[Novalug] Laptop Battery
emperor_wilson at verizon.net
Wed Nov 11 22:02:06 EST 2009
> Given all this, why don't battery manufacturers make smart(er) batteries that
> automatically maintain themselves by discharging one cell at a time to 30% or so
> and recharging while on A/C power? They would need either an n+1 cell battery
> (e.g., sell a 7 cell as a 6) or just have the smarts ignore the discharging cell
> while reporting percent capacity.
Aside from the obvious (they WANT to sell you more batteries), I've found quite a few pieces of equipment, not just laptops, where the battery is actually a required load or ballast on the power supply / recharger. If there isn't a battery that CAN take a charge you're dead in the water.
There are some workarounds for that, but they're all bulky and pretty messy kludges - I've done it with a couple of *old* IBM laptops just to strip the drive(s), but I wouldn't attempt it with a newer machine if batteries are still available.
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