How to properly charge a new laptop battery

desiplaya4life

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i heard laptop batteries SHOULD? be properly charge when you use it for the first time? whats the process to get the maximum battery life/charge

thanks!
 

Jawo

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I just got a new battery myself....I just put it in my laptop and let it charge with the computer off. I didn't t know there were special instructions
 

Eli

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There isn't much you can do other than plug it in and let it charge.
 

Shawn

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just make sure it charges fully without interruptions the first time you charge it.
 

Cristatus

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Usually, with laptops, and phones as well, I let them charge for ~12 hours (maybe 8 depends on how patient/busy I am) and not use it while I'm charging it.

edit: of course, I only do this the first time around.
 

desiplaya4life

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i heard that you let them fully drain the first time and then let it fully charge? so not true?

can i charge the battery and use the laptop at same time? or while its off only?
 

pkme2

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When you get a new Lithium battery, you need to fully charge it. I have recharged my batteries when necessary without fully discharging and haven't noticed any differences. One obvious situation is that replacement of battery is expected every 1 1/2 to 2 yrs of constant usage.
 

halfadder

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No matter what, plug it in and charge up the battery for a good long time when it first arrives.

Some people recommend fully charging the battery, then run it off battery for your "normal" applications until the battery goes dead. Doing this once will supposedly calibrate the battery's "time remaining" calculations. Note this has nothing to do with the "memory effect" that oldschool NiCad batteries had.