RE: [linux-dell-laptops] [OT] how to save the battery life?
There are a variety of vendors that sell laptop batteries. You just need to
find one that is specific for your laptop. I tend to use Yahoo! Shopping to
search a variety of retailers to find out what is available and get a good
price. I know that my Latitude C800 can hold up to two batteries if I take
the floppy drive out. This would give you more life.
Another option is to look at external laptop batteries. I talked to one
person that had one and he really liked it. These are usually a flat plate
that has a footprint about the same size as a laptop so you would set you
laptop on top of it. Your laptop will view it as an external power source
and not as a battery so you might want to adjust your plugged-in power
settings if using it. They tend to provide power for about 8-10 hours which
is a great advantage. But then again that is with Windows. I have had
similar problems that you are seeing where Linux drains the battery really
fast. If you are interested in the external batteries, I found a few at
Yahoo! Shopping by searching "external laptop battery". They do run a few
hundred $$$ though.
From: Julien Sobrier [mailto:julien@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 10:57 AM
Subject: [linux-dell-laptops] [OT] how to save the battery life?
I have a Dell Latitude C810 under Linux, about 3 years old. My battery
can last only 20 minutes! 99,9% of the time, the laptop is plugged with
the AC adaptator, the battery is also plugged (so, no problem if there
is a power failure).
So, I have to buy a new one. I have some auestions
_is there only one battery avalaible for the C810, or do I have the choice
_should I use the new battery only when my laptop is not pluggged to AC
(I would use my old battery for this)?
_what is the best way to extend my battery life: full charge/discharge
cycles, always full, etc. ?
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