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How to get the most from Li-Ion batteries

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    How to get the most from Li-Ion batteries


    Six tips for getting the best possible life out of the Li-Ion batteries inside your smartphone, tablet or notebook.

    I'm sitting at my desk and I'm surrounded by devices that owe their lifeblood to Li-Ion rechargeable batteries. And as most devices are now built in such a way that replacing the battery is tricky if not almost impossible so you want to get the best possible lifespan out of that battery.

    How much of a difference can taking care of the battery make? Well, I have both a second-generation iPod nano bought around December 2006 and a first-generation iPod touch bought in 2008 that are both still on their original batteries and are still going strong.

    So, how do you get the most out of Li-Ion batteries?....



    Read more at: How to get the most from Li-Ion batteries | ZDNet


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    Last edited by Brink; 10 Feb 2014 at 14:05.

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    Interesting article Brink. Thanks for posting!

    Greetz,

    Rover
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    I still use a old I-pod nano 2006 sounds about right ,some time its left in my car for weeks at a time ,outside temps sometime go as low as -20C,othertime it in the house ,or just in my coat pocket ,I usually only charge it after it has gone dead,and many times have charged it in the car on cold winter days .
    there was a time[maybe 2 yrs ] the device was rarely used
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    Just ran the report

    powercfg /batteryreport /output %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\battery_report.html

    Never did that before on my Laptop. Interesting.

    According to it,

    AT FULL CHARGE AT DESIGN CAPACITY
    ACTIVE CONNECTED STANDBY ACTIVE CONNECTED STANDBY
    Since OS install 1:35:58 - 2:53:50 -

    Bummer. But I leave it plugged in 24/7 just about.
    I have had this laptop about 4 years now.

    My Surface Pro, which I have had for about 8 months
    is 3:25 - 3:36
    And I use this more than any of my other PC's.
    But it shuts down at about 8% charge left, and it does not stay plugged in 24/7

    Good post Brink.
    Last edited by Tepid; 14 Feb 2014 at 17:53.
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    Hi Tepid,

    Interesting post you made there. Very helpfull!!!

    Do you by any means know the maximum number of Cycle Counts for the Surface Pro (2)?

    Greetz,

    Rover
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    No, but I have gone through a lot so far.
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    Ok. I just checked mine and I am at 83 cycle counts in 4 months. How many did you use?
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    I forgot about when I got my Surface, so I revised the numbers above.

    8 months in......
    Cycle Count is 179
    Current estimate of battery life based on all observed drains since OS install
    Since OS install 3:21:50 - 3:38:00 -

    This may be off by a touch cause I reloaded this tablet when 8.1 was released.
    But I think I used, I'll have to check, WZOR WZT official 8.1 ISO at the time.
    I have to reload again, reset this thing using recovery partition and load 8.1 from store, or hunt down MS ISO (not wzt), though cause something thinks I am still using some part of Preview Release.

    Edits:
    I checked and corrected the dates in earlier post
    Last edited by Tepid; 14 Feb 2014 at 17:57. Reason: corrections
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