Chapter 10

Portable Power

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the laptop’s battery

arrow Locating the battery

arrow Monitoring battery use

arrow Charging the battery

arrow Using a spare battery

arrow Working with battery warnings

arrow Saving power

arrow Building a power plan

Laptop manufacturers seem to have solved the issues of size and weight quite effectively over the past few decades. One issue that remains on hold, however, is that of battery power. For all laptop users, the question remains: How long can you use the thing without having to scramble desperately for a wall socket somewhere? Honestly, today’s laptop batteries should last for days, not hours.

If the laptop’s processor is the muscle, and software the brain, the ...

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