Laptop Battery 2022: Habits That Are Damaging Your Laptop's Battery

The latest technology has allowed your laptop to have a more efficient and longer battery life, but that does not mean that you can't take extra measures to take care of it.

There are certain habits that may cause your laptop's battery to die. Below are some of them.

Charging Your Laptop Constantly

If you think that keeping your laptop plugged in at times is the best way to make sure that it does not drain, then you're wrong. By doing this, you are overcharging your laptop and it can cause it to trickle charge as they near capacity, according to PCMag.

Your laptop's battery will last longer if it does not hold a high voltage level for hours. The life of your battery can be prolonged by not keeping it at 100% all the time. This means that you need to unplug your laptop from time to time.

If your laptop is charging several hours in a day, the capacity will degrade to around 70% in just three years, at which point you will need to either replace it or upgrade your laptop.

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Letting the Battery Get Too Hot or Too Cold

Exposing batteries to extreme temperatures is bad for lithium-ion cells. If you leave your laptop in a car, it will be exposed to sub-zero temperatures and it may result in irreversible damage to the cell, according to DigitalTrends.

Some electric vehicles that use lithium-ion batteries implement temperature management systems in their vehicles to limit the damage especially during winter.

Unfortunately, your laptop does not have this type of system, which is why you should be careful. If the worst happens, your laptop is exposed to the cold, it is better to let it warm up before you use it.

The cold isn't the only temperature that can damage the laptop's battery. Exposing your laptop to extreme heat can affect your laptop battery's performance. If you let it sit in the sun for yours, the batteries drain faster.

Make sure that you put your laptop in a room that is not too hot and there is enough airflow.

Not Performing Discharges

According to HowtoGeek, lithium-ion batteries last longer when they are only charged around 40% to 80%. If you let the battery discharge too much, it may shorten its life. This is true if you keep the battery above 80% for too long.

Luckily, several laptop manufacturers are now offering battery-preserving long-life modes to help with this issue.

Some laptop brands allow you to limit the charge percentage to only 80% to help prolong the life of the battery. This feature is supported by the manufacturers via their own apps. Other brands use freeware Battery Limiter app for Windows.

On macOS, you can use AIDente so you can set a charge limit on your laptop, or you can use Apple's optimized charging feature if you keep a regular schedule.

Optimized Charging tracks your schedule by keeping your laptop at a reduced capacity until your need it. If the laptop recognizes that you took your device off charge at a certain time each day, it won't perform the full 100% charge.

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