From my Toshiba Satellite L755's user guide:
"<span id="INSERTION_MARKER">To ensure that the battery maintains its maximum capacity,operate the computer on battery power at least once a month. TheLithium-Ion battery has no memory effect so it is not necessary tolet the battery fully discharge each time. However, for betteraccuracy of the battery meter, it is helpful to fully discharge the battery periodically."
They say "periodically" means operating it on the battery at least once a month. Bear in mind that the battery has a limited no. of charge/discharge cycles, so operating on AC power most of the time helps preserve the battery. Even better, if you're not using the battery, power your laptop off and remove the battery for longer life.
Using a laptop is great, it gets dragged around the home throughout the evening, so that it can be used where ever the rest of the family is at, etc. My wife is constantly on it. I use a computer at work all day, so I tend to avoid the home laptop.
Regardless, since day one, she always keeps it plugged in. Then takes advantage of the battery when she moves it from one room to the next. Unfortunately, now the battery has her racing to the power outlet before the laptop powers down.
So, I need to get it a new battery. But when I do, should she continue to always keep it plugged in? Or should she be letting the battery provide some of that power back and let it drain? Which method will help extend the life of the battery? Or is there an alternate method?
Thanks in advance for your kind advice!