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Windows 7: Is taking off the laptop battery a good idea?


14 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Is taking off the laptop battery a good idea?

Hello,

I've been quite confused lately...Ever since I bought a new laptop, people kept telling me to take off the laptop battery once in a while and let it run solely on the charger/cable. They say that this could reduce the chances of overheating and could maintain a longer battery life. However, there have been others who say that it's actually bad to do so

Is it best to keep the laptop running with battery or not?

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14 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

The only guide lines I know of is to charge the battery up to 100% and then let it run out before charging it again so as to let the cells expand.

Can't see a problem not using the battery either though,its just a different power supply entry.
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14 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

There are as many opinions on whats best for the battery as there are people. Practically speaking, no matter what you do, the battery will drain, it started draining the day it was manufactured. So just stop worrying about it, use it once in a while like you would any battery.
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14 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Minotar View Post
The only guide lines I know of is to charge the battery up to 100% and then let it run out before charging it again so as to let the cells expand.

Can't see a problem not using the battery either though,its just a different power supply entry.
Okay, I should try that then
I've also been told that using battery consumes more energy...perhaps that's another advantage for not using the battery, to be eco-friendly.
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14 Apr 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
There are as many opinions on whats best for the battery as there are people. Practically speaking, no matter what you do, the battery will drain, it started draining the day it was manufactured. So just stop worrying about it, use it once in a while like you would any battery.
Thanks for the advice!
Haha I guess I did worry too much
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14 Apr 2011   #6

 
 

It depends on the battery type.

With newer batteries, it's a good idea to fully discharge, then recharge once a month, or after 20 or so partial charges.

But when using the laptop for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to remove the battery.
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14 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It depends on the battery type.

With newer batteries, it's a good idea to fully discharge, then recharge once a month, or after 20 or so partial charges.

But when using the laptop for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to remove the battery.
I use Li-ion Battery. My previous laptop also used Li-ion and it died after 3 years.

Oh okay, I do tend to use it for a long time. Thanks, I'll take your advice
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14 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It depends on the battery type.

With newer batteries, it's a good idea to fully discharge, then recharge once a month, or after 20 or so partial charges.

But when using the laptop for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to remove the battery.
Actually, with newer batteries, you don't want to fully discharge them. it shortens the life of the battery.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by snowolfly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It depends on the battery type.

With newer batteries, it's a good idea to fully discharge, then recharge once a month, or after 20 or so partial charges.

But when using the laptop for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to remove the battery.
I use Li-ion Battery. My previous laptop also used Li-ion and it died after 3 years.

Oh okay, I do tend to use it for a long time. Thanks, I'll take your advice
Li-Ion batteries start to degrade as soon as they are made, so they have a limited life. doesn't matter if you use it or store it, it will eventually not hold a charge.
Personally I leave the battery in just in case the power goes out or the power supply gets unplugged.
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14 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It depends on the battery type.

With newer batteries, it's a good idea to fully discharge, then recharge once a month, or after 20 or so partial charges.

But when using the laptop for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to remove the battery.
Actually, with newer batteries, you don't want to fully discharge them. it shortens the life of the battery.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by snowolfly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It depends on the battery type.

With newer batteries, it's a good idea to fully discharge, then recharge once a month, or after 20 or so partial charges.

But when using the laptop for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to remove the battery.
I use Li-ion Battery. My previous laptop also used Li-ion and it died after 3 years.

Oh okay, I do tend to use it for a long time. Thanks, I'll take your advice
Li-Ion batteries start to degrade as soon as they are made, so they have a limited life. doesn't matter if you use it or store it, it will eventually not hold a charge.
Personally I leave the battery in just in case the power goes out or the power supply gets unplugged.
Really? That's almost the contrary of what everyone kept telling me...But if it doesn't really matter then I'll stick to the battery. Removing it is quite a hassle.
Yeah, I agree, it's much safer to keep the battery on.
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14 Apr 2011   #10

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

A lot of that advice about running down batteries and concerns about overcharging them come from the days of NiCad batteries. All of that has changed now with Lithium Ion batteries. These can be charged at any point - it makes no difference.

I use a lot of power tools with Lithium batteries every day. We keep a spare battery always in the charger and switch them out as we need them. Some of these batteries are over 2 years old and still going strong. The chargers for tool batteries automatically shut down when the battery is fully charged, eliminating the overcharging issue.

I don't know if laptops have the same auto-off charging system in them, but I'll bet they do.
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