Laptop Batteries - How To Choose  

by Dave Klein

One of the most important components of a laptop is its battery. Proper care must be spent in choosing the suitable battery for your laptop, else there may arise a situation where your laptop decides to say goodbye in mid-program!

When you spend all your hard-earned money on a piece of technology, you deserve your money's worth and it is up to you to make sure of that. Since batteries are bought along with the laptop, it is wise to pay attention to the brand and cost of the battery when buying it. No doubt the new laptop appears far more interesting than the humble battery, but if trapped in a situation where you need to replace batteries, being familiar with the different brands will help you make an informed choice.

When buying batteries you should note the run-time and cost of the battery as compared to other brands. Another important point to observe is the manner with which the battery is to be attached, and the amount of time necessary to recharge it. You don't want to be stranded in a strange hotel room when on a business trip, with batteries you can't make sense of!

To ensure your batteries are long lasting and durable, avoid storing them in places of extreme temperatures. Too much heat and moisture can damage the battery. You can conserve battery time by removing extra cards such as the modem card when it is not needed. Such cards draw on power even when not used. In addition, a rapid charger/conditioner can help better a laptop battery's performance.

Some batteries can be classed into 'smart' and 'dumb' batteries. Smart batteries have internal microprocessor circuits, which enable it to perform several tasks such as to control battery energy, indicate the charge levels, and even track battery usage. Dumb batteries, on the other hand, may have the same energy as the smart batteries, but lack the extra, smart battery features.

The current most popular laptop battery is the Lithium Ion (LiOn) battery, with its enhanced memory effect. Being the latest product in the battery market, this kind is naturally slightly more expensive than other brands.

Every laptop brand has its own range of suitable batteries. For example, Acer, Apple, Dell, IBM, and Compaq, to name a few, have their individual range of batteries to suit every consumer's unique needs, so that satisfaction is guaranteed!

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