How long will a battery hold its charge for?
by solitairedaxel - 11/17/09 1:41 PM
Assuming that the battery is fully charged and then removed from the laptop, how long will it hold a charge for?
I am using a Dell Vostro 1710 and intend to use "official" batteries, but once a year I will be in a location where the electricity is erratic at best and occasionally will be cut off completely. My current battery will hold a charge for 2 hours 15 minutes, assuming I am not playing music or browsing the internet and my sound and screen brightness are set to the lowest possible setting. Unfortunately, I will probably have quite a number of documents to type up while away and it'll take longer than 2 hours to type.
I am trying to decide if it's worth getting a couple of spare batteries to bring along and charging them just before I go. I have absolutely no idea if a battery will hold its charge if it isn't in the laptop.