I've never heard/read that you're not supposed to use it while the device is plugged in and charging. I hook mine up to one of those 'extra battery/chargers' and use it whenever it's running low, or I'm watching downloaded movie on a longer flight where there's no access to a 'charging station'. It will take a bit longer to fully charge obviously. I also noticed that the area of the iPad where it's battery is located gets warm, and some 'experts' claim that this may shorten the life of the battery. You should let it run down about once a month to keep the battery meter correctly calibrated, but other than that, any combination of charge / discharge is fine in my opinion.
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