Charge a New Laptop Battery

Laptop batteries are notorious for dying out and losing charge quickly. If you treat your battery with the utmost care, you’ll have success in getting the most out of it. Know what type of battery you have and understand how it needs to be treated in order to perform. But first make sure you charge your laptop battery properly when using it for the first time.

Your new laptop battery comes in a discharged condition and must be charged before use (refer to your computer manual for charging instructions). Upon initial use (or after a prolonged storage period) the battery may require two to three charge/discharge cycles before achieving maximum capacity.

When charging the laptop battery for the first time your computer may indicate that charging is complete after just 10 or 15 minutes. This is a normal phenomenon with rechargeable batteries. Simply remove the battery from the computer and repeat the charging procedure.

It is important to condition (fully discharge and then fully charge) the toshiba laptop battery every two to three weeks. Failure to do so may significantly shorten the battery’s life (this does not apply to Li-ion batteries, which do not require conditioning). To discharge, simply run your device under the battery’s power until it shuts down or until you get a low battery warning. Then recharge the battery as instructed in your user’s manual.

First Time Charging
The amount of time it takes for your toshiba PA3534U-1BRS battery to fully charge depends on many factors, like your battery type and operating system. Many newer laptops will charge in 15 to 20 minutes, while others can take a few hours.

When you’re charging your battery for the first time, charge it fully before using your laptop. You may have to go through a battery cycle a couple times before your battery begins performing at its maximum capability. To do this, charge your battery fully, let it discharge to about five percent, and then fully charge it again.

Battery Maintenance
Charging your battery for the first time is just the beginning. You must give your battery the utmost attention if you want to get the best out of it.

Never let your battery stay connected to a power source once it’s fully charged. This leaves the battery in a constant state of charging up, ultimately reducing its life cycle. Once your battery is charged, unplug your laptop AC adapter, or remove the battery.

When you’re storing a battery, expect it to naturally discharge itself about 10 to 15 percent over a four-month period. It’s best to fully charge your battery before storage. When you are storing your battery, you should plug it into your laptop every month or so and let it discharge and charge back up a little. Make sure you fully discharge and charge your battery every three or four months.

Maximizing Battery Performance
There are several tips to preserving your battery life and achieving its maximum performance. One simple thing users can do is turn down the brightness of their screen as low as possible. Another option is to check your battery performance tool installed on your computer. This will allow you to control exactly how you want your battery’s power to be used.

Preventing the Memory Effect – Keep your battery healthy by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule are Li-ion batteries which do not suffer from the memory effect.

Keep Your Batteries Clean – It’s a good idea to clean dirty battery contacts with a cotton swab and alcohol. This helps maintain a good connection between the battery and your portable device.

Exercise Your Battery – Do not leave your battery dormant for long periods of time. We recommend using the battery at least once every two to three weeks. If a battery has not been used for a long period of time, perform the new battery break in procedure described above.

When you’re using your laptop, try not to run many programs at once. This will kill your battery life quickly, and also try to close down any programs that you aren’t using at the moment. Go into your computer’s settings and adjust features like screen savers, sleep/hibernate mode and auto-save functions to suit your desire.

If you don’t plan on using the battery for a month or more, we recommend storing it in a clean, dry, cool place away from heat and metal objects. Ni-Cd, NiMH and Li-ion batteries will self-discharge during storage; remember to break them in before use. Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries must be kept at full charge during storage. This is usually achieved by using special trickle chargers. If you do not have a trickle charger, do not attempt to store SLA batteries for more than three months.

For Notebook Users – To get maximum performance from your battery, fully optimize the notebook’s power management features prior to use. Power management is a trade off: better power conservation in exchange for lesser computer performance. The power management system conserves battery power by setting the processor to run at a slower speed, dimming the screen, spinning down the hard drive when it’s not in use and causing the machine to go into sleep mode when inactive. Your notebook user’s guide will provide information relating to specific power management features.


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