Solved What should I do about laptop Li-ion battery?

Acer / Aspire 5738-6969
September 16, 2017 at 01:00:10
Specs: Windows 10, 4 GB
Laptop battery: 0% available (plugged in not charging)? says tip by mouse pointer on battery icon in system tray.

Acer Aspire 5738's original battery lasted for about 4 years. I purchased equivalent replacement battery online, back in June 2014.

It was conditioned 3 times, then used regularly. This laptop remained plugged OFF because some services were not working. It happened due to virus(es) attack. It took me 4 months to resolve virus problem.

Now I have McAfee AV software that comes with Internet service from TWC/Spectrum (ISP). I pay nothing for this version of McAfee AV.

Any suggestions beside buying NEW battery? If NO! How much mAh should I go for, from 2 below capacities?

Pls. On Amazon, there is 4400mAh and 5600mAh. Original and current ones are 4400mAh.

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September 17, 2017 at 21:43:25
The voltages I gave were mainly for an example and remembered from NiCad batteries a bunch of years ago. I cannot make exact recommendations except to say that you should get a quality one (or have yours tested if possible) that is spec'd for that battery specifically. It is possible to charge a battery with your cord and IF you can confirm that it is at 100% charge then your cord might still be good. Charge cords do not typically come with replacement batteries but you might find a combo pack which would include it. I do not know particular brands of batteries that are quality (sorry) and I have only had to replace the battery once on a laptop. I do not use one myself (desktop at home and work) though I have daughters that use them regularly. I have taught them to let them run down often and charge them fully and avoid leaving them plugged in excessively. These point help extend the life of the batteries and charge cords though factory laptop batteries typically last 4-6 years depending on the care they are given. For my family up until recently the needs of going through school (Middle, High, College, Collage graduation) changes the demands have made the need to more powerful laptops after about 4 years necessary anyway is why I have not needed to replace batteries.

AV:
I not have an opinion on Bit Defender except that there are others here that use it and recommend it.
I do have an opinion on McAfee and it is not a good one.
McAfee and Norton are well known here as being Bloatware and I do have personal experience with both though years ago and all I here that has not changed for the better since then. They are system hogs, use system resources like they own your computer, and offer relatively poor protection. From what I here they are using older technology that has been patched many times and has bloated rather than using newer more efficient techniques. I also object to the constant interruptions that most AV programs have always done (requests for or warnings of updates (often massive downloads), constant pop ups telling us what they are doing and/or asking our permission for something or other, and their scheduled scans that tie up half or more memory and processing power for a half an hour to an hour of our time. Often these downloads, updates, and scans interrupt important tings we are trying to do and slows things down to a crawl. Personally I use Webroot Secure Anywhere which I find is very powerful, very lean on system resources, and does not unnecessarily annoy with pop ups. It simply does its job, protects, schedules its scans when it finds I am not heavily using the system, updates itself simply and quietly, and generally I can forget it is there most of the time. I can manually scan my system if needed and it takes less than a third of the time to scan that those others do and I can still do everything I want during the scan. I only see a warning if I click on a link to a site that is questionable and that is simply that the browser shows the warning instead of the page I clicked on and explains the suspect site. I do get the option to go anyway but 99.999% of the time it would be stupid to do that so I do not. I do have to pay for this advanced protection but with the discount for 5 machines, I pay for the 5 users about what I would have to pay for one user on the big name AV programs that I would never use anyway. Note also that I use their free app to protect our Android cell phones as well.

That said, if riider recommends Bit Defender then it is a quality product in my book and you can use it with confidence.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



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September 16, 2017 at 02:02:29
You can buy either 4400mAh or 5600mAh battery.

The 5600mAh battery will last longer than the 4400mAh one before it needs charging again.

Be aware that some cheap replacement batteries will reach the end of their life sooner than more expensive quality ones so don't buy the cheapest one you can find.

If you live in the UK, Currys/PC World sell quality replacement laptop batteries for the most well-known laptop brands.

Also, if you don't charge the battery for several months this will shorten it's life, you need use the battery regularly and charge it regularly.

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September 16, 2017 at 06:12:25
"Now I have McAfee AV software"

Replace it ASAP: https://www.bitdefender.com/solutio...


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September 16, 2017 at 19:43:41
Also make sure that your charger/cord is working properly. A bad charging cord will allow the battery to run down and not charge it. It takes a higher voltage output to charge the battery than it will take the same cord to just run the laptop. On a 7.2V battery the machine may run on as little as 7 or maybe even 6 volts, the battery would take a partial charge if the charger is putting out 9Volts but not fully charge unless the charger puts out roughly 12Volts. A battery that has been not charged or under charged for a while may take less charge eventually or no charge at all so a bad charger can ruine a good battery over time.

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September 17, 2017 at 19:37:22
#3 Fingers September 16, 2017 at 19:43:41

Many thanks for UR reply. In past I have calibrated Replacement Battery (RB) using my laptop. Now I'm hearing that RB should be charged and discharged 3 times using a quality charger/cord before using it.

My battery is 11.1 V DC. Please suggest safe output volts for charger! Can U please suggest few efficient/dependable brands? Does a cord not come w/charger? Is max.volts printed on a cord like standards to which it conforms etc.?

As suggested by #1 phil22, I'm in favor of buying better quality RB that should last for 2+ years. Pls. Any other suggestion(s) shall be appreciated.


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September 17, 2017 at 19:46:43
#2 Fingers September 16, 2017 at 19:43:41

Pls. List Plus points about bitdefender.com AV software that McAfee doesn't provide. It'll help me make right decision!

Bunch Thanks.


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September 17, 2017 at 21:43:25
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The voltages I gave were mainly for an example and remembered from NiCad batteries a bunch of years ago. I cannot make exact recommendations except to say that you should get a quality one (or have yours tested if possible) that is spec'd for that battery specifically. It is possible to charge a battery with your cord and IF you can confirm that it is at 100% charge then your cord might still be good. Charge cords do not typically come with replacement batteries but you might find a combo pack which would include it. I do not know particular brands of batteries that are quality (sorry) and I have only had to replace the battery once on a laptop. I do not use one myself (desktop at home and work) though I have daughters that use them regularly. I have taught them to let them run down often and charge them fully and avoid leaving them plugged in excessively. These point help extend the life of the batteries and charge cords though factory laptop batteries typically last 4-6 years depending on the care they are given. For my family up until recently the needs of going through school (Middle, High, College, Collage graduation) changes the demands have made the need to more powerful laptops after about 4 years necessary anyway is why I have not needed to replace batteries.

AV:
I not have an opinion on Bit Defender except that there are others here that use it and recommend it.
I do have an opinion on McAfee and it is not a good one.
McAfee and Norton are well known here as being Bloatware and I do have personal experience with both though years ago and all I here that has not changed for the better since then. They are system hogs, use system resources like they own your computer, and offer relatively poor protection. From what I here they are using older technology that has been patched many times and has bloated rather than using newer more efficient techniques. I also object to the constant interruptions that most AV programs have always done (requests for or warnings of updates (often massive downloads), constant pop ups telling us what they are doing and/or asking our permission for something or other, and their scheduled scans that tie up half or more memory and processing power for a half an hour to an hour of our time. Often these downloads, updates, and scans interrupt important tings we are trying to do and slows things down to a crawl. Personally I use Webroot Secure Anywhere which I find is very powerful, very lean on system resources, and does not unnecessarily annoy with pop ups. It simply does its job, protects, schedules its scans when it finds I am not heavily using the system, updates itself simply and quietly, and generally I can forget it is there most of the time. I can manually scan my system if needed and it takes less than a third of the time to scan that those others do and I can still do everything I want during the scan. I only see a warning if I click on a link to a site that is questionable and that is simply that the browser shows the warning instead of the page I clicked on and explains the suspect site. I do get the option to go anyway but 99.999% of the time it would be stupid to do that so I do not. I do have to pay for this advanced protection but with the discount for 5 machines, I pay for the 5 users about what I would have to pay for one user on the big name AV programs that I would never use anyway. Note also that I use their free app to protect our Android cell phones as well.

That said, if riider recommends Bit Defender then it is a quality product in my book and you can use it with confidence.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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