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I've been doing a good job at keeping the battery in good condition I think. What I do is charge it until its done, and don't charge it until it dies. I won't plug it in at all until it's dead. From what I always heard, that's the way your supposed to do it, right? I also let it either Fold, or play games while charging. But anyways, I was letting it charge last nite (it was completely off) and I fell asleep on accident. Middle of the nite I woke up up and was like because I forgot to unplug it when it was done. So I unplugged it and went back to sleep. Well I'm looking at HWmonitor now and I'm at 3% wear level! I just got this on Monday.

Designed Capacity: 57720

Full Charge Capacity: 52922

Is that what messed it up? Should I still continue with letting the battery die then charging it like normal? I want to stay away from wear on the battery as much as I can so any help would be much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by XanderDylan View Post
I've been doing a good job at keeping the battery in good condition I think. What I do is charge it until its done, and don't charge it until it dies. I won't plug it in at all until it's dead. From what I always heard, that's the way your supposed to do it, right? I also let it either Fold, or play games while charging. But anyways, I was letting it charge last nite (it was completely off) and I fell asleep on accident. Middle of the nite I woke up up and was like because I forgot to unplug it when it was done. So I unplugged it and went back to sleep. Well I'm looking at HWmonitor now and I'm at 3% wear level! I just got this on Monday.

Designed Capacity: 57720

Full Charge Capacity: 52922

Is that what messed it up? Should I still continue with letting the battery die then charging it like normal? I want to stay away from wear on the battery as much as I can so any help would be much appreciated.
When your laptop battery hits 100% charged you don't need to unplug it because the laptop will stop charging the battery on it's own.
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How old is it? Batteries just lose capacity as they age.
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How old is it? Batteries just lose capacity as they age.
About 5 or 6 days old.
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post #5 of 21
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When your laptop battery hits 100% charged you don't need to unplug it because the laptop will stop charging the battery on it's own.
Are you sure? My mom's laptop is always plugged in and hers is about 3 years old or so and she has about 10 minutes of battery life if he unplugs it. But then again, her's is older so they might have changed things with batteries?
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Are you sure? My mom's laptop is always plugged in and hers is about 3 years old or so and she has about 10 minutes of battery life if he unplugs it. But then again, her's is older so they might have changed things with batteries?
Yes it should if it's working right.

Also My new MSI laptop wont even try recharging the battery unless it's under 90% full
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Originally Posted by v3dgames View Post
Yes it should if it's working right.

Also My new MSI laptop wont even try recharging the battery unless it's under 90% full
Okay.

Yeah I haven't even tried to charge it at around that state because I don't want to risk loss in battery life. I use to do that with my old laptop but my old one sucked and this one is very good and I'd like to keep the battery in good shape for a while. After all, I spent $700 on it. :\\
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This may sound odd but when i had my asus gamer laptop once the battery was charged i would remove it because most of the time i was on wall power anyway , but heres the thing once the battery is at 100% capacity it gets really warm , high heat for extended amounts of time can damage a battery and also contribute to higher thermals for the rest of your laptop raising overall temps believe or not this was done on purpose
by some laptop makers because once they are out of warranty you buy new batteries and over time the batteries will end up costing more than your laptop cost



PS ...not all batteries have this issue this tends to be restricted to gaming laptops with inadequate cooling or laptops with thick cheap plastic casing that doesnt let heat escape
    
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Okay.

Yeah I haven't even tried to charge it at around that state because I don't want to risk loss in battery life. I use to do that with my old laptop but my old one sucked and this one is very good and I'd like to keep the battery in good shape for a while. After all, I spent $700 on it. :\\
But if your always using the laptop battery even when you could have it just plugged it don't you think that is hurting it's life even more?
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This may sound odd but when i had my asus gamer laptop once the battery was charged i would remove it because most of the time i was on wall power anyway , but heres the thing once the battery is at 100% capacity it gets really warm , high heat for extended amounts of time can damage a battery and also contribute to higher thermals for the rest of your laptop raising overall temps believe or not this was done on purpose
by some laptop makers because once they are out of warranty you buy new batteries and over time the batteries will end up costing more than your laptop cost



PS ...not all batteries have this issue this tends to be restricted to gaming laptops with inadequate cooling or laptops with thick cheap plastic casing that doesnt let heat escape
Idk if they would consider my laptop "gaming" but it sure games like a beast! My temps have been pretty good too even with my 725MHz core clock from 673MHz. Max GPU temp is around 78C, max CPU temp is about 85C.

Link to laptop if you wanna see it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230096
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