I recently had to replace my laptop battery. It would no longer hold a charge. After a mere forty five minutes the battery was done. It charged up again just fine. Then it was ready for another grueling forty five minute run.
The reason for this substandard performance is, believe it or not, lack of exercise. Laptop batteries like to be used. When I first got my laptop, I let it sit for a number of months. When I finally switched to my laptop, I didn’t use the battery. I plugged it into the wall outlet. Sure the battery was fully charged, but it never had to pull its weight. It just sat around all day. By the time I needed to take the poor thing out and about, the battery was shot.
Now I use my laptop every day. I also have a note on my to-do list to unplug the laptop every Monday. I unplug it. Go about my business. After a blissfully normal two hours, the battery is almost drained and I plug it back in.
So remember to exercise your laptop battery. If that exercise needs to take place at a Starbucks while you enjoy a peppermint mocha, then so be it. You’re just doing your laptop a favor!