Solved should I keep laptop plugged in all the time?

April 3, 2014 at 13:52:48
Specs: Windows 7, 4 GB Ram
Have a Dell Windows 7 laptop, not hooked up to the internet, Should I keep it plugged in all the time? or unplug it between use? I have heard both ways so thought I would ask the experts here.

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April 3, 2014 at 14:19:56
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Keeping it plugged in all the time will reduce the battery life significantly (unless the battery is removed).

- If you regularly use it on battery power, it's be best to fully charge it, remove it from the charger, then use it on battery power until it drains to the point that it needs to be recharged again. Repeat the cycle as necessary.
- If you rarely use it on battery power & the laptop spends the majority of it's time on the charger, remove the battery & only charge it when you know you'll need it.
- Or you can leave it on the charger with the battery in place & deal with the battery life issue when the time comes. And it's likely that time will come on a day when you most need to run on battery power.

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April 3, 2014 at 14:27:36
If you mean left switched on and plugged into the mains... I tend to favour either a sleep/standby mode if likely to be using it at intervals during the day; and power down fully at night (and switch off the ac-mains feeding the ac-adapter). And also left totally powered down when not required across the day etc...

The battery (if in good condition) will retain its power for a long time when the laptop is not switched on. And when you power up again it will automatically top up via the ac-adapter (presuming of course the ac-mains feeding it is "on"...)

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April 3, 2014 at 14:31:18
Incidentally my elderly Acer Aspire battery is over 5yrs old and has generally been "used" as in my post above... There was a brief period when I did remove it and run on mains-power only. But that was an age ago...

I have gone through 3 ac-adapters though...

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April 3, 2014 at 17:04:03
I'm using a second-hand Dell notebook computer made in 1997
as an auxilliary desktop machine that I sometimes move around.
The battery was nearly dead when it was given to me six or seven
years ago, and is much closer to completely dead now. So I have
it plugged in all the time and never use the battery. Yet on those
rare occasions when the power has gone out while I was using
the computer, that old, moribund battery let me save my work
before shutting down.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 3, 2014 at 17:20:00
This might be of interest:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 3, 2014 at 17:52:24
Thanks riider:
what I have been doing is pluging it into the charger, then I use the laptop for awhile, then get off and unplug the charger.
The next time or two I will use it on just the battery, then I'll check to see how much time is left on the battery, It will say something like "2hrs 28 minutes left" so then I will plug it into the charger until the light goes out. then unplug the charger again
I hope that is alright as I have no idea how to take out the battery.LOL
Thanks to everyone for all your help. I will be back in a day or two with more problems that need solving.

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April 4, 2014 at 01:28:41
On most (all?) non Apple laptops the battery is removed by releasing a couple of clips and sliding it out. It's very easily done.

The user guide/manual ought to have that information.

On Apple kit one often has to remove the base to access the battery...

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