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Saving Money on Laptop Batteries

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Saving Money on Laptop Batteries


Saving Money on Laptop Batteries

 

In today’s office environment, most employees use laptops.  Laptops are extremely convenient since they’re portable, which means employees can take them home to finish up work or even on out-of-town business trips or courses to learn hebrew online.  But unlike desktop computers, laptops use batteries that eventually need to be replaced.  And those batteries are not cheap – usually $50 or more per battery.  With the usual battery lifespan of anywhere from two to four years, it pays to maximize that time span.  So how do you make the most of your laptop battery?  Read our suggestions below that can save your office unnecessary expense. 

 

Take out the battery when possible

Though it seems counterintuitive, removing your battery when using the laptop with the power cord for long periods of time can actually add life to your battery.  That’s because when your battery is installed and the power cord is used there is a small amount of depletion, even when not using the battery.  And after a year or so, that depletion really adds up and can shorten your battery’s lifespan.  When removing the battery, make sure that you store it in a cool, dry place. 

 

If you’re on vacation or out of the office for an extended period of time, you should also remove your laptop’s battery, as it too will lengthen your battery’s lifetime. 

 

Turn off the wireless feature

If you’re connected to your office’s network system via a wired network, make sure to turn off the wireless feature, as it drains the battery.   

 

Watch where you place your laptop

If you take your laptop home or on business trips, don’t leave it lying around in a hot car, even if it’s in a briefcase.  The heat can really affect the battery’s lifespan, even for a short-time period of being left in a car.  In addition, if working at home on your computer, don’t work on it on a soft surface like your bed.  That’s because it can easily cause overheating, which can reduce the battery’s lifespan once again. 

 

Limit the use of speakers

Using the laptop’s speakers can drain the battery.  In other words, if you’re one of those people who enjoy listening to music while working, use your MP4 instead to save on your battery life. 

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