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Laptop Battery Life

Hello everyone. My Laptop which i bought a few months came with a 8 cell li-ion battery which i dont use while using the laptop as it is connected throught the adapter to the power slot all the time.

What is the best way to keep that battery healthy ? I charged it once and since then dont keep it connected niether do i use it for now however I might have to use it later.

Should i keep recharging it once in a while ?? Also should it be taken off from the laptop while using it with adapter ?? What is the RIGHT way to secure its life.

Since its a new battery and i might have to use it in the future i am really concerned. Can you please advice ?? Thank You Happy

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google notebook battery life, you'll find dozens of pages

with good information.

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use the battery once every other month and recharge it. The voltage of any battery will drop overtime during storage. Keeping an empty battery is very bad and will result in dead cell. Ni-Mh battery usually needs to be charge more often than Li-ion because the voltage drops faster.

I believe most laptops have battery overcharged protection. The small charging light indicator usually will turn off or change color when the battery is fully charged. It's quite simple to check actually. If the adapter keep charging your battery even it's full, the battery will overheat. And it's really hot. If it's just cool or warm all the time, then you don't have to take out the battery.

If you do google search on how to protect battery, you maybe misled sometimes because many instructions are still based on NiCd or NiMH batteries. But they are all quite similar in theory except that LiIon batteries don't need to be fully discharged to keep it in optimum performance.

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