We keep hearing different things, so I thought I'd ask here.
Can you keep it plugged in all the time, even when the battery is charged, since you're sitting at a desk, and don't need the battery at that time?
Or is it best to unplug it as soon as it's charged, use it until the battery is low, then plug in again, just long enough to charge up?
I HOPE these questions made sense!!!
In my last laptop, I had mine plugged in all the time -- even when the battery fully charged. I know people say that that is bad for the battery. And it may be true. Because my battery died after 3 years of me doing that. But hey batteries are pretty cheap -- considering that it take 3 years before I had to replace one.
But I actually didn't have to replace the battery, because I needed to get a new laptop anyways
In my new laptop, I'm doing the same thing (plugged in all the time). I'm just too lazy to plug and unplug it every day.
Ideally, if you are always using it on the desk, just take the battery out completely and have it pluggin in all the time.
If laptop batteries are like any of the other rechargeable batteries I've used (cell phones, power tools, misc. electronics) then you want to unplug it when its charged. Perhaps it's just a stupid myth, (or I'm old), but in the owner's manuals I have, it says leaving it plugged in once the charge is complete, can damage the battery.
Well, that's what someone told us yesterday, that the battery can be damaged...but I couldn't find anything in the manuals to say anything one way or the other!
I usually leave mine in constantly because Im constantly using it!!
Mine sits on the desk turned on 24/7 I have never had a problem. This is my third laptop that has been used as a desk PC
That's another thing there. I use my laptop off and on--it's up in our bedroom, so I can be more comfortable in the evenings, after sitting in a chair at my desktop computer all day, lol. But I usually unplug it once it's charged up, then use the battery until it's low.
But my husband leaves his laptop on his desk all the time, like you, Earnest. He turns it on in the morning, and leaves it on all day, even though it doesn't get used much during the day, since he's at work.
That's why we're confused as to which way is best!
A rechargeable battery has a lifespan that is effected by how it is cycled
best use involves allowing the battery to get a full charge and then drain - repeat
not allowing a battery to get fully charged before depleting it will limit its full charge potential
most rechargeable batteries are best left charging when not in use as they slowly lose their charge when not charging
although, it does depend on the age and type of your battery - keeping your laptop plugged in is not a problem (ac power), its users who may keep their laptop plugged in at work and then unplug it to use on say a subway ride home (battery power) and then immediately put back on charger at home that will diminish the lifetime of their batteries quickest.
recharging before it's empty can be bad, Ive heard. Is that true?
its dependent on the type of rechargable battery - they have been getting better over the years.
But general best practice to extend the life and amount of charge a battery will hold (not just laptops but also cameras etc.) would be to allow it to fully deplete and then fully charge it.
That is rarely practical.
Specific to a laptop - the answer would be , keep it plugged in. If you need to use it for battery power allow it to actually use battery power until it is significantly depleted and then plug back in.
and of course check the manual! .. but not all manuals will bother with how to extend your battery life!
kewl. thanks. technology is so hard sometimes. I feel so old....
Oh, believe me, I can identify with that, lol...
I'm determined NOT to be one of those who refuses to learn, though, like my grandma was, who wouldn't even learn how to change the time on one of those "new-fangled" digital clocks, Bless her heart!
Our laptops are new--we just got them, that's why we're so paranoid about this, lol...
We did know, though, not to plug in unless the battery was drained, since one of our sons ruined his battery that way...
By the way--where are my manners?
Thanks everyone--I really appreciate all of your input and advice!
by ngureco 8 years ago
What Do I Need To Do To Get The Best Out Of My Laptop Battery
by zainali88 8 years ago
Laptops users know the critical importance of the battery and itâ��s life. Users who carry their laptops with them know it well that the performance of the whole system depends alot on the battery power. The more the standby time it gives the more convenient it will be for you. But to keep the...
by Naveed Ahmed 5 years ago
Is it better to use the laptop with the charger connected all-time or not?I want to know about better battery timing performance of the laptop. Should we allow regulary batter charging and discharging?Is using a fully charged laptop (battery) without the Plugged-in charger better for the battery...
by Cuttler 6 years ago
Is it possible to revive a dead laptop battery?my HP laptop battery is so low on capacity nowadays. Please advice on whether or not it is possible to revive it. Thanks
by Average Writer 8 years ago
what is the best way to charge a (new) laptop battery for the first time?
by girly_girl09 10 years ago
Well, I just found out that a project for work fell through because of lack of funding (what else is new? lol). That being said, I am also officially done with my classes for the semester (YAY!) and have TONS of free time on my hands! I have a lot of catching up to do as I haven't published very...
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|