Your laptop computer may be your lifeline. It has everything important on it, both personal and professional! Unfortunately, there will come a time when you need to replace your laptop. However, some computer problems could be solved instead by replacing the battery.
Some computers now come with an indicator similar to a car’s dashboard light. You may see a red X on the battery icon that shows you the power level. If you have Windows 7 and up, you may get a message saying, “consider replacing your battery.” Not all of us have this useful warning, in which case you’ll want to be on the lookout for these sure signs that battery replacement is needed.
1. You Have to Charge the Computer Often
When you buy a battery-powered device it may boast of the many hours it can hold its charge. Expect a fully charged laptop battery to last six hours (depending on the programs used). But as the laptop battery ages, it doesn’t hold its charge for as long.
You might plug it in overnight and wake up to find it still has charging to do. If you keep your laptop plugged in at all times it will cut into the mobility a laptop promises, plus, it can be a fire risk.
2. Your Lap Is Heating Up
You’re working away on your tasks and the computer becomes an unexpected heating pad in your lap. This may mean, your battery is working harder to power applications. This causes your computer to overheat, which can strain your computer. Plus, it can be a fire risk (yep, that again).
3. Your Laptop Keeps Shutting Down
If this keeps happening to you, don’t worry. This may be a sign that your battery needs to be replaced. A bad battery doesn’t hold charge for very long, and your computer might unexpectedly power off.
4. Time Is Not on Your Side
If your laptop is over five years old, don’t be surprised if you experience power issues. Did you know that laptop batteries are typically meant to last only 400 charges? That’s equivalent to only one or two years!
Be Nice to Your Laptop Battery
Before you buy a new computer, think about whether it could be the battery instead. Laptop batteries are not manufactured for eternal recharging. You may think keeping it plugged into a wall charger all of the time is a good thing, but you’d actually doing your battery a favor by unplugging it every once in a while.
One final suggestion is to not let the computer get below 20% charge before plugging it back in. This can also help preserve battery life.
Replacing a laptop battery isn’t always straightforward. Don’t worry. Abuzz Technologies can find the right battery for your laptop and replace it for you. Contact us today at 215.600.0349.