Laptop Battery Help and FAQs
How to condition your laptop battery for optimum performance
A new laptop battery must be conditioned to operate at its full capacity.
Our laptop batteries
are shipped in a discharged state and must be fully charged and partially discharged at least five times in order to reach its full run time.
To condition your laptop battery, unplug the laptop from the power cord and let the battery run your computer for 30 to 60 minutes. It is important not to let the run all the way to empty or you can damage the battery and may not be able to be recharged.
The conditioning process should be completed within the first month you receive your new battery. The conditioning process can be completed during the first week of receiving your new notebook battery. For more info, check out our page on how to calibrate a laptop battery
How to extend laptop battery life
Lithium-ion laptop batteries
are rechargeable but wear out over time, giving you shorter run times.
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Prolong the life of your laptop battery by using it more!
When your laptop is plugged into the wall it runs on it's primary power source, the power cord. Lithium-ion laptop batteries go into standby mode when they are plugged in.
A laptop battery is a lot like an athlete. If you exercise you can run long distances without tiring. If you "exercise" your battery it will be able to run longer. You can exercise your battery by running only on battery power a few times a week. But if you keep your laptop plugged-in all the time the battery will become out-of-shape, giving you shorter run-times and lower performance. This is the most common reason lithium-ion batteries wear out. Of course, never burn, disassemble, mutilate or short-circuit laptop batteries.
Don't run your laptop battery all the way to empty
The second most common reason why laptop batteries wear-out or fail is that they are frequently discharged all the way to empty. If a laptop battery is run below 3% it can damage the battery and may not be able to operate correctly.
Research shows that Lithium-ion batteries last longer when they have shallow discharge and recharge cycles. It does not harm the battery to only use it for 5-10 minutes and then plug it back in to the power cord. Rechargeable batteries will self discharge when not in use over a period of time.
Is it normal for a battery to produce heat while it is being used and while charging?
It is normal for notebook batteries to produce heat when they are being charged and also when you are running on battery power. As energy is transferred within your battery cells, heat is a natural byproduct.
Why does my laptop battery lose power over time?
Over time, laptop batteries lose their ability to hold a charge. This is a normal occurrence and is common to all rechargeable laptop batteries. Most notebook batteries today are made with advanced materials that hold their charge much longer than earlier technologies used just a few years ago. Even so, the life of a laptop battery today will be approximately 500 recharges. For most users, 2- 3 years is a typical life expectancy of a laptop battery.
How can I minimize the power my laptop uses?
Your laptop battery life depends on the power capacity of your laptop battery and the amount of energy your computer draws. You can maximize your laptop battery life by changing the amount of power your computer draws while in battery mode. If you are a Windows user, within your Control Panel section you will find Power Options. In this section you can change power use and low power alerts. Windows users will also be able to lower the brightness of the LCD panel and extend the battery life considerably. You can also extend your battery life between charges by minimizing the use of your CD and DVD drive operation.
How to check laptop battery life
You can check your computers' remaining battery life by clicking your battery icon or accessing the Power Options section within your computer's control panel. Your laptop battery life depends on the power capacity of your laptop battery and the amount of energy your computer draws.
How long will my laptop battery run?
Average run time is 1 1/2 hours to 3 1/2 hours depending on what applications you are running. Functions that require more power will deplete your laptop battery faster. Viewing a DVD or using your CD player to play and record music are power intensive functions and will consume power at a faster rate. Also different notebooks use more power than others. Most laptops have a power management control panel where power use can be reduced while on battery power, such as reducing the brightness of your LCD screen. External batteries can also be purchased to provided extended power.
How can I extend my laptop battery run time?
Your new laptop battery will have an average run time of 1 1/2 hours to 3 1/2 hours depending on what applications you are running. Functions that require more power will deplete your battery faster. You can extend your battery run time by minimizing the main power draws on your battery - the LCD brightness levels and the use of your CD or DVD drive. Also, some notebooks simply use more power than others.
You can prolong your laptop battery life by adjusting the power management selections within your operating system software. If you are a Windows user, you can go to the control Panel and select power options. In this area you can choose when and how you can maximize your laptop battery settings