By Alex Mitchley
One of the reasons we get laptops is because they are portable, making it entirely useful to use on the go.
Unlike with a desktop computer that you can’t haul around, with a laptop you can work from a coffee shop, then take it back to work, then take it back home. Look, with a laptop you can take it virtually anywhere.
There is only one problem.Laptops have a limited battery life and more often than not batteries don’t last for an entire working day, especially when you are using multiple applications and web browsing on the device.
According to Computer Hope a laptop battery should last between two to four years before its replaced and the total lifetime of the unit is dependent on the type of battery. For example if it is a Lithium-ion which are more expensive batteries they function better and for longer. As for battery life, Computer Hope says, the average life of laptop battery can be anywhere between 1 and 6 hours.
The time is dependent on the type of battery and well as its capacity. It is also important to note that as the battery ages the capacity of the laptop battery also decreases.
Here are some tips to maximise your battery life according to Computer Hope.
- When purchasing a new laptop before using it, make sure you charge it for at least 24 hours. Once fully charged try to not discharge it fully.
- If you are using the Laptop whilst it is plugged in, remove the battery.
- If you are planning to not use your computer for an extended period of time, remove the battery during that period.
- If your battery is not a Lithium-ion battery, use until flat before charging it again
- As is with most batteries, it’s best for their health to keep them out of extreme temperature
Use these tips to prolong battery life and the capacity of the battery, but don’t fret, some laptops have a much longer battery life than others. Here is a list of three laptops with a long battery life.
Lenovo Laptops are known for their long battery lives, last from anywhere from 6 hours to a whopping 17 hours. According to Laptop Mag which continuously surfed the web until the battery was drained, the Lenovo ThinkPad x260 lasted the longest coming in at 17 hours and 14 minutes. The Lenovo ThinkPad T460 lasted 13:12 hours and the Lenovo 100S Chromebook lasted for over 11 hours.
The Acer 1 Cloudbook an inexpensive laptop came in second lasting 14 hours and 43 minutes. While being the only Acer on the list, the laptop is described as an online orientated Windows laptop that is productive, has a fast wireless connection along with many other features.
Yes! Yes, all you Apple fans will be happy to know that the MacBook Air 13 inch also made it onto the list of Laptops with the longest battery life span, coming it at number 3 lasting for 14 hours.
So when buying a laptop, make sure that you know how long the battery lasts for, the last thing you want is for a laptop to die on you whilst you are about to finish really important work with a looming deadline whilst at your favourite restaurant.