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All posts tagged "laptop battery"


Friday, July 15, 2011

Extend That Old (Laptop) Battery Life!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Laptop Thoughts Talk" @ 01:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5820813/what-...g-as-it-used-to

"Dear Lifehacker, My laptop battery doesn't last very long anymore. How can I tell what's going on or wrong with it and if it needs replacing? Thanks, Need a Battery Boost"

A very good article on how to eke out a bit more life from an elderly laptop battery. Some procedures are covered, and some utilities (free and paid) are discussed for both Windows and Mac OS X. Starting with "Testing and Monitoring Your Battery," it moves to "What To Look For," and finished with "Recalibrating Your Battery" and "Maximizing Your Battery Life." Both of my Macs are pretty new, but my old Dell D430 needs some battery help, so this is a very helpful article for me!


Monday, April 11, 2011

The External Battery Round-Up Review

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 07:45 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...ml#xtor=RSS-182

"Shopping for a notebook involves a delicate balance between battery life, performance, usability, and price. No two users share the exact same criteria for what they consider the right blend. That's why we try to evaluate mobile platforms based on their perceived strengths. Take last year's Netbook Buyer's Guide as an example. We considered the fact that some buyers are willing to spend more for battery life and forgo a bit of performance. Others are willing to pay an extra $100 or $150 to get both. Another group cares more about usability. The list of ways to break even this one specific market into tiny pieces goes on and on."

Looking to get more run-time out of your laptop or tablet? These external batteries are your ticket - though all are definitely not created equal. I've been a fan of external batteries for years, though I've always ran into the same problem: I'd get an external battery, it would work great with my current laptop, then I'd upgrade the laptop and the external battery would support my new laptop. The myriad of changing tips and the weird incompatibilities introduced by the laptop OEMs when it comes to third-party power solutions - my Dell Vostro V13 won't charge from my iGo Juice for instance unless it's in sleep mode, and Apple is infamous for making life hard on the people who make these products - can make for a lot of headaches.

On the plus side, when you have a combo designed to work together, it can be handy - I have a Tekkeon MP3750 that was sent to me for review, and I've used it with my Dell V13 with great success. Carrying an external battery can add to your overall travel weight, but if you need to work for long periods on your laptop or tablet device, they can be worth their weight in gold!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Battery Recharging Myth-Busting: Don't Completely Drain Your LiIon Batteries

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 01:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/#!5789794/avo...ps-battery-life

"Battery-centric web site Battery University explains the real relationship behind battery life and charging. Lithium-ion batteries-the batteries present in most modern smartphones and laptops-don't need to be fully discharged every once in a while to retain battery life, as many of us have been told. In fact, it's quite the opposite..."

Over the years, I'm sure we've all heard a lot of crazy battery advice: don't recharge your phone/laptop/MP3 player until it's completely dead; don't charge it too often; when you're not using it, take out the battery, etc. Much like telling someone they need to defrag their Wi-Fi connection, some of these "tips" just aren't true. This article gives you some important tips about how to maximize the battery life on your portable device.


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