Laptop computers have become popular with computer users for their portability. Laptops rely on batteries for power, and over time these batteries can wear down, especially if laptops are used frequently for work or school.
Not all batteries are the same, and some will wear out faster than others. How quickly they go depends on charges, how you store it, and not allowing the battery to drop to zero.
The best percentage is to charge your battery at 40 percent and unplug it once it reaches 80. While leaving your battery at 80 percent may not be ideal for the busy lifestyle, it's the best way to prolong your battery's lifespan.
Never allow your battery to drop to zero as it forces the battery to work harder to reach a full charge. The only time you should drop a battery to zero is if you have installed a new one. If you find that your battery stops charging at 80 percent, then it's time to replace it.
When replacing an old battery, drain it completely to calibrate the battery gauge. Doing this allows the computer to calculate the battery life and prevent unexpected shutdowns.
You may have been told that leaving your laptop plugged in can damage the battery. Well, that is not the case. Once the battery has reached 100 percent, most laptops will stop charging. If you need to leave your computer plugged in, make sure that you don't allow it to run hot. A full charge battery, combined with a hardworking computer, can lower your battery's lifespan.
Laptops aren't meant to be on your lap despite their name. Keeping your laptop on your lap while you're working can not only in rare cases cause you harm, it can also damage the battery by trapping heat and blocking the vents. If you notice it starting to get hot, keep the lid open and allow it to cool. Avoid direct sunlight and sources of heat as well.
So that means no more cats on your laptop. As cute as it seems, your furry buddy can actually damage your computer.
By following these guidelines, you will help prolong the lifespan of your laptop's battery.
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