Prolonging Alienware Laptop Battery Life

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  1. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    I've never really removed my battery unless i'm taking my machine apart and I've only got 10% wear after about 1.5 years. Not bad if you ask me. ;)
     
  2. mikecacho

    mikecacho Notebook Evangelist

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    Well i've owned my first R1 since June 2009, in which i had it plugged in 95% of its exsistence and the original battery finally stopped holding a strong charge (even tho the indicator on the battery shows it as fully charged) back in December 2011. The minute i disconnected the A/C power the laptop would immediately shut off.
     
  3. Defengar

    Defengar Notebook Deity

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    When I get my aw I am definitely getting an extra battery. My old Dell lattitude used to have decent battery life, two years later the PoS instantly shuts down if I unplug it from the wall. (The screen also went to hell for some reason).
     
  4. alienwarefac

    alienwarefac Newbie

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    i agree that would be preally helpful on the m18x as well.
     
  5. Indep102

    Indep102 Notebook Consultant

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    So i had an m15x for 3 years and the Battery died... I now have my m18x and much like my m15x it stays plugged in most the time (99% of the time)

    I have recently started un plugging it for 20-30 min when im not using it to let the battery run down some so i can charge it back up... ive heard this can keep them from going bad... Any input?
     
  6. J.Dre

    J.Dre Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The batteries today do not accept charge beyond 100%, so the laptop is running off of the adapter itself at this point. You don't have to worry about the battery. Letting it wear down every now and then is good for it. When you're not gaming, just use the battery for an hour.
     
  7. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Undefiled BGA-Hating Elitist

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    Here's the thread you were looking for. I merged your post with it. There is discussion here that is directly related to your question.
     
  8. funkmasterta

    funkmasterta Notebook Evangelist

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  9. simonj13

    simonj13 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi there,

    As you can tell I'm not a regular poster here but I've been hovering and reading all the amazing information provided and shared amongst the great community on NBR forums.

    Forgive me if I'm just a fail as I would not be surprised at all if this has already been posted elsewhere... but I promise, I did just spend the past 30 minutes using the forum search tools but didn't find what I needed before deciding to create this (possibly redundant) post.

    I'm looking for Alienware users (Mr. Fox?), but really welcome just anyone with decent notebook usage experience, to chime in, or at least direct me to another relevant post, on how to properly care for CURRENT GEN notebook batteries. Specifically desktop replacements like Alienware 17 (m17x) or 18 (m18x) without removable batteries?

    A simple Google search on notebook battery care lists many pros and cons to both such as leaving battery plugged in will deteriorate battery especially if notebook gets hot, but benefit being able to prevent notebook from shutting off if power goes out etc (duh)

    This is of particular concern to me as I'm currently almost dead set on purchasing either a Alienware 17 or 18. Just waiting for other users to get their units and review before pulling the trigger. But without the ability to pull out the batteries while using it on a regular basis as a desktop replacement I'm afraid the battery will deteriorate rapidly. Especially given said notebooks would likely be prone to the dreaded battery killer "HEAT" since I will use it for gaming.

    I especially worried since a long-gone premium Samsung laptop ($2000+) notebook I got about 8 years ago started out with a battery life of 2hrs, then after 1 yr of leaving it plugged in constantly, ended up with a battery life of 15mins on a full charge (not even kidding).

    And then I thought "That was old tech, current tech must be better." But I recently got a HP DV7-7373CA for work. I initially refused to even unwrap the battery as I had no use for it at work and just left it plugged in. 2 weeks ago I decided to put in the battery... and today I already noticed the status saying "95% available (plugged in, not charging).

    I'll be darned if I spend $2500 - $3000 on an Alienware and get the same problem...

    Thanks in advance for your input!
     
  10. Alienware-L_Porras

    Alienware-L_Porras Company Representative

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    We have listed some of the best tips to take care of the battery on these machines. Here you go!
     
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