When getting a new phone, should I charge it up right away? (Part 2)

Episode 1034 (2:15:01)

Carla from Irvine, CA

Carla wants to know if she would do any damage to her battery if she doesn't charge it right away after first getting it. Leo says to just use it, and it doesn't matter. There's a lot of misinformation about batteries from the earlier days of Nickel Metal Hydride batteries. Lithium Ion batteries have a certain number of cycles in them, typically 500 charges. If she would use half of it and then charge it, then she will have used up half of a cycle. That's all there is to it. In general, it's good to keep the phone plugged in as long as she can so it doesn't use a cycle. She doesn't have to "condition" the battery.