Ok to keep a *PC* laptop plugged in?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by PkennethV, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    Sorry, I know this is a mac forum, but this is the only forum I am a member of and I trust you guys the most. So is it like a Mac where it is best too keep it plugged in as much as possible (and calibrate it once a month)? or is it best to unplug it when it is fully charged.

    thanks
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Actually, the goal is to keep electrons moving - so keeping it plugged in isn't necessarily a good thing all of the time.

    You can read more here: http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html

    (The same rules should apply to any notebook battery.)
     
  3. mgargan1 macrumors 65816

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    100% right... Just because it's a mac, doesn't mean that the rules don't apply. One should always keep the juices flowing...
     
  4. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    I actually have proof for that statement... I have a Thinkpad T20 (1998 - 1999ish) that I got from some guy who used it at his desk 100% of the time. It was NEVER unplugged. When I got it in 2005, the battery was at 9% of original capacity. Obviously, this is outside of the average person's use, but it shows that this is true.
     
  5. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    It doesn't matter if it's a PC or a Mac, it's all about the battery electrons moving.
     

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