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Old 05-17-2007, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it ok to charge my blackberry 8703e overnight? Typically, when I go to sleep at night, I charge the BB and it charges overnight for 9-12 hours.

Is that ok for the battery? I know on other phones, Verizon reps told me that it damages the battery over the long term by charging for more than 4 hours or so. Can anyone confirm what the appopriate measure is?

Old 05-17-2007, 09:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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omg, I wish I got that much sleep at night...

I do leave mine plugged in overnight - usually 7 hrs during the week, and longer on the weekend (cuz 5:30am just ain't happening in this house on Saturday & Sunday). Never had a problem with any device battery (had 7510, 7520, 7100i, and 8800c, and now 7130e).
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Old 05-17-2007, 09:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You should always break in a new battery. This means discharging completely (ie. until the phone turns off) and then charging completely three separate times. I know most people say this is no longer necessary with "smart" batteries, but I have practiced this on every phone I have ever had and my batteries never need replacement while others constantly complain their batteries no longer hold a charge.

The idea behind this is that the battery needs to "know" and set its capacity levels. Both low and high. When you start out a new battery and never let it die it will never reach it's low point and will therefore result in less capacity.

After that initial break in period, you can then charge the battery whenever and for as much as you like. Newer batteries have a charge cycle count. Whenever you let it fully drain it counts as one cycle. If you let it only drain 50% on one day and then charge fully, and then let it drain again 50% the next day and fully charge, you have only used one charge cycle. It also helps to perform a full discharge/charge cycle every once in a while.

whew...hope that made sense. Bottom line is break in the battery and then charge as you like.

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Old 05-17-2007, 09:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Every BB I've ever had I've charged overnight. I had a 7520 and even with the extended batt I charged every night. Have an 8703 now and do the same thing. I've never had any problems.
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