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Whats the best thing to do with a laptop? Keep it plugged in? or...

#1AzurexNightmarePosted 8/25/2013 8:58:55 AM
Should I keep it plugged in all the time, or should I unplug when charged, let the battery drain, and charge again rinse and repeat?

I'm downloading stuff thats why. :p

whats the best thing to do to keep the battery in good shape?
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#2Trance_FanPosted 8/25/2013 9:00:12 AM
charge the battery full, remove the battery from laptop, keep it powered with ac adapter
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#3alwekyPosted 8/25/2013 9:00:32 AM
Personally, when my battery is fully charged, I take it out so that there won't be additional charging or the heat from my laptop won't affect it.

I guess it has worked somewhat, my current laptop when new had around 8-9 hours of battery life, now it has maybe 5-6 hours.
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#4zxelmanPosted 8/25/2013 9:06:18 AM(edited)
Typically no matter what laptop you have, you want to keep the charge over just draining it then charging. This is for convenience reasons whenever you know you're going to have to be unplugged for awhile.

If it's a gaming laptop, you'd pretty much want it plugged in when you're gaming.

Downloading takes a lot of juice though, so you'll need to be charging in the event you leave your laptop for an uncertain amount of time.
#5DragnfyrPosted 8/25/2013 9:41:24 AM(edited)
Draining the battery unnecessarily will just decrease its lifespan. All batteries lose capacity the more charge cycles they go through. That said you should let the battery drain at least once or twice every month.
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#6Golden_GonadsPosted 8/25/2013 10:54:54 AM
I glanced at a news article (For phone batteries I admit, but the principle is probably the same) a few weeks back that said its best to keep it around 50-70% charged for maximum efficiency.
#7CammyApplePosted 8/25/2013 11:08:18 AM
And be careful if you let one drain fully.

My laptop will no longer charge the battery at all. IIRC I need a bios update. However in order to update the bios the laptop insists I have the machine both on AC power and have at least a 20% charge.

The update exists to fix the fact that the laptop can not charge a dead battery without it.
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