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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe
A battery life span, what's best/better for the battery?? - 06-07-2009, 12:53 AM
OK, my mobile provider's support guy said to fully empty (and then fully re-charge) my Dell Mini 9 netbook's battery for the first 2-3 times. I see that recommendation as a pretty straight-forward one, and there's no confusion here. But what about afterwards??
I mean, I always thought that it's better to re-charge only when the battery is almost empty, but from the results of a poll in the "A battery life poll" thread on forum on ArsTechnica (the pool is about mobile phone batteries though, but I guess it applies to Dell Mini too since AFAIK it also uses a Lithium Ion battery) I see that the number of votes says that it isn't so, or better yet, that it's actually the opposite.
Thanks in advance, satyr
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New Hampshire
06-08-2009, 12:01 AM
I will comment that I had an IBM T42 from work that I ran 95% of the time on AC - after four years the battery still had pretty much its original lifetime, so I'm not convinced that letting a battery "stretch its legs" really is beneficial. Note that once the charge is complete, the charging current is shut off.
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