I just got a certified/refurbished Latitude E6430 which I will use as a secondary machine:
Given these requirements, can you give me your advice me on the following?
I want to make sure I don't do anything to damage my laptop when using it in a nontraditional way. Thanks for your help.
I am sure others have different opinions about this topic.
You should be able to run a notebook 24/7 without any adverse effects as long as you give it proper airflow and keep it cool and dust free. I also would turn it off if you are not using it for long periods of time to save on electricity. Also, you may want to get a Laptop Cooler to help keep it cool.
Point of difference: leaving the system on all the time with the battery in will shorten its lifespan, quite appreciably. You may be lucky to get a year or slightly more out of the battery if you run the system on AC most or all of the time. If you are planning that and the battery is removeable, you're better off removing the battery and storing it at about 40-50% charge in a cool place.
Constant exposure to the heat of the system and the lack of discharge-charge cycles are going to cause deterioration in the cells inside the battery.
Lenovo had a power manager which restricts the battery charge level at 60% when the laptop is continuously plugged in. Wish to find an utility which does this and also periodically cuts power supply and makes the laptop work on battery power - to discharge it and recharge it again. Is any such utility/tool available?
So far, Dell says it's OK to run the laptop 24/7 but others say it'll quickly damage my battery.
What about leaving the lid open/closed? I've read that some laptops make use of the gaps between keys to dissipate heat, which would definitely not happen if I kept the lid closed. Does the E6430 have any issues with keeping the lid closed 24/7? And would it make a difference if I ran it flat or if I ran it vertically, resting on its front? (where the card reader is)
Whenever I use my secondhand e6400 and I think it's going to get hot, I put it on a folding rectangular cake stand. About $8 at Kroger. Allows complete airflow underneath.