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joseneto

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Hi there!


Best way to store a laptop. Battery empty or fully charged?

Tks in advance!

José Neto-Portugal
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How long are you storing it for?

I guess it wouldnt matter but, if it is for a really long time I just drain it dead. Though trying to get it to work like it does before store might a little harder. It could having problems holding its juice till it needs a charge again, or even holding a charge at all. I have seen a older Compaq sit for a year and be fine, but the battery will loss its abilty to hold and charge if not ever plugged in after a certain amount of time.

Edited by fr33zypop, 27 February 2008 - 07:10 PM.

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if you're planning on actually shelving the laptop (like keeping it in a closet) for long periods of time...i'd actually take the battery out (if you've got an internal battery i'd take that one out as well) this will help to prevent the "charge memory" loss that fr33zypop was talking about since the laptop won't be causing a constant trickle on the battery (yes even when your laptop is off....it's drawing some electricity out of the battery)
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Thanks you guys, most helpful indeed!

Keep up the good work!
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Also it depends on the battery. If it is a NIMH battery I'm not sure that it matters.... however if it is a Lithium-ion battery you should charge it to about 40% before storing or maybe more if you are leaving it a long time. Lithium-ions should not be allowed to run all the way dead as if they get too low they won't charge properly... With them temperature is what makes the biggest difference with them... You could also try looking up your type of battery on google.... or even find a site that specializes in batteries and see if they can give you specifics... that's how I found out about Lithium-ion batteries I wanted to know instead of telling people what I had heard second hand.....
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