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Knowing how to take care of your notebook or laptop battery will prolong its lif

e saving you from buying a replacement or a second battery.

Taking care of your notebook or laptop battery is as important as taking care of
the laptop or notebook itself. It s the very thing that makes it mobile in the fi
rst place. Properly taking care of your battery will prolong its life.
That s why when I read an article by Chris Yano on a forum on a
bout notebook batteries, I can t help but share the information here for all of yo
u to know. I know several ways to take care of a laptop battery, but Chris articl
e makes it crystal clear. The article may be 2 years old, but the information he
provided is still applicable today. (Read on below to quickly know how to take
care of your laptop or notebook battery or you can go directly to Chris Yano s art
icle using the link above)
Note: Since majority (if not all) of laptop or notebook batteries manufactured n
owadays are Li-ion batteries, that is what we will be discussing here. If in dou
bt, check your battery if it s Li-ion. There s a very big chance that it is.

Lifespan of a Notebook or Laptop Battery

Let s first talk about the general lifespan of a battery. Most people believe that
laptop batteries last at about 1 3 years with normal use (what is normal use an
yway?). What most people don t know is that laptop or notebook batteries deteriora
te over time regardless if you use it or not.
Discouraging isn t it? So by the time your battery was made, it s already slowly get
ting worn out even when it s not being used. Your batteries age whether you use it o
r not.
Besides the natural aging of batteries, notebook batteries have a specific numbe
r of charge/recharge cycles. Chris Yano pointed out in his article that there ar
e about 300 800 charge/recharge cycles in a battery. After this, it would gradua
lly lose its charge capacity rather than just fail to power up the laptop. You ll
start noticing this when the usual 3 hour charge capacity of your notebook batte
ry decreases. A really noticeable bad or worn out battery would only be able to
hold charge for about 15 30 mins of power.
So now that we know that batteries deteriorate whether we use it or not, and tha
t it has a specific number of charge cycles only, how do we take care of a lapto
p or notebook battery so as to prolong it s life?

Tips and Techniques to Prolong your Notebook / Laptop Battery s Life

Chris Yano has several tips to prolong your notebook battery s life:

1. Avoid frequent full discharging of laptop batteries

Unlike older types of batteries, Li-Ion batteries do not need regular complete d
ischarges before recharging. In fact regularly discharging batteries would damag
e Li-Ion batteries and result in loss of capacity. Partial recharging is actuall
y better as less charge capacity per cycle is lost. It is recommended that we ch
arge at a 10% to 20% level.

2. Calibrate Your Laptop/Notebook Battery

Sometimes you ll notice your battery isn t charging up to 100%. It may charge only u
p to 80% to 99% of its gauge and then stop charging. This is an indication that
you need to calibrate your battery to maintain its gauge accuracy.
To calibrate your battery just consume the battery power until the computer cuts
off the power or automatically shuts down or sleeps. After that you can then fu
lly recharge it up to 100%.
It s recommended that you calibrate your battery after every 30 partial charges.

3. Consider removing the battery from the Laptop/Notebook

When you re on A/C power most of the time, you should consider removing your batte
ry from the laptop or notebook. By removing the battery and just running it pure
ly in A/C power, you get two benefits.
First, you preserve the charge cycles of your battery. If the battery isn t insert
ed in your laptop, you are sure that it isn t charging (or trickle charging) and c
onsuming charging cycles from your laptop battery.
Second, the battery s temperature is lower as it receives less heat (heat from the
laptop, and heat from the charging). Lower temperatures slow down the abovement
ioned aging (or deterioration) of the battery making it good for the battery.
It s recommended that the notebook battery is charged to 40% if you do plan to rem
ove it from the laptop and store it for a long time.
This is my most used technique in trying to prolong my laptop battery s life as I
always connect my laptop in A/C power. I always carry my laptop s power adaptor an
d the places I go always have a power socket. You should assess if removing the
battery is really feasible for you.
You can also store the laptop battery in the refrigerator (not in the freezer!)
if you do remove it from your notebook. This would really protect the laptop bat
tery from heat. Always put it in a sealed plastic bag when you put it in the ref
rigerator to keep the moisture out. Remember to let it warm to room temperature
before using or recharging it.

There you have it! I hope you learned how to take care of your battery so as to
prolong its life. Thanks to Chris Yano who made the article at the forum of note! I suggest you also read his article. I ve provided a link above.