Posted on Wednesday September 09, 2020
It's difficult to gain momentum at work when your laptop constantly notifies you that it's running out of juice. And if there's not a power outlet in sight, your device will soon be nothing more than a cold slab of metal and plastic. Here are some helpful tips to prolong your laptop battery life so you can work longer without interruption.
Most modern devices use lithium-based batteries that get damaged when they're completely drained. But if your laptop uses an older type of battery that's not made of lithium-ion or lithium-polymer, it's best to let it discharge completely before recharging it.
Laptop batteries also have limited life spans. So no matter what you do, yours will age from the very first time you charge it. This is because as time passes, the ions in your battery will become less efficient in flowing from the anode to the cathode, thereby reducing your battery's capacity.
Besides being naturally prone to deterioration, your battery can degrade due to higher-than-normal voltages, which may happen when you keep your battery fully charged at all times. Even though a modern laptop battery cannot be overcharged, it will be damaged if you leave your laptop plugged in all the time.
Both extremely high temperatures (above 70°F) and low temperatures (32-41°F) can also reduce battery capacity and damage components. The same goes for storing a battery for long periods of time, which can lead to extreme discharge.
Another factor that can affect laptop battery life is physical damage. Remember that batteries are made of sensitive materials, and a shock from a fall or a similar incident can damage them.
Now that you know some facts about your laptop battery, it's time to learn how to delay its demise: