How long should I charge my laptop computer battery for?

Laptop batteryBelow are some general guidelines that should be followed when charging your laptop computer battery. Keep in mind these are general suggestions and that if your computer or battery 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 verify the battery is fully charged and helps with the batteries life expectancy. After being fully charged we also suggest letting the battery fully discharge and then fully charging it again. Doing this multiple times may extend the battery life even further.

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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