|ijack, I worked as a technician at a battery manufacturing plant for 9 years, I am aware of what a cycle is.|
Everything you describe is relating to old NiCad ot nickel metal hydride technology. Leaving a lithium ion battery battery in a semi discharged state will not cause the battery to loose the remaining charge, nor is it damaging.
"The advice that some manufacturers give of a near full discharge (followed by an immediate recharge) is not to prolong the battery life but to recalibrate the remaining time counter"
Yes, I know, I stated that in my first post.
And technically you can't fully discharge a litium ion battery. The battery pack itself has monitoring circuits in it and will shut the pack off when it reached a certain level of discharge so it can't ruin the battery.
Yes, the advice Fingers gave was excellent, he even restated a couple of points I had made.