Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Web Secret #17 - Healthy Batteries

You've owned your laptop for a year or two, and you notice that the battery does not hold a charge the way it used to. Now what?

Laptop batteries can hold only a limited number of charge cycles before they begin to wear out. If the laptop is still under warranty, check with the manufacturer to see if the battery is covered. Then order a replacement.

Many companies suggest another possible fix - recalibrating the battery. This involves exhausting it and charging it back up again to reset its internal processor. Apple has its battery care tips online, and so does Hewlett-Packard. Just visit the online technical support section for your brand and you can find similar instructions.

Bonus Tip: However tempting, do not purchase a replacement from a third-party vendor. This is not where you want to save money.

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