Batteries, Laptop to Charge or Not?

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Wilhelm, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Wilhelm

    Wilhelm Senior Member

    Jan 7, 2011
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    I have a Windows 7 Toshiba Laptop and I tend to use it while watching the TV, should I charge it then? I know that laptop batteries only are good for so many charges. Is it better to let it run down and recharge when needed? Or put it on charge while using it at home? Thanks
  2. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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    May 16, 2010
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    I get the impression that batteries are just getting better in terms of charging/recharging and what has been called the memory effect. I used to make a point of regularly unplugging my laptop from the charger once fullt charged and also regularly running it down to fully discharged. Havne't bothered with either for a very long time now - when using as a desktop it's invariably plugged in and charging, when no access to power supply it gets used for as long as needed or as long as it lasts on battery. All my batteries have run for years regardless of charging/discharging rates and patterns.
  3. whs

    whs Extraordinary Member

    Sep 17, 2009
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    A while ago I read an article from a battery manufacturer and he claimed that it did not matter - either way the battery has a limited lifespan. But popular wisdom is to run it low from time to time and then recharge

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