Experiencing loss of battery? How to optimise your laptop battery

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Experiencing loss of battery? Or can’t switch your laptop back on?

Proper battery care helps to preserve the life of your laptop battery, ensuring your laptop is ready to power up when you need it. This is important regardless of whether your laptop is brand new, a few years old or second use.

Batteries don’t like to be completely run down – in fact, if they get below 5% and are not left charging, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to turn it back on.

This can be a frequent issue in organisations, for example schools, or perhaps education facilities where laptops are maybe out of use for long periods over semesters or school holidays. With the right care and attention, you can optimise the life of your battery.

What can you do to optimise the life of your laptops?

If you have any unused laptops in your facility, make sure you regularly check the batteries. We recommend keeping them charged to at least 50% so that they can stay comfortably above the minimum power threshold.

If Lithium-Ion Polymer batteries are left uncharged for very long periods of time, the voltage in the battery’s cells will start to drop and may become unserviceable. This may lead to the creation of gas within the cell, causing the battery pack to swell or pillow.

Lithium-ion batteries are well documented for swelling. Lithium-ion Polymer batteries are housed in a flexible multi-layer pouch, which may sometimes swell for a variety of reasons.. See the link to information from HP & DELL’s website:

HP’s website – https://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c05640567#:~:text=It%20is%20the%20result%20of,are%20not%20a%20safety%20issue.

Dell’s website – https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-uk/000128491/swollen-battery-information-and-guidance

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