What Should I Know About Laptop Batteries? - Ask The Laptop Advisor

What Should I Know About Laptop Batteries? - Ask The Laptop Advisor
By , Last updated on: 12/3/2014

If you use your notebook on the move a lot, you will notice that as time goes by, you will run out of power faster than usual. Laptop batteries are usually the first casualties of a computer’s old age. Here’s how to prolong their life expectancy and how/where to purchase a new one.

One of the habits that should be acquired is to let the battery run out juice from time to time. According to people who know far more than I do, apparently laptop batteries have a memory and the more they are recharged when not completely dry, the more they figure that the charging point is when it has run out of power.

Another tip of preserving laptop batteries is to disconnect them from your unit if you won’t be using it for a long time. Of course by the time you switch it back on, some of the settings will have to be updated to reflect the current time.

My advice to those who fly or travel a lot is to carry at least two laptop batteries on them each time. I would even venture to add that the more you lug around, the better as sometimes you simply don’t find the time to recharge them.

Oh yes, before I forget… when you recharge your laptop batteries or any batter for that matter make sure that they are charged completely according to the manufacturer’s provided guidelines.

What you do with your computer while running on battery power will greatly influence how long it lasts. The more processing power computer use, the faster laptop batteries run out of juice. So, you might want to limit DVD watching or do subtle things such as closing unnecessary applications, reduce the screen’s brightness and basically focus on the single task that you turned your computer on for, in the first place.

Thanks to the wonderful world of Internet retailers competing against each other on prices to get our (consumers) attention, prices of laptop batteries have drastically dropped as the years have rolled on.

Watch out though! Make sure that you get the right battery for your laptop. Check your user guide for exact specifications. You don’t want to receive it and sadly realize that you’ve wasted your money or worse, you don’t want the thing exploding in your face. I don’t mean to scare you but lately it seems that laptop batteries are being recalled in massive numbers because they have been causing fires!

Where should you start your hunt for good laptop batteries’ deals? I would start at shopping search engines of course or check out (below) my nifty list of laptop dealers who will without a doubt sell batteries too.

Should you purchase your replacement battery straight from the manufacturer? Yes as it’s the safest bet but it will usually be more expensive for you as they don’t practice price matching.


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