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#1 Jacqueline

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    Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:24 PM

    if it's off and fully charged? does anyone know? i had it charging last night and forgot to unplug it this am and joe is all pissy cuz he thinks im going to wreck it by leaving it plugged in while it's fully charged. he said we have to let the battery go almost completely dead before recharging or it will ruin it. im not much of a computer person, neither is joe so i dunno who told him this or if its true.

    #2 Michelle

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      Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:29 PM

      umm well how long have you had the laptop its usually only the first one or two charges that you should let the battery completely die and then charge it....after that im pretty sure it doesnt matter what you do it wont hurt the battery..thats what my dad has always told me and he works with building computers so i hope he is right lol

      #3 Bianca

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        Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:32 PM

        I think with certain types of batteries you are supposed to let them die before you recharge. Chris tells me that I shouldn't leave the battery plugged in because if there is a power surge or something it could fry the laptop. I don't think leaving it plugged in will harm anything. Battery life starts to die down around a year anyways, I don't think there is much you can do about that.
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        Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:35 PM

        I've heard that too (what Joe said) so now I'm curious. Hmmmm I'm like JOe I always give DH a hard time if he plugs it back in when it's not fully drained

        #5 Bianca

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          Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:40 PM

          Is it a lithium ion battery Sounds like its more important to not let the battery die completely...

          How to prolong lithium-based batteries
          A lithium-ion battery provides 300-500 discharge/charge cycles. The battery prefers a partial rather than a full discharge. Frequent full discharges should be avoided when possible. Instead, charge the battery more often or use a larger battery. There is no concern of memory when applying unscheduled charges.
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          #6 Jacqueline

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            Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:42 PM

            we have had for for about a month or so now. hmm i will have to see what type of battery it is. i was hoping i was right and he was wrong ;oP

            #7 Virg

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              Posted 05 November 2008 - 12:50 PM

              On my old laptop, I left it plugged ( old as in 2 year old laptop...) and then the battery only held the charge for 40 mins.
              Now, I ahve ask many techie friends about this, so now I draine my battery at least every other day.
              Happy to say that so far, I have had no issues :)
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              #8 Spazz

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                Posted 05 November 2008 - 01:32 PM

                Uh oh, our laptop is plugged in non-stop. We always use it at the dining room table, so we never unplug it. I hope we haven't ruined it!

                #9 Jacilynda

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                  Posted 05 November 2008 - 01:41 PM

                  My FI is a computer sci major and complete computer guru. One of those guys who builds his own computers. We have 2 desktops that he built from scratch for us (and is always buying parts to update them!) and actually broke the screen on his laptop and ordered a new screen and took it apart and fixed his laptop on his own, and says it doesn't matter. It is good the first couple of charges, to actually drain the battery and then charge, this helps your computer actually use its entire battery life when unplugged before needing to be charged again. Just like a brand new cell phone. I leave my laptop plugged in all day, every day.

                  #10 FutureMrs.S

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                    Posted 05 November 2008 - 01:46 PM

                    Hi,
                    Well I know nothing about computers but I ruined my Mac book by leaving it plugged in all day, everyday. I mean it still works as long as I have it plugged in... which is such a pain since I have a laptop that HAS TO BE PLUGGED IN to to function. My friend told me all I have to do is take it in and buy a new battery. I'm sure that will be expensive so I havn't bothered to unplug my laptop. It can happen!

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