Now that i am getting into photography, i got my self my first real laptop.
I have been wondering how to care for my battery to get the most life out of it.
With today's tech i assume that all batteries in laptops and phones are Li-ion batteries.
What is the proper way to care for these batteries?
I see a bunch of different advice, but often it is an older post and not specific to the type of battery, so it is a bit confusing on how to care for them.
Do i always want to use my charger with my battery at home keeping the battery at 100% charge?
Do i remove my battery at home and just use the power cord?
Do i just use the battery and run it down to 40-50% then plug in the laptop to 100% or do i run the battery dead?
Can i leave the laptop plugged in and turned off even if the battery is at 100%?
when i first get the laptop or device to i want to fully discharge the battery then fully charge it?
Should i cycle the batter every couple of months (discharge to 0% than recharge to 100%)?
I see there is somewhat of a guide here:
Here is an interesting question asked in the thread:
Rebelord says:Aren't new or newer 'type' of batter chargers, specifically laptop ones supposed to be 'Smart'; in that they stop charging once the circuit deems its at 100% capacity? (i asked this above but with different wording).
Here's a tip a really smart person gave me a while back:
STAY INSIDE THE 20's.
Charge to 80% or so, unplug it and use it to 20% or so, repeat. Charging to full is fine if you're not using it.
Me and my sister have had identical MacBooks purchased around the same time, I follow the rule, she doesn't pay attention, she's had to replace her battery while mine is as good as the day I got it.
Follow that simple rule as much as you can and you should get as much use from your Li-Ion as possible.
*Beers says that that advice is bad.*
Or if need be, is the thread posted in the "hardware news" forum, something that should be posted here also?
HW Monitor shows the wear on your laptops battery. I assume it will show this for at least newer laptops.
Edited by micro5797 - 1/4/12 at 11:01am