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#1 Cackhandedchimp

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 09:01 AM

Hi, great forum here, it's probably the best free IT help thing on the web! It really does cover all the bases.

Anyway, I would be grateful if anyone could offer me any advice:

I'm basically using my laptop as a desktop (I bought it instead of a desktop because of space issues) and someone told me I should really take the battery out of the laptop because if it's constantly connected to the mains and always being charged, it can ruin its capacity so when I finally don't have a mains power supply I'm in trouble.

So basically, what I'm asking is:

My laptop is always plugged in to the mains. Should I remove the battery?

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 09:27 AM

So, how quick is your laptop?

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Anyway, here's what the Mobile Office "About" folks say.

That's a good point they make about making sure you are plugged into a UPS. Good advice for all of us, whether using a notebook PC or a desktop PC.

Additionally, remember, one of the biggest "enemies" of batteries is heat, and notebook PCs do get hot.

Edited by JohnWho, 01 April 2007 - 09:28 AM.


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#3 Cackhandedchimp

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 03:28 PM

That's odd - I've never heard of a UPS and my desktop upstairs has always been plugged into the mains. Is it vital? No one else I know has one!

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 03:41 PM

Well, prehaps this will help -

How Stuff Works - "How does a computer's uninterruptible power supply (UPS) work?"


In general, a sudden surge of power or a sudden loss of power could cause damage to a PC's electronics or the hard drive.


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Posted 01 April 2007 - 03:53 PM

Well, prehaps this will help -

How Stuff Works - "How does a computer's uninterruptible power supply (UPS) work?"


In general, a sudden surge of power or a sudden loss of power could cause damage to a PC's electronics or the hard drive.


But surely when you hold down an off button for a PC when it's crashed and it turns off after a few seconds that's not doing it any harm?

Also where can I get a UPS from? Ebuyer? Maplins? Places like that? Any recommended ones?

Also, this whole malarkey of cycling the battery charge every 4 weeks or so sounds very time consuming and unnecessary!

Also, (sorry!) Does the website mean that after discharging it you should fully charge, then discharge to 40% and repeat process?


Thanks for all the help by the way.

Edited by Cackhandedchimp, 01 April 2007 - 05:47 PM.


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Posted 02 April 2007 - 11:34 AM

OK well I've taken the battery out now but the laptop is like a chair with one leg shorter than the other, it wobbles around wherever I apply pressure to it - very annoying! I might put the battery back in now...

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 05:51 PM

OK well I've taken the battery out now but the laptop is like a chair with one leg shorter than the other, it wobbles around wherever I apply pressure to it - very annoying! I might put the battery back in now...

When you see the price of a replacement battery, you might try to fix/adapt your wobble problem and make the battery last as long as you can
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Posted 04 April 2007 - 05:07 PM

:cool: Just wanted to thank you JohnWho for the recommended site :woot: usasma & I were talking about the same question(to battery or not to battery-That is the question) due to an inquiry made in this forum titled "Work without a battery-AC only. :inlove: I do believe we have double topiced !!!! :cool: Well, hopefully the powers that be will get us all on the same page. :thumbsup: Let's get together, YEH,YEH,YEH !! Sorry, one of those silly :flowers: days I get ,too often sometimes :trumpet: Thanks again!!! :huh:

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Edited by Iodine, 04 April 2007 - 05:09 PM.

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