Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




Currently Res in Portugal
3288 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1065

Subscriber

Topic # 65829 7-Aug-2010 05:25
Send private message

I recently bought an upper-end new laptop (Asus G73) which has a Lithium-Ion battery.

The guy in the computer shop said that I should fully charge the battery from new and then, if I was mainly going be to running the laptop on mains power (which I am), I should switch to battery, run the battery down, charge it back up to 80% then remove the battery and store it separately, i.e. not in the laptop.

Is this correct and good advice?

Create new topic
942 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 29


  Reply # 367181 13-Aug-2010 14:17
Send private message

I'm not expert on this point.... but I see nobody else has replied, so I'll just say that yes it is similar to what else I've heard so I'm inclined to believe this is true.

(except for the storage point... I'm feeling a little bit more iffy on that, I'd suggest you google to check optimal charge level for storage)




469 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 107


  Reply # 367184 13-Aug-2010 14:20
Send private message

I was of the belief that you need to leave a battery with a 20% charge for long term storage?

I think it depends a bit on how long you mean by "run it on mains". If it was months on end then yes, perhaps it would be an idea to discharge the battery and store it separately, but then you're missing out on one of the great benefits of laptops: they have an inbuilt UPS.

The number of times that I've had the lights go out, but remained able to use my laptop etc is one of the great things about laptops.

(Indeed, with our modem/router on our main UPS, I can even continue to surf the net during a power outage).

 
 
 
 


3615 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 172

Trusted

  Reply # 367186 13-Aug-2010 14:21
Send private message

eracode,

First off, that's one beast of a laptop! Congrats. I was so close to getting one myself before opting for a desktop.

Anyway, back to topic. What you have been told is correct. Charge it back to 80% and store it in a cool, dry place. Some even suggest putting it into a plastic bag and in the fridge but I don't think that's needed.

You should however use the battery from time to time too - as in, perhaps once a month at the very least.

1245 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 137


  Reply # 367210 13-Aug-2010 14:58
Send private message

it is touch and go these days - batteries are going to lose their charge over time regardless of what you do with them. i wouldn't bother worrying too much as it restricts how you would 'naturally' use the device. most batteries today have a recharge cycle count - and beyond a certain number you will lose the charge. you are better off 1) making sure the batteries are not in excessive heat and keeping it charged when you do not need to run off it.

Mad Scientist
19820 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2681

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 368498 17-Aug-2010 07:23
Send private message

it's a combination of constant decay from BOTH date of manufacture vs charge-discharge cycles. that means just by looking at it, it's dying by the day. that means everytime you charge it to max it dies a little, if you drain it to the max it dies alot.

that means you can't win, it's going to die. which one makes it die faster nobody knows. i just keep it charged at max all the time - theoritically this minimises the charge-discharge cycle. which really defeats the purpose of a battery!

good luck.




Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


Create new topic


Donate via Givealittle


Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Amazon introduces new Kindle with adjustable front light
Posted 21-Mar-2019 20:14


A call from the companies providing internet access for the great majority of New Zealanders, to the companies with the greatest influence over social media content
Posted 19-Mar-2019 15:21


Two e-scooter companies selected for Wellington trial
Posted 15-Mar-2019 17:33


GeForce GTX 1660 available now
Posted 15-Mar-2019 08:47


Artificial Intelligence to double the rate of innovation in New Zealand by 2021
Posted 13-Mar-2019 14:47


LG demonstrates smart home concepts at LG InnoFest
Posted 13-Mar-2019 14:45


New Zealanders buying more expensive smartphones
Posted 11-Mar-2019 09:52


2degrees Offers Amazon Prime Video to Broadband Customers
Posted 8-Mar-2019 14:10


D-Link ANZ launches D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Protected by McAfee
Posted 7-Mar-2019 11:09


Slingshot commissions celebrities to design new modems
Posted 5-Mar-2019 08:58


Symantec Annual Threat Report reveals more ambitious, destructive and stealthy attacks
Posted 28-Feb-2019 10:14


FUJIFILM launches high performing X-T30
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:40


Netflix is killing content piracy says research
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:33


Trend Micro finds shifting threats require kiwis to rethink security priorities
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:27


Mainfreight uses Spark IoT Asset Tracking service
Posted 28-Feb-2019 09:25



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.