A laptop battery is not going to last you forever; we all know that. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure a longer, healthier battery.
Tip #1 – Keep it cool
Most people overlook this one. Excess heat is not only bad for your processor (and your lap), but your battery as well. A hot battery will degrade in health much quicker than a cool one.
It is best to stay out of heat when using your laptop but it also just as important when it comes to storing your laptop. Battery University states that the best way to store your battery is in a cool temperature. If you store your laptop in 32-55 degree temperatures and use it every day the battery will only lose 4% of its overall charge after 3 months
On the contrary, if you store your laptop in temperatures of 80-100 degrees while using it every day the battery will lose 20-30 percent of its overall charge. Remember: You wouldn’t leave your dog or baby in a hot car. Don’t do it to your laptop
Tip #2 – Don’t Leave It Fully Charged
Nickel-based batteries should be kept charged between 40% and 80%. Although, that rule is said to not be directed towards the newer lithium-ion batteries it is still a great guideline.
When possible, keep it in that range to prolong its life as long as you can. And, if you do charge it to 100%, DON’T LEAVE IT PLUGGED IN. This is something most of us do, but it’s another thing that will degrade your battery’s health.
Tip #3 – Perform Shallow Discharges
Instead of discharging to 0% all the time, lithium-ion batteries do best when you discharge them for a little bit, then charge them for a little bit.
Tip #4 – Fully Discharge Once a Month
This may seem contradictory, but hear us out. While lithium-ion batteries shouldn’t be discharged regularly, most modern batteries are what’s known as “smart batteries”, which means that they can tell you how long you have until your battery dies (e.g. “2 hours, 15 minutes remaining”). This feature can get miscalibrated after a lot of shallow discharges. So, manufacturers recommend fully discharging your battery once a month to make sure this stays accurate.
Keep these 4 simple tips in mind for the next time you are complaining your battery is dying. If for some reason you find yourself with a battery that just simply won’t hold a charge call us and our service department can help replace it!