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Laptop battery life suddenly dropped

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Strangely, I've recently noticed that the battery life of my laptop has dropped as the battery doesn't last as long as usual. It also doesn't charge to 100% any more. The laptop is a Toshiba Satel… Read More
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8m, 2w agoPosted 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Strangely, I've recently noticed that the battery life of my laptop has dropped as the battery doesn't last as long as usual. It also doesn't charge to 100% any more.

The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro. Has anyone else experienced this, and has anyone got any tips on how to increase the battery life?
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8m, 2w agoPosted 8 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
Do you leave the battery in as well as having the mains plugged in too. If you do this I have heard this drains the battery over time making the battery not hold the charge it use to.

Edited By: Poppyj1 on Nov 08, 2016 14:46
#2
How old is it? You may get a warranty replacement if it is 6 months old or less. There is a good chance one of the cells has died which is why it is not charging properly. Some people think freezing the battery for about 12 hours may help revive it. Personally I think you need to buy a new battery. May be worth trying a few complete discharge/charge cycles.
#3
Poppyj1
Do you leave the battery in as well as having the mains plugged in too. If you do this I have heard this drains the battery over time making the battery not hold the charge it use to.
Whenever I use the laptop and battery gets low, I (obviously) plug it in and continue to use it, and keep it plugged in when it reaches full charge. I have occasionally left it plugged in overnight.


paul123edwards
How old is it? You may get a warranty replacement if it is 6 months old or less. There is a good chance one of the cells has died which is why it is not charging properly. Some people think freezing the battery for about 12 hours may help revive it. Personally I think you need to buy a new battery. May be worth trying a few complete discharge/charge cycles.

Unfortunately it is several years old - how long does the average battery last?
#4
12 months and 1 day usually !!!
#5
Depends on battery one in my macbook is yr old and still perfect but in expecting it to die anytime hope im wrong tho lol
#6
The symptom you describe is a classic sign of a battery reaching its end of life. Different batteries have different life expectancy, but equivalent to 500 charge/discharge cycles is probably reasonable for an original battery.
#7
Thanks all for your replies.

So I'm now looking at getting a new battery - is it safe to get a non-genuine one (for a tenner, rather than a genuine one for £35)?
#8
Eden0032
Thanks all for your replies.

So I'm now looking at getting a new battery - is it safe to get a non-genuine one (for a tenner, rather than a genuine one for £35)?


It really depends on how much you like your laptop.
#9
LetoKynes
Eden0032
Thanks all for your replies.
So I'm now looking at getting a new battery - is it safe to get a non-genuine one (for a tenner, rather than a genuine one for £35)?
It really depends on how much you like your laptop.
I like it a lot...I guess that means a genuine battery would be better.
#10
If it is only £35 for a genuine battery then, personally, I would go for that. Is the £10 battery from a reputable seller or an eBay Chinese one?
#11
paul123edwards
If it is only £35 for a genuine battery then, personally, I would go for that. Is the £10 battery from a reputable seller or an eBay Chinese one?
This is the cheap battery: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Laptop-Battery-For-Toshiba-PA5024U-PA5024U1BRS-PA5024U-1BRS-PA5109U-1BRS-/271594738649?hash=item3f3c4ed3d9:g:tpEAAOSwdvpWDAbP

This is the genuine battery: https://www.pcworldbusiness.co.uk/catalogue/item/P176710P
#13
Thank you..looks like this is the best option.
#14


Hi.

It is not "fulfilled by Amazon" therefore as I understand it does not come with Amazon after sales.

Warranty would be with the seller.
#15
hottoast


Hi.

It is not "fulfilled by Amazon" therefore as I understand it does not come with Amazon after sales.

Warranty would be with the seller.


Good point, thanks for the correction.

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