Laptop Battery Better Off Not Charging

Dell / Inspirion 1764
April 20, 2010 at 20:33:41
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, Athlon 64 4gb
Hi guys,
I have been reading, and I have read that it's better to actually use your battery than to not. So I was wondering, is it possible to setup the power options so that it ONLY starts charging once it reaches a pre-defined level (ie 50%)? And if so, would this be at all beneficial, or would it just be a waste of time?

I used to just never plug in the battery, but for the 10-60 seconds I used to have to occasionally unplug, I don't want to have to worry about keeping the battery charged.

-Thanks in advance!

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April 20, 2010 at 23:56:12
not sure if you can set the battery to charge at certain levels, but...if your usually plugged, take out the battery and store it in a plastic bag in the freezer, if you are using the battery a lot, plug it for recharge only when its down to the last 10-20%..

its not as important as it used to be, but batteries are still pretty expensive, so a little thought goes a long way.;-)

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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April 21, 2010 at 14:39:39
Time and use both ruin a battery. It may be slightly better to never have the battery installed if all you do is use the laptop on AC.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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April 22, 2010 at 07:20:44
NiCad batteries always had a problem with 'memory' (if you only used the top 30% and recharged, then you had trouble using it when you needed it. Deep cycling a few times helped though.), but today's Nickel Metal Hydride and Lithium batteries do not have this problem. Though is still a good idea to run your batteries down to the 10% level (or near it) most of the time, don't stress it if you NEED a full charge the next day, just charge it.

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

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April 22, 2010 at 08:04:43
I really appreciate the responses. Thanks guys!

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