A few years ago, laptops were only optimized for word processing, presentation making, music listening and photo viewing. In the present however, it has become a superior alternative to the once all-powerful desktop computer – superior in the sense that, although they can be somehow referred to as equals when it comes to specifications, the notebook computer has a far better edge – portability. But it is not without flaw. Presently, computer manufacturers are still discovering ways on how to make its laptop battery last for more than 8 hours. That is why as consumers, we must figure out ways on how to make sure that this already short unplugged-life will be maintained for a longer time.
Although some, like a Dell laptop battery, can withstand improper usage for a longer period of time, it still has its “boiling point” so to speak. When a battery reaches it, people tend to still stick to old battery rejuvenating techniques like exposure to sunlight, shaking or letting it “take a vacation” for a day or two. These may help for a short period of time but eventually, a weakened battery will be almost impossible to rejuvenate.
The only solution is to buy a new one. Because of the knowledge that these batteries are sensitive to improper use, you will surely be more vigilant when it comes to its day-to-day use. For a new battery, here are some simple ways to make sure that it lasts for a longer period of time:
1. Upon purchase you must charge your battery for more or less 12 hours. Although after 1 to 2 hours your PC will notify you that your battery is already full, it actually isn’t because it still needs to “wake up” some of its circuitry.
2. After the first charging, never over-charge your battery again.
3. Buy a spare laptop battery so that they will have rests in between charge and discharge.
4. It goes without saying that you should keep your battery well ventilated and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures.
Following these steps will ensure that your battery will last for a significantly longer period of time.