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I've read several threads suggesting either removing the battery or letting it in. I've also read that if the temps on the battery are below 60° then it is fine to leave the battery with AC plugged in while gaming. The thing is, isn't it true that when you're gaming, the battery does get charged and overcharging battery can be an issue? also isn't it better to charge battery when computer is turned off or else it loses its life much faster? I need some experts' comments on this because i just don't want to sacrifise my new laptop's battery life...
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I've read several threads suggesting either removing the battery or letting it in. I've also read that if the temps on the battery are below 60° then it is fine to leave the battery with AC plugged in while gaming. The thing is, isn't it true that when you're gaming, the battery does get charged and overcharging battery can be an issue? also isn't it better to charge battery when computer is turned off or else it loses its life much faster? I need some experts' comments on this because i just don't want to sacrifise my new laptop's battery life...

I would just leave the battery in.
I guess it depends on the specific laptop, but as far as I have seen it does no damage (also, as far as I know most laptops won't function without a battery.) My Toshiba's battery lasted about 5 years (although it was pretty worn by about year 3.5 but that is to be expected) and that was with heavy gaming and all-nighters. My cousin's on the other hand, went after about a year and a half and he didn't use it nearly as extensively as I did.
I have also noticed that my new Dell doesn't use the battery when it is plugged in and only charges the battery when it was actually used (relying solely on the AC input when it is present and "ignoring" the battery unless it is in need of charge.)

So my advice is to simply leave the battery and allow the built-in charger to do it's job.
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I don't think HP bothers about those kind of sophesticated softwares..btw i have HP pavillion dv6 (don't remember the whole name but i'll edit it as soon as i get home) though it is the latest one since it is equipped with i7 3rd gen.

I do know that you can remove the battery and use HP laptops solely on AC...
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Yeah but what happens when the power goes out?

Sudden power drops are more dangerous to laptops than desktops because the laptop operates at lower voltages and power requirements. Any spike or drop can kill it really easily. Plus, if you're gonna remove the battery, what's the point of having a laptop over a desktop? If it HAS to be plugged in to turn on, there's no reason to go for a laptop. rolleyes.gif
     
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I would just leave the battery in.
I guess it depends on the specific laptop, but as far as I have seen it does no damage (also, as far as I know most laptops won't function without a battery.) My Toshiba's battery lasted about 5 years (although it was pretty worn by about year 3.5 but that is to be expected) and that was with heavy gaming and all-nighters. My cousin's on the other hand, went after about a year and a half and he didn't use it nearly as extensively as I did.
I have also noticed that my new Dell doesn't use the battery when it is plugged in and only charges the battery when it was actually used (relying solely on the AC input when it is present and "ignoring" the battery unless it is in need of charge.)
So my advice is to simply leave the battery and allow the built-in charger to do it's job.

Personally I wouldn't risk unnecessarily wearing out a battery leaving it plugged in and using the AC adapter. I also would like to know more about your new Dell and how it "ignores" the battery.
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Yeah but what happens when the power goes out?

Sudden power drops are more dangerous to laptops than desktops because the laptop operates at lower voltages and power requirements. Any spike or drop can kill it really easily. Plus, if you're gonna remove the battery, what's the point of having a laptop over a desktop? If it HAS to be plugged in to turn on, there's no reason to go for a laptop. rolleyes.gif

Ever heard of desktop-replacement laptops and gaming laptops with short battery life rolleyes.gif
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My asus does similar to his dell, once the battery reaches 100% it switches to ac only. Once the battery has dropped to around 89-90% the laptop will charge the battery again. EDIT: Right now my battery status is, 96% plugged in not charging.
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Personally I wouldn't risk unnecessarily wearing out a battery leaving it plugged in and using the AC adapter. I also would like to know more about your new Dell and how it "ignores" the battery.

It works the same as a cellphone battery. As Li-ion batteries shouldn't be overcharged the charger monitors the battery, when it is fully charged the charger simply stop providing power to the battery and it no longer charges with the laptop drawing it's power directly from the AC. Then, once the battery's charge has dropped by a certain percentage the charger will once again provide it with power.
I have seen that it has several other options to help prolong battery life. Mine is currently set to monitor usage behavior and adjust battery charge based on that (so as I'm mostly on AC at work, it'll slow charge the battery when not fully charged. If you regularly switch to battery with short plug-ins it'll settle for rapid-charge etc)
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people saying that "if the electricity goes...." here i would say that it has never happened to me here, not even once. If i leave my battery plugged in, the laptop would charge it as soon as it drops to 97%, then charge it to 100% then when it drops again, it'll be charged again...leading it to heat up? thus battery life is sacrificed for ease.

I use this laptop for gaming at home and taking lectures at school that's why i need battery at school lol...

Anyways, i was thinking of adding a cooling fan underneath to keep the battery cool. If the battery remains cool, would it sill lose its life?

Please help me out in this lol as i don't mind taking the battery out every time i game but the thing is that, i feel as if the socket where the battery is held and become lose...

I'm using HP Dv6 7137ez
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My wife has had a Dell Inspiron laptop for 5 years now and she never unplugs it. I think total time it has been unplugged in 5 years is about 4 hours lol
Yet we still had to replace the battery this year. It was almost 4 years old when it wouldn't hold a charge anymore. There just not made to last.
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Ok, I've taken a look around and discovered the following:
HP laptops stop charging the battery when it reaches 100% and doesn't start charging it again until it drops to 94% (Link)
Dell laptops do not use the battery when they are plugged in or docked (Link), I could however not confirm if the same is true for HP, but I suspect it is judging on the first link.

Heat will indeed decrease the life of the battery, and this can be picked up from other components so if it really worries you grab a cooling pad to help keep things cool (this will also be beneficial for your other components).
You could also check out this software, which might help. BatteryCare
Edited by DeadlyEmbrace - 10/2/12 at 3:49am
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