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Initial post: May 23, 2013 6:07:25 AM PDT
M. Armstrong says:
Should I let the battery drain to empty before recharging or does it matter? May I just recharge whenever convenient or will that hurt the battery?

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 6:09:56 AM PDT
Conventional wisdom for a while was that one should completely drain a battery before recharging to prevent "memory", thus shortening the life of the battery.

However, the newer versions of rechargeables don't have that same behavior. You can charge your Kindle before it goes all the way dead; in fact, that's better for it. Charge it when it gets down between 1/3 and 1/4.

Posted on May 23, 2013 6:13:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2013 6:23:12 AM PDT
Book Trekker says:
With all of my rechargeable batteries, no matter what the device, I recharge at near-fully empty level every four or five charges. Between these charges -- when the "low battery warning" pops up on my Kindle -- I charge when I'll need a full battery-charge and won't be able to charge it for a good reason (like when a severe storm is forecasted that could take out power).

As far as I know, charging a partially charged Paperwhite battery does not hurt it.

Edited post.

Posted on May 23, 2013 6:13:37 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
Letting modern batteries drain all the way can actually be bad for them. Topping them off is fine.

Posted on May 23, 2013 6:17:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2013 6:22:41 AM PDT
Book Trekker says:
I should have said that by "fully charge," I charge when it's just about empty -- when the Kindle "low" notice appears. I'll fix my earlier post.

Posted on May 23, 2013 6:18:18 AM PDT
Julian says:
Like Folina said, batteries don't have the memory problem anymore. They won't become useless if you don't let them drain completely.

Eventually they will begin to lose some of their capacity but it can take a couple years before it is even noticeable.

Posted on May 23, 2013 6:22:06 AM PDT
Book Trekker says:
I have Nikon camera batteries that I've charged this way for several years and they function fine. I once left a Nikon battery in my car trunk all winter (by mistake, of course -- I thought I lost it). When I found it in the spring, it was drained. I charged it and it's functioned fine for nearly two years.

Posted on May 23, 2013 6:22:55 AM PDT
M. Armstrong says:
Thanks for the quick responses. I prefer not letting the battery get too low - feel better about recharging now.
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