Prolonging Alienware Laptop Battery Life

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  1. Zlog

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    your battery is going to degrade in 2-3 years whether you charge it or not. Taking it out, not charging it, etc. really doesn't make any measurable difference.
     
  2. Serephucus

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    It doesn't matter. The people that suggest a rundown an full charge are taking what you used to have to go and do with phones a few years back and applying it to laptops, thinking they're the same battery. They're not.

    It's actually slightly worse to run down a laptop battery completely, but even that doesn't make a lot of difference. You can be constantly charging your battery, or you can leave it in a freezer and never touch it - it'll wear down pretty much the same.
     
  3. Paddon

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    Do we know if the M14x has a removable battery ?

    so you can do a quick swap
     
  4. Killer Juice

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    I think its like the M11x... you can't swap the battery unless you unscrew the bottom
     
  5. Serephucus

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    Yeah, it's under the bottom panel of the chassis. It's not removable, but at least it's replaceable.
     
  6. M18x

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    this.

    but I guess the more you use the battery (unplugged laptop) the sooner it dies :D
     
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    With my m11x, I used the option in my bios that said don't charge while plugged in. This worked, although I had to re-enter it every time I restarted my laptop
     
  9. chris3145

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    Lithium ion batteries are usually rated to last for a certain number of charge cycles they last. On my Toshiba Satellite I used to take the battery out and use the computer plugged in with no battery (to cut down on charge cycles) when I knew I wouldn't have to take it anywhere for an extended period.
    It had pretty miserable battery life starting at day 1, so I don't know if taking the battery out helped it last longer or not.
     
  10. TostitoBandito

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    QFT. Don't do this. Also, don't believe everything you read on the interwebs.
     
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