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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) March 13, 2009 1:40 PM PDT

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Extending the life of my laptop's battery

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 3/13/09 1:40 PM

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Hello, I have a HP laptop that about 1.5-years-old and its battery is in such a pathetic state. When I pull the plug on it the laptop, it completely dies off (shuts down). It's as if my laptop is on a respirator (the battery) and it can't breathe on its own. Since it was getting highly frustrating that my original battery would not hold any charge whatsoever, I resolved to get a 12-cell lithium ion battery. Now, I am more concerned about how I can use my battery more efficiently. What should I do to preserve the condition of my new battery so it can work longer? It is expensive to replace a battery every year. Please let me know what all I can do to extend the life of my battery. Should I be plugged in all time while I'm using my laptop or should I charge and discharge it? I will greatly appreciate your recommendations. Thank you!

Submitted by: Raji K.

Here are some featured member answers to get you started. Please also check out what other members have contributed to this member's question.

Getting maximum life from a laptop battery --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?messageID=3001619#3001619

Here's what you should do... --Submitted by LMF5000
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?messageID=3001855#3001855

Extending the life of my laptop's battery --Submitted by Aparicio Martnez
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7587_102-0.html?messageID=3004958#3004958

For more information on Lithium-ion batteries you can also visit Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-ion_battery#Guidelines_for_prolonging_Li-ion_battery_life

If you have any addition recommendations for Raji on prolonging the life of Lithium-ion batteries, please click on the reply link and post it. Please be as detailed as possible in your answer. Thanks!

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