Laptop Battery Charger

One of the major things that can make or break your laptop experience is having a reliable battery charger. How annoying would it be to go to your favorite WiFi cafe only to learn that your power cord is so short you have to sit on the floor with your coffee? Or what if you currently have a power adapter and you lose it? You need to know what kind of charger to get and where to get it if you run into that kind of emergency.

Laptop battery chargers are specifically made for each for each brand and model. They vary in power capacity, chemistry, design and other factors. Once you have located the right kind of adapter, know where you can get another in case of an emergency. You never know when you will lose your adapter. It is more affordable to buy adapters online as opposed to at a store, so you may even consider having a back-up just in case. You can keep one at home and another in your laptop bag.

Laptop adapters are what courses the electricity through your computer. A charge of a laptop battery can’t last forever without the assistance of an adapter. In fact, many will barely last an hour on their own. It is important to be selective in purchasing your adapter because some can get too hot and overheat. These devices range in length from abut three to six feet, so keep this in mind when making your purchase. Imagine where you will be using your laptop and what kind of length you will need in your power cord. Wattage of these devices can range from 60 to 230 watts, with an output on average of about 19 volts. Be sure to fully explore your warranty before buying, and keep all packaging and paperwork so that you can redeem warranty services if need be.

There are all kinds of power adapters out there. Some are compatible for cars, airplanes and the traditional wall outlet. Once you find the perfect adapter, be sure to follow these tips to make sure your battery lasts long, in some cases as long as 2 or 3 years:

  • Monitor the brightness levels of your screen. Your screen can be a major drain to battery power.
  • Use programs that require less memory, and keep programs closed that you are not using.
  • Control the volume of your speakers.
  • When possible, run programs from the hard drive as opposed to the CD or DVD drive. The key is not to tax your computer any more that is necessary.
  • Turn off your laptop when you’re not using it.
  • If you don’t need a program on your laptop, get rid of it.

Most portable devices these days use lithium batteries. There are many benefits of these batteries, the most notable being that they do not suffer from the “memory effect.” The memory effect is when a battery gradually loses its power capacity when it is not fully charged and fully discharged. Additionally, the lithium batteries do not contain toxic materials such as Cadmium or Mercury, making it friendlier for the environment compared to other batteries. Finally, lithium batteries put out the same power but weigh 20 to 35 percent less than more traditional types of batteries. Be sure to properly dispose of your laptop battery after it dies. Phone your garbage collection company or local government recycling program to find out how.

Be careful where you store your adapter. Keep it away from pets or children who could chew the cables. Store in a safe, dry place away from the extreme elements.

This Laptop Battery Charger Review is Written/Updated on Jul 17th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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