07-29-2002 05:15 AM
Do you leave the battery in all the time? i.e. do you remove it once it is recharged fully and is it OK to work with the battery inside while your notebook is plugged to the mains.
Some argue that the battery loses its power if it is left inside while your notebook is plugged to the mains at the same time. True or false?
Feedback much appreciated.
07-29-2002 09:21 AM
It is good practice, to discharge batteries now and then. They say it improves the life of your battery. You don't have to do this every other day. May be once in couple of months.
Hope this helps
07-29-2002 09:40 AM
The newer batteries do not require this routine deep discharge, but should also be exercized in my opinion once a week. They too will deteriorate and in some other threads a 2 year life has been suggested.
If you operate your laptop the majority of time in a plugged in condition you can remove the battery and operate it that way. However, you may find that you need a fully charged battery in an emergency situation (power failure) and find that your removed battery has discharged over time. Therefore, leaving the battery in and allowing the laptop to run on battery power once a week seems to give the best battery performance.
Hope this helps.
07-29-2002 09:58 AM
What do we mean by 'discharge'here?
Does that mean running the notebook on the battery and using up all the battery power till it gets to 5% or 0% usage?
07-29-2002 10:37 AM
Depending on what power management settings you have set up, your computer may shut-off and save your settings prior to getting to this stage, say 5 - 10% depending on your set-up. However, you can normally disable this in BIOS and let the computer run on battery power until it dies. However, make sure you save any work, frequently if you plan on using this approach and be prepared for the scan associated with an improper shutdown.
You might want to mention your computer model number so that members here know what type of battery you have.
07-29-2002 11:31 AM
Since you have lithium battery, there is no need to discharge battery... once in a while... I mean a long while... just use the laptop on battery power alone until the computer tells you the battery level is low... this is discharging... and then simply plug your A/C adapter back in to fully charge it.
07-29-2002 09:06 PM
07-30-2002 08:52 AM
Thanks Joe Webber