The Nitty Gritty On Laptop Battery Problems

Laptop battery problems can take on many forms, and often the user is clueless that anything is wrong with the battery until the laptop just fails to start up one day. Below are some thoughts on what forms laptop battery problems take, what factors contribute to them and what you can do about them.

The Memory Effect
This occurrence is normally seen in Ni-Cad and NiMH batteries, and is often caused by the battery being recharged even before it has fully used up its stored energy. This causes the battery to eventually fail to charge to its normal capacity. The best way to avoid these types of laptop battery problems is discharge the battery fully every month before recharging it.

The cost of laptop batteries
Some batteries are designed to work only with a specific laptop brand or model, which makes them more expensive, since such batteries are typically manufactured in low volumes. Unfortunately, some manufacturers do this as a way to entice customers into buying a new laptop. Conversely, laptop batteries that are manufactured in large volumes result in lower costs for the customer.

Should the battery be left in the laptop for long period even when it is unused?
This is generally not a good idea, as this will cause the battery to discharge slowly even if it is unused. In some case, the laptop may even fail to recognize the battery if it has been allowed to discharge completely. It may also be a good idea to avoid charging your battery fully before storing it.

Battery heating issues
Most laptop batteries typically become too hot to touch when they are in use. If this happens, it might be a good idea to take it out and let it cool down for a while. If the battery heats up excessively shortly after it has been placed back in the laptop, it may have to be replaced.

Storing batteries in the fridge
It may surprise you to know that batteries can be stored in the fridge to prevent them from losing their charge quickly, although you will have to store them in an airtight container.

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