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Common laptop battery problems
1. New laptop battery does not work – check if it is fully charged. Usually new laptop batteries are in a discharged state. Charge a new laptop battery before use. Li-Ion laptop battery should be charged for approx twelve hours; NiMH battery requires twenty-four hours charge. Refer to the instruction for charging information. If the fully charged battery does not work, check if it is inserted in the laptop correctly.
2. Laptop shuts down automatically - check Power Management settings, probably it is set laptop gets switched off when battery reaches a low level.
3. If your laptop battery gets hot permanently it could be defective. However it is normal for the laptop battery to become warm when laptop is on.
4. The color of a new laptop battery could vary from the original battery. To avoid problems make sure that laptop model number and battery ratings match each other.
5. In a case you have lost your laptop battery, identify the type of battery you need to obtain from the laptops instruction manual. If you can’t do it on your own, advise to suppliers of laptop components. They will help you to determine the battery type from the model of your laptop.
Problems related to the short laptop battery lifespan:
1. With time laptop battery starts to work worse. It happens because of decrease in its capacity for through the usage laptop battery suffers degradation. This degradation is a result of electrolyte and active material migration from electrodes. If this happens it is necessary to replace the battery. The average laptop battery lifespan is between one and three years.
2. If your relatively new laptop battery doesn’t work, it could be because it has drawn more power than during producer’s tests. Learn out how the producer’s tests were performed.
3. NiMH battery could have shorter lifespan due to the memory effect, which means that battery holds less charge. The memory effect could be a result of permanent recharging of the laptop battery, when the battery hasn’t been completely discharged. The battery capacity decreases and there is no way to restore the original memory of the battery.
4. Laptop battery lifespan depends on many factors, such as the size of laptop monitor, battery capacity, type of tasks and programs being run and many others. Average battery powers laptop between 1.5 and 3 hours. Modern laptop batteries provide 6 to 8 hours of work.
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