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Laptop Battery Life: Who’s The King?

By Nextrio on February 11th, 2014 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

The entire point of having a laptop is to be able to conveniently use your computer on the go or from any location in your home or office. When your laptop battery does not hold a charge, it can be inconvenient and damage your productivity.

  • The Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is a compact 13-inch that packs a serious battery-life. With the 9-cell battery option, this laptop can last for 12 hours without a recharge. If you add a sheet-battery to the 9-cell, then you are looking at 20 hours of sustained battery life!
  • Apple enthusiasts looking for long-lasting battery life should check out the MacBook Air 13 inch. This model lasts for 11 hours and 40 minutes on one charge. If you are constantly on the go, then you’ll like that the Air is also super light at 2.96 pounds.
  • Dell’s Latitude E6430 is a 14-inch laptop with fast processing speeds and a durable design. It even has a spill-resistant keyboard. This model also features a 9-cell battery add-on for only $79 dollars that lasts for 10 hours and 30 minutes at a time.
  • Sony’s VAIO Pro 13 has an out of the box battery that lasts 7 hours and 20 minutes. With a $150 dollar sheet battery add-on, you can double that to about 14 hours and 30 minutes of battery life. This model weighs in at 2.4 pounds and also features quick processing speeds.

These four models are great choices for battery life. To maintain the longevity of your computer battery, follow these two expert tips:

Use the 80 / 40 rule: If you continually charge to 100 percent it can reduce your battery life over time. Instead, plug your laptop in until it’s 80 percent charged and then unplug and let the battery drain to around 40 percent before recharging again.

Keep it cool: Avoid using your laptop on your lap and don’t let the machine overheat, as that may deplete the battery life over time. Try a laptop stand or cooling feet to keep the temperature down.

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