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How to Charge and Replace a New Laptop Battery

When you have a laptop, you can perform almost any computing task no matter where you are. At the airport ? Easy. At school, or at work? No problem. Wherever you go, whatever you do, your laptop makes life easier.

However, there is one small thing that most laptop owners don't think about: the life of their laptop battery.

Why is it important to think about your laptop battery?

Of course, that's probably something you ask when shopping for a laptop. In the list of "questions to ask before buying a laptop", battery life is the seventh best question according to PC World.com.

So it can be said that, at least initially, laptop owners were concerned about their laptop battery.

After owning a laptop for a while, it's easy to let go of worries about battery life. This is a big problem. At home, you can leave your laptop plugged in, but on the road, only your battery stands in your way and a dead laptop.

A dead or weak laptop battery can interfere with your work, online classes, game time, or video calls. The thing is, when your battery doesn't keep your laptop alive, it can have a negative impact on the overall usability of your laptop.

Let's take a look at some frequently asked questions about laptop battery life and see what Tech Nav technicians have to say about this.

Question 1: I don't need to use my laptop battery unless I'm on a trip, so since he's at home most of the time, should I leave my laptop plugged in?

Answer: No. This is a common misconception: The more you charge the battery, the longer the battery will last.
What's really happening is stress on your laptop battery which can weaken it or shut it down altogether. This is especially true for older computers.

We've seen a lot of old laptops come with a weak or useless battery. And that's almost always because the battery has been plugged in and left charging way longer than it should.

Newer computers (think 2015 and newer) have built-in overcharge protection that helps prevent this from happening.

But since the battery can still show wear and tear from overcharging, we recommend that you Empty your computer and let it use up its battery life before plugging it back in.

Question 2: So if I don't have to charge it all the time, should I just leave my laptop off and then plug it back in?

Answer: While this may seem counter-intuitive, the answer is neither.

There will always be times when it is unavoidable. For example, maybe you forgot your charger at home and didn't charge it fully before arriving at your destination. However, there is no reason to panic. In fact, sometimes it's healthy to do so, as long as it doesn't become a habit.

However, if you constantly let your laptop battery die before recharging, you may find lost or corrupted files. It is best to safely shut down your computer, helping to protect your laptop battery and data.

Question 3: My battery still seems to be working fine, even though I've had it for a few years.

How often should I replace my laptop battery?

Answer: Every laptop is different, and how you use your laptop can tell a lot about its battery life.

According to a trusted technology site, that laptop battery should be replaced every 2 years. However, another site says that if your computer is over six years old, it should be replaced now.

The truth is it depends on how the laptop is used in everyday life.
Do you bring your laptop to school? Is this a work laptop?
Do you use it more often for web access, games, or work projects?

All of these things affect battery life, so giving a direct answer is difficult. The best time to buy a new laptop battery is when you start seeing signs of a dying battery.

Question 4: Now that you mention it, my laptop behaves a little differently than when I first bought it.

How do I know if my laptop battery is dying?

Answer: Take a look at the list below and see if any of the following sounds are familiar:
  • My laptop battery is lower than usual.
  • My laptop generates a BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) error.
  • My laptop is running slow.
  • My laptop keeps crashing/My laptop keeps freezing.
  • My laptop only lasts a little while before turning off every time I take it out of the charger.
These are all classic signs of a dying battery, especially on older laptops. New laptops with Windows may notice that the system actually recommends a new battery, which overall makes it easier to know when it's time to replace it.

Question 5: Maybe it's time to get a new battery for my laptop.

What type of laptop battery should I buy?

Answer: The best option for replacing a dying battery is to go to the factory for a new one.

Manufacturers already know what's best for your laptop, and although they may cost more than laptop batteries from the regular brands. It's better to use the right battery than a bad battery that won't last long or can cause damage to your computer.

Another advantage of getting your new laptop battery from the manufacturer is that there is usually a warranty covering you against any issues the battery may have.

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