I have a 9-cell Lithium-Ion battery on my Dell Inspiron 6400. 6 hours of battery life. Up to 7:30 when the screen is closed and I'm listening to music.
I've never had a 6-cell battery, but my father has a 4-cell. 2 hours maximum, everything at the minimum ( screen brightness, Wi-Fi, GPU power settings and CPU ).
I'll never have a 4-cell, of course. You lose the primary thing of a laptop : the power when you need it, the time you need it.
Battery life is for me a primary factor to consider on a laptop. It's always a pleasur to work on it during 6 hours, whitout paying attention.
The 9-cell doesn't go out of the case on my Dell.
So I'm wondering about the experience everybody has had with the battery life of their laptops, as well as the portability.
my first question is: if you purchased the larger battery, did you find that it was actually worth the extra cost and weight? I am looking to buy a laptop, and i wont mind paying the additionaly 30-50$ for a larger battery if I am properly convinced. How much would an extra 6 cells add on to the weight of the laptop? I feel like this is a paradox. a 12 cell makes the laptop less sleek-looking also.
I have heard there is a big difference between a 5 lb notebook and a 6 lb notebook when it comes to portability. If you have a laptop with a smaller battery do you find you are constantly attached to an outlet? On the other hand, are you so confident in your laptop's battery life that you dont have to carry your AC adapter with you every day, saving weight there?
I apologize if this question seems all scrambled up and confusing but I just want to know which battery to buy.