Your laptop battery is one of its most important parts and deserves more attention. When speaking of laptops we usually think of stuff like a monitor, or memory size, or CPU power. Many laptop owners neglect proper battery care and therefore end up replacing the device battery sooner than they’d like.
We’ve provided some laptop battery charging tips and tricks for those of you who want to get the most out of your battery life.
To Plug or Not to Plug?
The simplest answer is “No.” For optimum battery use, and to get the most life out of your laptop battery, keeping it charged between 40% and 80% has been seen as optimum. However, the newer-generation lithium batteries do better in full charge cycles, so not letting it get below 40% is a good rule of thumb there. And, you don’t want to leave it charging all the time for another main reason – doing so can overheat the battery in some models, which is the number one thing you want to avoid. That said, in many laptop models, once the battery is 100% charged, it will cut off the power supply to the battery, so keeping it charging is redundant after that point, and won’t harm the battery in most cases.
To Drain or Not to Drain?
This is another common question when it comes to laptop battery charging. The answer is (as you can guess from the above question) No as well. Most late-generation laptop batteries are either lithium-ion or lithium polymer, and as such, they are designed to be able to withstand many charge cycles. As stated above, keeping your laptop plugged in all the time won’t necessarily harm your battery, although laptop batteries do have a finite number of charge-discharge cycles, so allowing your battery to completely discharge will take away from its originally-intended lifespan.
How to Get a Maximum Capacity Out of Your Laptop Battery?
Not all laptops come with removable batteries for cool-down. And, internal cooling fans can break down after a few years. Here are some standard battery charging tips courtesy FossBytes for laptop owners that should help maximize your laptop battery life:
- Keep your laptop charged up to 80% to get nearly maximum the number of recharging cycles.
- Avoid draining your laptop battery completely after charging it. The best thing you can do is try to keep the battery charge level above 40%.
- Make sure that your laptop does not get overheated and your cooling fan is working properly.
- Your laptop battery cannot exceed 100%, so do not worry about a potential “overcharge.”
- Perform a battery backup
- Disabling unused devices and ports
- Keep your battery in lower power state by selecting battery saver or eco mode.
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