When choosing which new electronic device to buy, battery life is one of the most important things to consider. Browse any forum or review site and you’ll find that battery life matters a lot to users.
Laptops, in particular, consume a lot of power, so the quality of laptop batteries affects how many programs you can run at the same time and how long you can use your computer for. Think of all the uses of a laptop for the average consumer and it’s plain to see why nobody wants the extra stress or hassle of worrying about constantly finding a power source or reloading programmes because their laptop has died. At the end of the day, the beauty of the laptop is how portable it is and how comfortably it should fit in to wherever you have chosen to sit down to to get on with your work or to watch a film, and so on.
With this in mind, if, after some time, you find that your laptop battery isn’t lasting as long as it used to or you find yourself charging more often, it may be high time to replace it. There is no need to automatically assume that you need to get a new laptop. A new battery may be just the ticket. Here’s our guide to choosing high-quality compatible laptop batteries as a replacement.
Choosing Laptop Batteries: 3 key points to consider
What materials is the battery made of? When browsing for a new battery, check what it’s made of. Lithium-ion is a fairly standard material for laptop batteries and other electronics. What makes lithium-ion an ideal choice is that it has a good power-to-weight ratio.
What’s the capacity of the battery? Laptop batteries will typically list their capacities in milliamp hours (mAh). Laptop batteries drain at different rates, depending on how many programs you are running and what type of components your computer uses. A higher mAh rating means the battery will take longer to drain, giving your laptop a longer charge. Compare a few compatible products and look out for a high mAh rating. Normally, laptop batteries will have mAh of 5000 or more. It is a good idea to look at the specifications of your old battery. Compare the mAh rating of your old battery to new ones you look at. If you want the same battery life or better from your new laptop battery, make sure it’s rated at least as high as the old one.
What will help you to prolong the life of your new battery? As well as purchasing a new battery, think about what you might do differently in future so that you get the best out of your investment. For example, know that it’s better not to let lithium batteries go completely dead. Plug your laptop in soon after the battery dies, or, even better, don’t let it die at all. It is also worth bearing in mind that laptop batteries deteriorate faster when used at high temperatures. Using your laptop with computer accessories, like a lap desk with a cooling fan, can help prolong battery life, whenever you are using your laptop at a desk and not on your lap. A cooling fan may well be the ideal accessory to invest in to complement your new laptop battery.