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Old 06-09-03, 08:54 PM
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Best way to care for a new laptop battery?

Just bought a laptop...

Just wondering are there any tricks on keeping good care of the battery?

Currently, I unplug/remove the battery entirely when I'm on A/C.

Is that good? bad?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-09-03, 08:56 PM
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That's probably a good idea.

If it's a Li-ion you don't need to do anything else, maybe a full discharge and charge every once in a while. NiMH likes more frequent full discharges and charges.
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That's what I do. When I know I will be using AC for an extended time, I will take the battery out.
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also.. when you run on battery..
run it till its almost completely dead..

do not run on battery for 10 minutes and then plug it back up.. otherwise you will end up with a battery conditioned to only have 10 minutes of life
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Originally posted by twikoff
also.. when you run on battery..
run it till its almost completely dead..

do not run on battery for 10 minutes and then plug it back up.. otherwise you will end up with a battery conditioned to only have 10 minutes of life
I didn't think the newer batteries had a memory? Or was that a certain kind do and a certain kind don't?
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Regardless of what you do, your battery's life will shrink to about 1/2 in a year or two. If you really need portable power a year or two from now, just buy a new battery.
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Originally posted by Sdallnct
I didn't think the newer batteries had a memory? Or was that a certain kind do and a certain kind don't?
well.. i know they have some type of memory.. because you can still callobrate (sp?) some of them if you have problems..

but its the dell guys that keep going on and on about conditioning your batteries early to have longer life.. and saying that if you condition it to have a short life, it will.

batteries are a little low tech for me.. so I just take their advice on that one
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Some laptops have a battery utility that will optimize battery usage. If it's a Li-ion battery, you don't have to fully discharge it like you did a NiMH or a NiC. Don't worry about special battery care...
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