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How to condition your laptop battery for optimum performance

A new laptop battery must be conditioned to operate at its full capacity.Our 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.

Is it normal for a battery to produce heat?

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 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.