How to Increase the Life of Your Laptop Battery

Extending the Life of Your Battery

Damaging your laptop battery is the easiest way to kill it. The 2 most common ways to damage it is by overloading the battery and overheating it. Here’s how to avoid both.

When you use your lap as a table for your laptop, use a cooling pad to avoid overheating.

Don’t use a pillow or other soft surface to prop up your computer. Another easy way for overheating.

Keep your desk area clean. Dust is everywhere and it easily accumulates on your computer which will eventually clog your vents and fan. It’s harder to clean your laptop once the dust gets inside so dusting and cleaning it often will avoid this. A can of compressed air will help clean out the dust already there.

Avoid leaving your computer where the temperature exceeds 85 degrees Fahrenheit such as inside your car.

If you plug into an electrical outlet when using your computer, take out your laptop’s battery. Avoid getting the battery contacts dirty. Rubbing alcohol will clean it if need be.

If your laptop uses a lithium ion battery, you don’t have to let the battery get low and recharge constantly like the older nickel-metal hydride batteries.  It’s really better to only partially discharge the lithium ion battery before you recharge it.  Fully discharge the battery only after every 30 or so discharges.

A battery overload happens when your AC adapter’s wattage is larger than noted on your laptop and battery or your laptop’s circuitry frequently overcharges it. Make sure your AC adapter is what’s required for your laptop. If you’re using an adapter that didn’t come with the laptop, make sure the specifications are correct. No need to do this if you’re using the adapter that came with the computer. The worst that can happen is an overload damaging your computer’s motherboard.

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If you follow these guidelines, you’ll not only increase the life of your battery but also the life of your computer.

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  6. i also know some tips to extend battery life.When charging the Battery Pack for the first time, the device may indicate that charging is complete after just 10 or 15 minutes. This is a normal with rechargeable batteries. New Battery are hard for the device to charge; they have never been fully charged and not “broken in”.Sometimes the device's charger will stop charging a new battery before it is fully charged. If this happens, remove the battery from the device and then reinsert it. The charge cycle should begin again. This may happen several times during the first battery charge. Don't worry, it's perfectly normal.

  7. keyboard and screen preferences vary from person to person, I strongly urge all laptop shoppers to try out models they are considering before buying, even if only for a few minutes at a retail store. Having said that, I find the MacBook Pro keyboard to be very comfortable and easy to use, with good key spacing and feel. I personally prefer matte screens to glossy ones, but own laptops with both types and find the glossy ones acceptable, if not optimal.

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