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My 5-year old Apple notebook's battery had a useful life of a few minutes, at best, right now

My 3-year old basic Nokia phone still has pretty much the same multi-day battery life as in the beginning.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 06:54:31 AM EST
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Thats probably down to you running the laptop plugged in, the best way to retain battery life is to unplug the laptop as soon as the battery is full, otherwise, running it and minimally recharging causes damage to the battery cells. Modern laptop charging cuircuits will reduce the damage, but dont eliminate it entirely. Your mobile phone will be run mainly disconnected, so this problem wont occur.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 07:44:19 AM EST
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I unplugged my laptop.
by senilebiker on Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 at 07:53:24 AM EST
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what about removing the charged battery, and putting it back in when needed? will that lengthen life?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Sep 24th, 2009 at 02:09:59 AM EST
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