How to Correctly Care for Your Laptop Battery – Learn From The Pros!

How to Correctly Charge Your Laptop Battery

 
Your laptop batteries deserve special care. Many people focus on other attributes of a laptop; monitor size, resolution, RAM, storage capacity, etc. Typically, the most overlooked aspect of a laptop is its main life-blood – its battery! It isn’t as simple as you may think to care for these batteries; but definitely worth the trouble – you must keep in mind there is a correct way to charge your laptop battery. Due to insufficient steps being taken in care for the batteries, laptop owners are forced to replace their batteries earlier than they would like, increasing the total cost of ownership. If you would like to continue getting the most from your laptop battery use, you’ll find in this article a guide to go off of in order to ensure your laptop’s battery stays fresh – for longer.

 

Will It Harm My Laptop to Leave it Constantly Plugged In?

A frequent question among laptop owners; the answer? A resounding “yes”. Laptop batteries are comprised of lithium batteries, and to avoid getting into the details of how lithium batteries work, it can be boiled down to a single suggestion: keep your laptop’s charge between the range of 40%-80%. The more the batteries discharge, the less charge they will be able to hold for as long of a period of time compared to when they were new. Conversely, charging them continually to 100% will weaken them as well. Another reason to avoid undercharging – and overcharging, is to ensure that your batteries do not overheat! This is a huge problem if it happens, and definitely a scenario you should avoid at all costs. One thing to note, you don’t have to go overboard in the care of your battery. Keeping it plugged in every once in a while won’t kill it – most batteries, when fully charged, will cut off power incoming to the battery. In most cases, this will not cause major harm to the battery, but should be avoided as a precaution.

Should I Let my Laptop Die Before I Let it Charge?

As stated before – not a good idea! Letting your battery discharge fully can decrease your battery’s total capacity. Lithium batteries have a limited amount of charge cycles; meaning their use is not infinite. As a rule of thumb, try to keep your laptop battery’s charge between 40%-80%.

Got Any Tips for Me?

Absolutely. Here are a few ways to get the most out of your battery. Because some laptops do not have removable batteries, and internal fans don’t have an infinite life-span either, some additional steps should be taken to maximize battery life.

  • Make sure your laptop’s battery charge does not drain completely. Best practice is to keep the charge between 40%-80% to ensure proper battery capacity.
  • Keep a watchful eye on your battery’s temperature. Getting too hot? Check the laptop’s task manager to see if your CPU usage is too high; if so, consider exiting high-intensity programs. Also, place your computer on a cool, flat surface. Keeping a laptop on your lap, ironically, can cause issues.
  • Don’t continually leave your laptop plugged in. Even though it isn’t as harmful as it used to be thanks to newer battery cutoff technology, it’s still a good idea to let the laptop be independent of its cord.
  • Lithium batteries charged to a full 100% have a very limited amount of power cycles - somewhere between 350 and 550 charge and discharge cycles. If you maintain the levels between 40%-80%, you can get 3-4 times that!

Curious to learn more? Check out more laptop charging tips on the proper care for your laptop battery on PC Mag’s website. Their tips and tricks will definitely help you in your mission to be a better care-taker for your workhorse. This includes keeping your laptop in battery-saver mode, or an economy mode if it has it. This will lessen the amount of power that your laptop draws, extending the life of the battery even further. Maximize those gains!

I Have More Questions!

And we’ve got plenty of answers. If you need assistance with your laptop, or are curious about further steps you can take to ensure you’re going to charge your laptop battery correctly, StormND Simple IT is your go-to IT consulting and service hub. We are based in Salinas and proudly serve the city and the surrounding areas. Contact our dedicated IT staff at 831-272-4085, reach out via email at Help@StormND.com – or fill simply click below to get started!

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