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Make Your Notebook Battery Last Longer

Tips for getting the most out of your notebook batteries

Notebook batteries are expensive, often costing well over $100! The longer you can make your notebook batteries last, the more money you'll save. It doesn't take many replacement notebook batteries to add up to what you paid for the entire computer!

Factors that can lead to the premature failure of notebook batteries:

  • The more often a notebook battery is charged and discharged, the quicker it will fail.
  • If you always recharge your battery after each use even if you only use the computer for a few minutes, it will need to be replaced sooner.
  • Every time you allow your notebook battery to discharge 100%, it will recharge to a slightly lower level the next time. If you do this often, your batteries won't last very long at all.
  • The heat produced by prolonged use and leaving it on the charger for extended periods can degrade a notebook battery very quickly.
Tips for making your notebook batteries last longer:
  • Don't recharge your notebook battery until it is about 80% discharged. Since you'll be subjecting it to fewer charge/discharge cycles it will last longer.
  • Use the battery as little as possible. Remove it and plug the PC into an AC power source whenever you can.
  • If you plan to store a notebook battery for an extended period, don't recharge it first.
  • Never allow your notebook batteries to discharge completely.
  • Store you batteries in a cool place (around 60 degrees F seems to work best).

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