Laptop

How to buy a laptop battery?

A battery is a laptop component that supplies power to a device, enabling that device to work without a power cord. Batteries are capable of powering a laptop computer for several hours depending on how much power it requires. Today, many high-end devices such as computers, laptops and mobiles use rechargeable batteries that allow a user to recharge the battery once drained out of energy. So no matter how well you treat your laptop’s battery, it will eventually die. If you’re lucky, it will be time to replace your laptop by the time its battery dies. If you’re not, you’ll need to replace the battery.

Now, Question arises – How do you know what to buy, from who to buy, and what you even should be looking for when buying a laptop battery?

When you buy a replacement battery for your laptop, you need to consider several factors, including Part number, Make, and Model and Capacity and Voltage and Number of Cells and finally the Retailer, Price and Warranty.

Part Number, Make, and Model

The part number above all is what needs to be known before going to buy your battery. And Also the make and model are next most important part identifiers you must know.  The make is the manufacturer (e.g. Asus, Acer, Hp, Samsung, Dell etc). The model is a multi-component word that includes the line and actually model number.For example the HP Compaq Presario CQ42-301AU is an example of a HP Compaq made laptop that is part of the Presario series and which has model number CQ42-301AU.

Capacity

Capacity also known as run-time Battery capacity quantifies the total amount of energy stored within a battery. More capacity equals a longer run-time between battery charges. Battery capacity is measured in amperes, which is the volume of electrons passing through the batteries electrolyte per second. A milliAmp hour (mAh) is the most commonly used notation system for consumer electronic batteries.  For Example Capacity 8800MAH

Voltage

For laptop batteries the most common voltage measurements are: 7.2V, 9.6V, 10.8V, 11.1V, and 14.4V. Since you cannot choose the voltage measurement for your laptop go with whatever measurement is closest to your old battery. The best example would be a 10.8V battery could be used with an 11.1V battery.

Number of Cells

The number of cells is important since the more cells contained in the battery the higher the capacity will be. To determine the number of cells in your laptop battery you need to have some general idea of what cells are being used in your battery. So battery can 6cell, 9cell, 12cell.

Retailer, Price and Warranty

Once you have all the above information now it is time to pick and choose a retailer to buy from. When choosing a retailer to buy a laptop battery from take into consideration the retailer’s reputation, the price, the warranty, and the return policy. Be smart about where you buy from and only buy from a reputable retailer. With batteries you never want used  or fake So we at Gabstores make sure that if a problem arises then we are there to make it right.

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Laptop

How to take care of your Laptop Charger

Laptops are made to be portable, that means the laptop battery life lasts for up to six or seven hours before you need to be charge again. Therefore, it is likely that you will need your laptop charger all times to give power supply to your laptop, also which is commonly known as an AC Adapter Charger.

Often time you forget to take care for your chargers and just place them anywhere. These actions can result to the damage of the laptop charger if not initially addressed. You may think that it is OK to simply ignore to take care of your charger but as owners of one, it is your responsibility.

Unfortunately, your laptop charger can become damaged in many ways, by getting tightly wrapped up, wire breaks due to twisting and rolling, by stuffing it in small case, constant plugging and unplugging wears out the cord

However, with proper care and use you can prolong the lifespan of the laptop charger. Here are a few simple ways to care for your AC adapter.

  1. A) Make sure you use a charger that is specifically for your laptop. If you use a laptop charger that is not for you, the possibilities of your laptop is damaged is high.
  1. B) Before plugging the charger in the power outlet, make sure the product is made to fit the voltage circuit requirement such as 110 or 220V. The same goes with plugging the chargers connector in the laptop under the specific laptop model your charger serves
  1. C) Place your laptop charger somewhere that water cannot reach it to avoid electrocution of the user and the destruction of your laptop
  1. D) Always unplug your charger when it is too hot. This is to prevent it from spoiling and damaging the laptop. You are advised to disconnect the charger when the battery is full to save energy usage
  1. E) When using the charger for a long time, place it in a surface which allows it cool down or in surface where circulation is possible and that does not trap heat like the fabric, cushions, leather sofa, your thighs, blankets and more. This is to avoid over-heat.
  1. F) Wire from the charger should be avoided contact with sharp objects such as torn corner table. If the charger wire is torn, do not use anymore. Do not wrap the wire charger with ‘tape’ or other material. Electric shock and damage to the laptop can occur. Change and buy a new charger.
Laptop

Should Laptop be plugged in while it is Fully Charged?

laptop-chargerThe answer would be no. There are pros and cons to leaving your laptop plugged in all time, even if it is 100% Charged.

The big problem in using your laptop while it is plugged is that most of the laptop restrict their speed performance in order to get prolonged life of the battery. So if you don’t want to deal with slow processing speed then you can change your Laptop’s Power Management settings.

But let me tell you, if you change your performance setting in order to get maximum processing speed then it would lead to reduced battery life and this will make you to plug in your laptop sooner.

However, if you want to get prolonged life for your laptopbattery then you should not be using your laptop while plugged in all the time. Nowadays laptop batteries should not be “Overcharged” because the adapter will bypass once the laptop battery is fully charged.

These laptop batteries are either lithium polymer or lithium – ion which are designed to withstand infinite amount charge cycles.  So laptop battery cannot be overcharged, it stop charging as soon as it is 100% charged.

So, what should you do to increase your Laptop processingpower and battery life? The best thing is not to let your laptop’s battery drain completely. If you drain all your laptop’s battery then this would reduce infinite number of recharge cycles. So, try to leave your laptop battery around 50% charged whenever unplugged.

Another reason for reducing battery life is overheating.  Excessive heat that is generated by the laptop slowdowns your battery life. Make sure that your laptop cooling fan is working properly so that laptop does not get over heated.