Laptop Battery Issue
Hi Nancy -
It’s hard to say exactly why the battery started acting up in the first place. All batteries have a limited number of ‘cycles’ – the number of times the battery can be successfully discharged & recharged, and several different factors can affect their ability to charge & recharge. Batteries also need to be charged & recharged. If they are left for long periods of time (months & months) either fully charged (because they are connected to A/C or docked) or discharged (because they haven’t been used & are unplugged from A/C), they lose their ability to be recharged effectively.
From our experience, laptop batteries are good for about three years. Some last a little longer, others less so. We also notice that batteries start losing their total charge time (the amount of time it takes the laptop to discharge the battery when the laptop is running on battery) from day 1 – a slow and steady decline until the battery will hold no charge at all.
Using a laptop without a battery or with a completely defective battery is usually not a problem provided that the laptop is connected to A/C power. This doesn’t make the laptop particularly portable, but it will work.
Hope that information helps. Please let us know if we can help out in any other way.
hunter greene Brainspiral Technologies, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org http://brainspiral.com w: 413-458-5755 c: 413-281-4918
On May 22, 2009, at 8:34 AM, Nancy wrote:
> Good morning, Hunter, > > Well, after the morning’s message of “Irreperable damage has been > detected, Replace the battery with a new one,” and the blinking > battery icon and the big red “X” on the tool bar at the bottom, I > received a message around 2 p.m. that that “the battery is fully > discharged.” I left the machine on and over the next three hours it > became fully charged, with no blinking icon or message. Go figure! > > The laptop has been on the dock all this time…I haven’t removed it > for use elsewhere for a long time. > So how to explain how the battery got discharged? Anyway, so far, so > good today. > > Nancy >