Notebook Battery

All notebook batteries depreciate as time passes. It is just the truth and there is no escaping it. So, while once you had an extremely efficient notebook the portability of which made all the difference in satisfying your needs to the fullest, now you are quite thoroughly wired. Take mine for instance, I never even have an occasion to remember I actually have a battery unless I decide to relive the old days. However you never see the Lithium-Ion battery manufacturers admitting it!

An average Li-Ion battery for a notebook will operate fully for an average of three hundred to eight hundred cycles of charging and recharging. This would generally mean from, one to three years. This is because the materials inside the battery react with each other because of the suitable environment. However, this process can be slowed down, and all that is required is a little bit of extra attention to your battery.

Temperature is the number one enemy of your battery. High temperatures are created when the battery is left connected on AC power for extended durations. This can be easily prevented by removing the battery when it is not being used. While this means you will not be able to rely on the battery during power outages, and thus might end up losing unsaved work and data, it will at least slow down the process of aging your battery is undergoing. The same thing can be caused if the notebook is for example left out in the sun. In fact storing your battery in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator is actually the best method to preserve a battery! However always allow it to return to room temperature before usage.

The battery life also depends on the amount of usage of the notebook on battery. The average ahs been rated at between 300 to 800 cycles of charging and discharging. Leaving the battery inside the notebook while functioning on AC can also result in quick discharge of the battery. For lithium ion batteries, it is also more healthy to undergo several partial discharge cycles rather one complete discharge, if the full discharge is done frequently and rapidly. This is because once the charging process reaches a level that has been set from before such as 95%, discharging automatically begins to occur. Thus charging to a lower parameter is more recommended, the optimum being 40%. However, calibration is mandatory. This can be done by making the laptop undergo one full discharge per thirty charges. This allows the fuel gauge to retain its accuracy.

The hardware too matters. For those with 17 inch screens, the battery discharges faster. The usage of the DVD drive results in the same scenario. However it is also important to use the in-built software of the notebook to assess the battery-wear level so as to keep an eye on it.

So you had trouble with your first battery since you did not take any precautionary measures. While purchasing the second one, maybe you would like some tips. Be careful about the battery-life the notebooks promise. If for example, it says that the notebook has a battery life of five hours, that is the time the battery would live out for if the pc is kept at a standstill and sporting a plain black screensaver. For a more functioning laptop, two to three hours is the most it can go. To offset these scenarios, buying a second battery or buying a laptop that will be able to accommodate two batteries could be an option. You could also educate yourself further about the amount of cells every battery has – the more cells, the more the capacity. The pricing too would differ. For example a 9-cell battery from Dell will cost around $45, while a 12-cell battery from Compaq ranges at $54.92. Apply computers require batteries higher up the price range with $125 being the optimum.

However, batteries are not like notebooks, that you would need careful evaluation and the scanning of pages after pages of user reviews to carefully gauge estimates and expectations. All sorts of batteries will supply you with the function you need, only if kept properly.

This Notebook Battery Review is Written/Updated on Nov 10th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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