You’ve just bought a new laptop, and you bring it everywhere with you. To work. To school. To the café. Even to the bathroom.
You find it sitting on your desk plugged in all the time just like the other regular computers.
Well, your laptop battery may have just died before you know it.
So, how can you keep your battery durable, or in other words, keep your laptop battery alive?
First thing first, here’s something you should know. The laptop industry is developing faster than everyone can imagine. A new model is coming up every 15 minutes. But, the battery industry is not.
With the advent of the Li-ion cell battery, laptop users can now use their lap for up to 10 hours. But that’s just for the expensive brands.
For the cheaper ones, the battery can last for only about 3 hours before it runs out and demands to be chared. After each time the battery is charged, it’ll lose about 1% of its durability. And that says the battery will start to die just after a year.
But don’t worry, here’re some tips for you to keep your laptop battery alive:
1. Take the battery out
Well, if you’re not using it, it’ll die slowlier.
Just kidding! Here’s the truth. If you decide not to touch your laptop for a long time, take the battery out.
In cases when you need to use your laptop for a significant amount of time and you need to charge constantly, take the battery out and charge the laptop directly.
Some downsides are inevitable. For example, you need to move and work from time to time. Or, there’s a sudden blackout and your laptop will shut up without warning and you may just lose any valuable information you’re working on because there’s no saving energy source.
2. Calibrate your battery
Remember to charge your laptop right after Windows warns that it’s low to 10% of battery. Don’t leave it until the energy has completely run out.
After every 2 or 3 months, do a trick. Clean your battery and the battery holder, then charge it for 10 hours. When completed, leave your laptop shut for another 2 hours before you use it. This practice helps your battery readings accurate.
For more tricks on how to calibrate your laptop battery, take a look at this article:
3. Cool it off
Some folks have the habit of laying their laptop on the blanket. This habit is a no-no.
Putting your laptop on soft material like a blanket, a cushion, or bed will block its cooler. It is a proven fact that battery is more likely to be killed by heat. So, use your laptop nowhere other than the table or any flat surface.
It’s recommended by the laptop producers that you use the cooler mat (or chill mat) when, and if possible.
Alright, just by taking out, calibrating, and cooling off your battery, now you don’t have to worry so much about its durability anymore.
Did these work for you? Let me know in the comments.
Having said that, battery, or laptop, or any advanced technology you’re having at hands is here to serve you. Not vice versa. So, taking care of your devices is okay, but don’t make such a big deal about it. Use it when you have to.
Anyway, happy working and entertaining with your laptop!