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Windows 7: Where do you use laptop on battery?

01 Jun 2010   #1
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 
Where do you use laptop on battery?

I realize that I'm in the minority here but I've personally never understood why people put so much emphasis on battery life in a laptop. I've owned about a dozen laptops over the years and probably only used all of them put together on battery for about 10 hours total. I can't think of anywhere I would take my laptop that there isn't a plug nearby and, if there's a plug, I will use it rather than the battery. When traveling in my RV, I use an inverter and on a plane, I use an adapter for power.

Anybody else out there feel the way I do?


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01 Jun 2010   #2
WiFi Ed

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1, Ubuntu 11.04 x64
 
 

At the kitchen table on weekday mornings, about 20 minutes a pop. I plug in the charger on Sunday night so I'm ready to go for another week.
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01 Jun 2010   #3
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

once a week i let my lappys run on batteries till they die ,it pays in the long run to have at least a monthly charge/discharge cycle
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01 Jun 2010   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
once a week i let my lappys run on batteries till they die ,it pays in the long run to have at least a monthly charge/discharge cycle
It also pays to sometimes go into the setup screen before windows boots up and leave it until the screen fades away to nothing. Then you know the battery is full discharged. When Windows shuts down through lack of battery power it will still have about 8% charge left. It never goes down completely.
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01 Jun 2010   #5
Vegas

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
When traveling in my RV, I use an inverter and on a plane, I use an adapter for power.
Must be nice to fly first class!
Back in coach we don't get power outlets, so the only place I use the battery is on a plane.
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01 Jun 2010   #6
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

I use battery almost daily. I see no reason why I should take the charger always with me.
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01 Jun 2010   #7
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I use battery almost daily. I see no reason why I should take the charger always with me.
+1

my laptop has wireless networking, so i don't need to plug it in to a router to get online.

my laptop also has a battery, so i don't need to plug it in to the wall to get power.

having a laptop without a battery is a bit like having a mobile phone permanently plugged into the charger.

also i often travel across the country by train, and sadly in the uk, the power sockets aren't always on, nor easily accessible.
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01 Jun 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have a docking station at work for my laptop and I have to take it home with me every night in case I have to login remotely. I always run on battery at home at night. My Dell E6400 usually lasts a solid 5+ hours on battery....so that handles everything I need at home during the evenings.
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01 Jun 2010   #9
RyanC119

Windows 7
 
 

College campus. Classrooms don't always have power outlets, and if they do, they are not conveniently placed. Also, a big power cord is a pain to lug around all day in a backpack full of books. Two-hour battery life turns out to be pretty useless...
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01 Jun 2010   #10
antharr

Windows 7 64x
 
 

I use the battery when I am too lazy to plug it in when just checking email. If I ever need battery life for any reason I will pick up a $150 to $200 netbook.
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