How long should I charge my laptop battery?

Laptop batteryBelow are some general guidelines that should be followed when charging your laptop computer battery. Keep in mind these are general suggestions; consult your laptop or battery documentation for precise information. If your documentation states something different, those directions should be followed.

New battery or first use

After purchasing a new laptop computer or battery for your laptop, we recommend that the battery be charged for no less than 24 hours. This helps ensure that the battery is fully charged, and helps with the batteries life expectancy. Once it is fully charged, you should not discharge it fully, if possible. Lithium-ion batteries (the type used in modern laptop computers) are strained, and possibly weakened, when they are fully discharged. Doing so frequently will shorten your battery's lifespan.

Don't worry about overcharging your battery; modern laptops will stop charging your battery when it is fully charged, and switch over to AC power while the laptop is plugged in.

If you're excited to use your new laptop, it can still be used while plugged in. However, we suggest not unplugging it until it's been charged for that length of time.

All other charges

After the computer battery has gone through it's initial charge all other battery charging should go until the laptop has reached its capacity. Often this will be after a few hours of charging.

Note: Even when the computer is off as long as it's plugged in it will continue to charge.

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