A few days back, my father asked if it was possible to have his laptop battery refilled instead of being replaced.
Meanwhile, I remember a couple of months back, a friend of mine also asked me if it was safe to recell or repack a laptop battery.
From experience, I’d say that it’s actually a good idea.
A laptop’s essential purpose is to provide portable computing and if your battery dies on you within an hour, then you could be missing out on one of the primary advantages of having a laptop.
However, although it’s cheaper to repack a laptop battery than buying replacements, it is nonetheless quite pricey. Currently, expect to spend at least P2,000 for it.
Thus, I’d like to give you some tips on how you can extend the life your original laptop battery.
The technician whom I was able to talk to gave these suggestions and swears that if you’re diligent enough to follow these advise, then your battery can last as long as your laptop and will consequently, save you money.
Tips To Extend Your Laptop Battery Life:
- Make your laptop use less energy
- Minimize startup programs, you can start working faster too
- Unplug unnecessary USB devices, they hog the power of your laptop
- Keep the CD/DVD drive empty, remove disks that are not in use
- Work in a well-lit place so you can minimize the brightness of the screen
- Set the monitor to turn off instead of using a screensaver when idle
- Choose hibernate instead of sleep
- Store your laptop in a cool place. Clean the air vents regularly. Heat deteriorates the battery.
- Use original adaptors or one with the correct specifications
- Remove the battery and just plug-in if you’re planning to use it for several hours and an outlet is available
The last one is perhaps one of the most controversial of all issues regarding laptop batteries. I’ve found a related question over at About.com and I thought it may be good to share it.
Should I remove the laptop battery for a desktop replacement laptop?
When using a laptop as a desktop replacement the battery should not be left in for long periods of time. The laptop will over time discharge the battery. Remove the battery – making sure that it is charged to 40% and store it in a dry, warm place. Ensure that it is wrapped protectively and nothing will be dropped on it.
The battery should be re-installed every 3-4 weeks and allowed to fully discharge. Leaving a battery in storage for longer than this without using could cause the battery to fully discharge as the circuitry of the battery itself consumes power.
Leaving a battery in a laptop while using an electrical outlet for long periods of time will keep the battery in a constant state of charging up and that will reduce the life cycle of the battery.
Remember that when you have removed the battery from a laptop while using with an electrical outlet – the automatic battery backup is no longer functional. Make sure to plug your laptop into an uninterrupted power source (UPS) not directly into an outlet or surge protector.
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