When you purchase a laptop there are some general instructions and guidelines followed by it of how to take care of the battery and for how much time it’s better to charge the battery. Laptop battery is one of the most important component of a laptop. It should be given your attention and care if you know you want it lasting long and the lack of attention and care is the reason why many laptop owners have to replace their batteries sooner than they’d like. It cannot be over emphasised that a laptop’s first charge is the most important charge, the battery should be charged until they are full and can remain charging because modern batteries stop charging at 100%.
So, just bought a new laptop and wondering how long to charge before launching it? Every machine is a little different, so finding out as much as you can about your laptop and its battery is important. There is no restriction on the charging duration when you charge your computer for the first time although it’s advisable that the battery should be charged for not less than 24 hours. Charging the laptop battery for 24-hour makes sure that the laptop battery has a good life expectancy. Modern laptops use Li-ion batteries which stop charging at 100% and switch over to AC power while the laptop is plugged into an outlet. To ensure your battery has a long lifespan, never expose it to high temperatures for any long period of time. For example leaving your laptop in a hot car will significantly drain the battery’s Lithium-ion cells. Today’s lithium-ion batteries are durable, but they can only take so much heat.
Additionally, If you are not going to use the laptop at all for more than two weeks remove the battery. Likewise, remove the battery if we will be using the laptop’s A/C adapter for more than 2 weeks while using it.
How long does a laptop battery last?
The type of battery used in the laptop: The factor that affects battery charging speed is the type of battery used in the laptop. Some batteries can hold a greater voltage and they are most likely to take a longer time to recharge. That’s not necessarily a bad thing when the battery holds a larger voltage, it’ll also keep the laptop powered for a longer time.
Whether we use the laptop while it’s charging or not: It may take longer for the battery to charge if we’re using the laptop while it’s charging. When we’re using the laptop, we’re simultaneously draining some of the power while the power is being resupplied. This may increase the amount of time it takes to get a full charge.
The material from which the laptop battery is made: As mentioned earlier, laptop batteries are made from lithium. A battery made from any other material is likely to have a shorter battery life.
How much the user does use the laptop: The more we use the laptop, the less our battery may last. Too much usage of a laptop will gradually reduce the battery life.
Preserve your battery life
To preserve your battery life, there are simple methods available that we can practice which will help to preserve the battery life of the laptop so we won’t have to recharge as often. Listed below are some simple steps:
• Operating the laptop on low power modes when we’re not using intensive applications (Windows laptops have Power saver mode).
• Run only one application at a time (at least as much as possible).
• Reduce the screen brightness when we are using the laptop indoors or during night time.
• Set sleep settings for both the display and the laptop.
• Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when we are not using them.
With the methods listed above and if followed properly, you should have a long and happy battery life!