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Bought new battery for laptop, do I need to let it charge before use?

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I've read mixed answers to this. I just bought a new 8-cell Li-Ion battery for my envy 14. I plugged the charger in but haven't turned the laptop on yet, the orange light (indicating it is charging) is on. Do I have to let it charge for 8 hours or until the light turns white (usually takes about 2 hours) or can I simply turn the laptop on now while it is still charging?
    
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It's best to let it charge. I hate doing that but I'll respect any witchcraft on how to treat batteries that a laptop manufacturer suggests. 2 hours should be fine. If you're eager to start toying around, you can run it on AC only and charge it while you sleep.
 
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