Your laptop, being a portable device, relies heavily on its battery. If the battery runs out or goes bad, you’re limited to only using your laptop when plugged into power and even then, sometimes your laptop won’t power up until the battery is removed completely.

The average life of a battery is generally regarded as about 1,000 charge cycles or between 2 and 4 years. With modern batteries, it is safe to leave your laptop plugged in all the time as not only does it bypass a charging cycle, but the battery is also smart enough to know when to stop charging and no longer ‘overcharges’.

Laptop battery charging

Several factors impact a laptop battery’s lifespan:
1. The original quality of the battery
2. Using the laptop ie just general wear and tear and age.
3. Exposure to heat either weather related hot conditions, or when your laptop runs hot.
4. Lack of use also affects the battery life ie leaving your laptop unused for a long time. Best practice is to discharge it to 50% before storing it.

When your laptop’s battery is beginning to fail, you will notice:
1. The battery charge does not last as long as it used to.
2. Your laptop may advise that the battery needs replacing.
3. Your laptop keeps overheating (this is not always the battery at fault so please get this checked urgently).

What can you do about it:
1. Use your laptop plugged in to power as much as possible.
2. Use your laptop with power saver mode enabled
3. Disable screensavers or background apps that might be draining power.
4. Keep it cool, eg don’t leave it in your car or in the sun
5. Get your laptop serviced regularly and a battery check to optimize its use.
6. Talk to us about replacing the battery.

The Laptop Man can replace your battery with only minimal wait time. Visit us at 134 Wood Street, Mackay or give us a call on 07 4953 4580 and experience The Laptop Man difference today.