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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Home of Dell, TX
06-13-2010, 07:48 PM
I would have to agree with the above. I have a 4 year old Dell 640m with an extended battery. It stays on AC power (on or off) about 95% of the time. The battery originally lasted about 5 hours, now after 4 years, I would say I get about 4.5 hours out of it.
So, based on my experience, my mini will be treated no differently.
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Join Date: Jul 2009
06-13-2010, 10:00 PM
If anyone is curious about the details of their battery, this utility seems to show quite a bit more detail than anything else I've seen. Here's what it showed for one of my older laptops. Looks like mine has lost about 37% of its original capacity, but still not to shabby for being 6 years old.
Battery 1 Properties
Name DELL 1P745
Unique ID 422PanasonicDELL 1P745
Location Sys. Battery Bay
Designed Capacity 71990 mWh
Fully Charged Capacity 46060 mWh
Current Capacity 45320 mWh (98%)
Designed Voltage 11962 mV
Wear Level 37 %
Smart Battery Version 1.0
SBDS Serial Number 0000
SBDS Manufacture Date 2004-09-13
Availability Running or Full Power
Estimated Charge Remaining 98 %
Estimated Run Time 126 Minutes (2 Hours 6 Minutes) of 128 Minutes (2 Hours 8 Minutes)
Discharge Rate 21567 mW
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
06-14-2010, 05:35 AM
As far as I know when it comes to the Mini, which may not apply to other laptops, when the battery reaches fully charged, the AC adapter switches so it directly powers the laptop rather than going through the battery. I'm on 81% total capacity since buying a Mini9 in November 2008 with very heavy useage running the battery from full to almost drained 5 days a week when I've been away from any power outlets.
I say this as it seems the switch which alternates between drawing power from the battery and AC power hasn't been working on my Mini9 for the last couple of months, so when reaching a full charge will disconnect from the wall outlets' supply and begin to run off battery power, unless I remove the battery and restart the netbook.
Dell Mini 9 - 64GB Runcore - 2GB RAM - Windows 7 - 16GB SD - Jolicloud Beta
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
06-15-2010, 01:06 AM
If the program is accurate; my mini and its 3 cell battery has lost 9% of its capacity after having owned it for about 14 months. Again I use it running on the AC adapter about 90% of the time.
Thanks for the neat little program, seems like it does alot for its size. fdalbor
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