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Time To Get a New Battery?

by captdane / February 23, 2007 1:01 AM PST

I've had my laptop for about a year & a half. I think your average new laptop battery are supposed to last you a good 2-3 hours, right?

Mine is down to about 25 mins.

Time for a new one?


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by captdane / February 23, 2007 1:05 AM PST

It lasts only 16 mins. I timed it....

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18 months or 500 charges.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2007 1:10 AM PST

Be sure you've checked those recent recalls, you may get a free one. But as the battery ages you see the time plummet. Even more so on those power hungry Pentium 4 laptops. I've see batteries worn out in just a year.

To extend the lifetime you need to stay on AC as much as possible since that is less battery use.

As to the good 2-3 hours, my noted Pentium 4 unit barely cracked 1 hour when new. It only got worse with time. The reason for that unit being so low is the 65 to 100 Watt CPU and that it's not a "real" laptop but a desktop replacement.


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by captdane / February 23, 2007 4:10 AM PST

Yeah, when the whole recall thing was happening, I went & checked & my model was OK.

So, I'm gonna have to shell out 100+ bucks for a new one, huh?

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Yes for 2 reasons.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2007 4:18 AM PST
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1. It's worn.

2. Old batteries can strain the charging circuit which can fail and be more costly than you can imagine to fix.


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(NT) 18mos. old battery - get a new one regardless, its that time
by Willy / February 23, 2007 4:11 AM PST
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