Extending the Life of Your Laptop’s Battery

Over time, your laptop’s battery loses its ability to hold a charge. This means that even though it is fully charged, the actual amount of power it can hold is going down.

Some of the telltale signs that your battery is deteriorating are shorter use times, and shorter times to recharge. If you notice the amount of time you can spend unplugged is going down, your battery has most likely lost a lot of its ability to hold a charge. If your computer turn off or hibernate unexpectedly even if the battery meter shows ample capacity remaining, then your battery is in really bad shape.

Battery deterioration is inevitable, but you can definitely slow it down.Here are some ways you can extend the life of your laptop’s battery:

  • Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and maintaining your battery. Only use a charger and power cord provided by the manufacturer.

  • Don’t let your battery get too hot or cold. Most laptops have lithium-based batteries, which should be kept in temperatures between 50 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot battery is a sign of problem. It is one common sign that the battery isn’t working properly. When you notice that your battery is getting too hot, stop using it right away.Ensure that your battery is not exposed to extreme temperatures as batteries work best at room temperatures.

  • Don’t keep your computer plugged in all the time. The best way to use your laptop’s battery is to discharge and then recharge it accordingly. Never let your battery run down before you recharge it. And if you’re like most people, you probably keep your laptop plugged in when you’re at work or home. Stop doing that to your machine as it is not good for your battery. Once your laptop hits 100 percent, unplug it.

  • Be cautious of long periods of inactivity. If you don’t use your PC’s battery for long periods of time, then ensure it has around a half charge. A depleted battery can die for good if not recharged soon enough. It is best to keep using and properly charge your battery.
  • Pay attention to hibernation modes. Ideally, your laptop go into hibernation mode before the battery is totally drained or during downtime when you don’t be use the laptop for a while. But don’t rely on hibernation modes too much.  Constantly forcing your laptop to hibernate just to save the battery, aren’t really saving your battery.
  • Give your laptop some TLC. Take the time to care for your laptop’s battery. Take the battery out from time to time and show it a little love. Detaching your battery will give you an opportunity to clean it with a soft cloth. Make sure to get rid of any dust.

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