Laptop Battery FAQ
Battery Types and Chemistries
What is a Lithium Ion Battery (Li-Ion)?
What is a Nickel Metal Hydride Battery (NiMH)?
What is a Nickel Cadmium Battery (NiCd)?
What is a Lithium Ion Polymer Battery (Li-Ion Polymer)?
What is a battery cell?
How do I identify my battery?
What is a battery cycle?
Can I upgrade my laptop battery to a newer chemistry?
What if the mAh current rating is different to my original battery?
How Are batteries rated?
Can I use a battery which has a different voltage rating than my original battery?
What is a "smart" battery?
I have lost my battery, How do I identify which battery I need?
What do the LED lights on the laptop battery do?
Battery "Not Working" Issues
My new laptop battery is not working!! What's wrong?
The battery will run the computer but the ‘fuel gauge’ does not register or recognize anything. What is wrong?
Why won’t my computer start up (wake) with the battery inserted?
Why doesn’t the battery charge overnight in my notebook?
The notebook shutdown automatically, What could be wrong?
Battery Run Time Issues
How long should my new rechargeable battery last?
What should be the run time of a battery? How long will my laptop stay ‘powered’ by the battery?
Does using the wireless network drain a laptop battery?
How long will my fully charged battery last?
What is the "Memory Effect"?
Why are some laptop batteries so expensive?
Why are some laptop batteries so cheap?
When not using my notebook for long periods of time, should I leave the battery in the laptop?
What should I do if the battery gets hot in my notebook?
Can I store batteries in the refrigerator?
What is the difference between original and compatible batteries?
The colour of my new battery is different to the original, Is this a problem?
Ac Adapters and Chargers
The light on the AC adapter flickers? Is this normal?
Why won’t the battery charge in the external charger that charges the original battery that came with my notebook computer?
Does overcharging damage batteries?
Does the car charger for my notebook work on a boat?
Does the AC adapter get hot? Does it need ventilation?
I have several different notebooks, Can I charge the different batteries with one charger?
Are there any chargers available to use on air planes?
My new AC adapter doesn't power my laptop or charge my battery, Whats wrong?
My battery is not charging, What's wrong?
How do I charge my battery?
Will the car charger for my laptop work on trucks?
I need an AC adapter for my laptop, How do I find out the one I need?
Can I use my AC adapter in another country?
Tips and Care Instructions
Tips to ensure optimal battery life
Tips for battery care and use
Will the main battery fit as a second battery?
I cannot find a replacement battery for my laptop, What can I do?
I have broken the latch on my battery, Can the latch be replaced?
I have lost/broken the fascia panels that came with the battery, Is it easy to replace them?
I dropped my battery, Is it safe?
My new battery seems to be a little tight fitting into the compartment, Can I use force?
My battery has a crack in its casing, Can I use it?
How do I dispose of my battery? Should I recycle it?
Useful Battery Recycling Links