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Considering Battery Safety

Considering Battery Safety

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To ensure that your portable device can function as long as possible, it’s crucial to take good care of the battery. Although “best practices” from a few years ago have been superseded by background developments in battery technology, there are still a number of ways to increase (or decrease) the life of your laptop battery. We’ve compiled the best advice for maintaining the battery in your laptop, including how long you should leave it plugged in and how much you should let it discharge.

For laptops, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution like there is for many desktop computers. Knowing as much as you can about your laptop and its battery is crucial because every machine differs slightly. Since lithium-ion batteries are by far the most often used batteries in contemporary computers, our advice is applicable to them.

Conserve cycles to protect your battery.

All laptop batteries are designed to withstand a particular number of charge cycles, often 500 complete cycles, but occasionally much more. A charge cycle is essentially one complete discharge down to 0% and then a recharge back up to 100%. Half a cycle would be a discharge that goes from 100% to 50% and back again. All other factors being equal, the battery lasts longer the less you drain it because over time, each charge cycle reduces a battery’s capacity from its design specs.

So how do you get started? Learn how your laptop’s battery functions and what battery settings to enable by going to the power settings section. Observe hibernation modes as well. Your laptop should go into sleep ideally before the battery is completely depleted and also during downtime when you won’t be using it for a while.

Go through your apps and close any that are continuously draining your battery life in the background to conserve even more power. For instance, on Windows 10, we advise you to look for and turn on the Battery Saver. When the battery in your laptop reaches about 20% remaining, this mode will automatically start (more down below on why this is particularly important).

As a result, background apps will be automatically blocked, features like Calendar won’t sync or send notifications, the screen brightness will be reduced, and other changes will be made to save battery life so you can reach an outlet as soon as possible.

Consider turning on Power Nap for MacBooks so you may put your computer to sleep without worrying about it missing out on crucial tasks and preserve more battery life. By switching to a reduced graphics mode when performing simple tasks (such text-based work, where graphics aren’t as crucial), automatic graphics switching can also help Macs conserve energy.

You may also make a ton of manual adjustments here. Applications that may be running in the background, such as cloud storage and messaging services, can be shut down safely. By turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use, disabling extra features like keyboard backlighting, and generally lowering the number of components consuming power, you may manually reduce the amount of power you use.

Maintaining optimum battery life

Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries once had a problem known as “battery memory” that allowed them to “forget” their full charge capacity and keep charging at lower and lower levels. Modern lithium-ion batteries have solved this issue, but it gave rise to a lot of bad advice and discussions regarding battery maintenance based on out-of-date knowledge. It’s time to make things plain.

Contrary to some recommendations, you don’t need to regularly completely deplete and then recharge a lithium-ion battery in order to reboot or calibrate it; this is a damaging habit that is tough on your battery. There is still no consensus on whether performing a complete discharge a few times a year is a good idea. The general consensus appears to be that it is preferable to let your battery discharge (without completely draining it; aim for around 20%) and then charge it whenever possible.

Second, there was a time when it was suggested that consumers avoid leaving their devices plugged in because doing so could cause the battery to degrade more quickly. However, according to Battery University, modern devices are made to cease charging at 100%, thus leaving them plugged in has no effect on how long the battery lasts.

There’s nothing wrong with shutting your machine off and unplugging it if that’s how you feel more comfortable handling the situation because, like many other battery-related topics, the decision to keep your laptop plugged in after it reaches its maximum capacity is a contentious one. However, generally speaking, keeping your lithium-ion battery’s discharge rate above 20% is the greatest thing you can do for it. When you can, plug it in to charge, then do it again.

The good news is that, other from planning for your battery to ultimately start losing its overall capacity, there’s really not much else you need to do with current batteries and systems. Finally, discharge or charge your laptop to 50% before putting it away if you plan to store it for an extended period of time without using it.