GaryReger
2 Bronze

Battery Charge Cycle question

Batteries have a life usually expressed in charge cycles.

 

Does that include everytime you plug in AC, even if battery fully charged?

 

If not, how discharged must a battery be for the recharge to count

 

(I actually work on assumption that batteries are good for about a year, but I am curious)

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jackshack
6 Indium

Re: Battery Charge Cycle question

The charge cycle spec for lithium-ion is for a discharge to about 20% capacity and then back to fully charged.  I don't know if there is a precise formula for how much the life is extended by not going all the way to 20%, but it must have some effect.  My experience on my Inspiron 5160 with the nine-cell 96 watt-hour battery is that both have lasted about four years thus far.  When they were new, they would power the computer for about three and a fraction hours.  Now the capacity is down enough that I get about two hours.  I don't allow them to discharge fully very often, which is probably why they still work.

There is a post that has a link to a good paper on battery life and care, but with the forum change my link no longer works.  You could try a search for battery life to see if you can bring it up; perhaps you will have more success than I.

 

Dell Forum member since 2005

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GaryReger
2 Bronze

Re: Battery Charge Cycle question

Thank you.

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Rebel9
5 Rhenium

Re: Battery Charge Cycle question

I think the Link that Jack Shack was referring to is Battery University. There is a lot of very useful information there.

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GaryReger
2 Bronze

Re: Battery Charge Cycle question

Thanks. Worrying about my batteries is one of my useless phobias

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jackshack
6 Indium

Re: Battery Charge Cycle question

Rebel9;

Thank you very kindly.  I've been wondering how to find that page for a while now.

 

Dell Forum member since 2005

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Rebel9
5 Rhenium

Re: Battery Charge Cycle question

No problem Jack. Glad to help!

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