A laptop battery is what makes your laptop run. Without it, you won’t be able to use your laptop unless it is plugged-in directly to a wall outlet. Think of the battery like the gasoline that fuels your car. These days, batteries are made of lithium ion and have an average power of around 4 hours. Unlike gasoline though, your laptop battery would degrade over the long run. Why does this happen?
There are two facts that affect this; one is that notebook batteries today last for an average of 300 recharges, and second these batteries have a lifespan of 3 years. If you go over these limits then your battery would not operate at its peak performance. It would be time then to get a replacement battery.
To make the most out of your notebook battery, here are some tips on how to extend its life. What I did to extend the life of my Dell D620 battery and my IBM Thinkpad T60 battery used on both of my laptops is that I made sure to use them efficiently. First, since we are limited to an average of 300 charges, when you do a recharge make sure to do it when your battery is nearly empty so as to do a complete charge. If you charge your battery when it is still half full then you are wasting the extra power in it while cutting back on its lifetime. The same would go if you have a Latitude D620 battery, Inspiron 6000 battery, Dell 6000 battery, Dell 6400 battery or a KD476.
Next, try to minimize using your hardware. Examples of these are not to turn your LCD to its maximum brightness level and running only important programs when computing on battery. The more programs you open the more power your CPU would have to draw from the battery. Also, try to cut back on some unimportant hardware usage. If you aren’t using your WiFi try to turn it off. If you want to listen to music from a disk, then create a backup of the record and store in your hard drive. So the next time you play your music, it will be directly from the hard drive and not from a CD or DVR ROM which cuts battery lifespan real quick.
Even after trying to squeeze extra life on your notebook battery there will come a time when you really will have to replace it. If the original battery isn’t available anymore then a replacement battery is a good option. These batteries are easy to find, just search the internet for any online store that caters replacement batteries.