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Toshiba Battery Life

by AneSW / July 1, 2013 6:25 AM PDT

I received a message 7/1/13 from Toshiba that my battery life is relatively poor. I looked at the Toshiba PC Health Monitor and everything looks fine but the battery. I purchased this laptop Feb.2012. Why would my battery life be poor and how much does that cost if worth the replacement?

I use this laptop everyday for work.

Toshiba P755 core i7 2670qm cpu @2.20ghz

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Since these are 300 cycle batteries.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2013 8:15 AM PDT
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If you used it on battery power for a year you could expect about half capacity in about 1 year. Cost varies but I think that depends on where you are in the world so my answer is go shopping.

Didn't anyone warn you to use AC whenever possible?

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Battery Usage & Plug In
by AneSW / July 1, 2013 11:39 PM PDT

Yes, I used the battery and when the power icon indicates it is low I recharge. However, I do not keep the laptop plugged in because computer technicians have stated keeping your electronics continually powered up reduces the life of the battery.
Does anyone else have any suggestions please
Thank you

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They are out of date.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2013 11:42 PM PDT

The office must have over a hundred laptops that are on AC all the time. Just a few months ago we pulled a 4 year laptop that had never been on battery power much and the batter gave better than 70% of its capacity.

Those techs are woefully out of date and are giving you bum advice.

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They care...
by Willy / July 1, 2013 11:50 PM PDT
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You're within the 1yr. care period, I like to call it that. if you've registered your laptop, they know from experienced that within 12-18mos. a battery will start to experience some issue. The plain fact it is a battery does have a limited "life span" though you may think its OK for now, sooner or later it will give issue. You do what you want, but consider the cost once you check on that; what will make you happy. Toshiba maybe offering some reduced pricing because you "go for it" or compare among other vendors. The point being Toshiba wants you to experience your usage within reason to be an ongoing happy one. There, i said it, they want you to be happy and make $ at the same time.

Batteries have been a big concern as i stated some issue arises. Everything from poor manufacture which cause fires to overheating or outright dies quickly. the "smart l-ion" system may also be part of the setup as newer type batteries use some smart circuit to include related s/w to help maintain them for best output. These can fail or cause some concern with erroneous status, so check your manual and just what does it say? -----Willy Happy

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Thank You - Kind of Resolved
by AneSW / July 2, 2013 1:29 AM PDT
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Resolved...kind of
Thanks to Bob & Willy for insightful posts. I have read thru many other posts on laptop battery life and have come to the conclusion there is no sound answer or solution. I will keep it plugged in for now but I use it for work and move it around frequently. I may look at another laptop or go back to desktop computing (can't move around but more of a sound investment and less stress) which I have used for years with no issues. This is my second laptop in two years the first one was a Dell I gave to hubby which works fine. However, he does not use it nearly as much as I use mine plus he has a Mini.

I run my business from home and on the go I deeply need a machine that is functional for more than a year.
Now I do not know if I need to back up everyday to avoid the computer crashing/dying or what to do at this point. Even if I replace the battery is appears that is not the solution either.

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