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We live in an age of the high-powered long-life battery-powered portable device. But it seems that the limitations of the nickel-based batteries that were prevalent in the early '90s still apply to the more modern lithium ion and lithium polymer technologies we use today.

Battery technology may not have changed much in the last couple decades, but common knowledge is even worse.

Here are the most common battery myths we hear at PC Pitstop Port Macquarie.

Myth #1: Leaving your devices plugged in will "overcharge" them

FALSE. Most chargers are smart enough to momentarily stop charging once the device is fully charged. Manufacturers want their batteries to last as long as possible and therefore go to long lengths to design and employ very smart charging systems that even cycle the batteries to make them last longer. 

Leaving the device plugged in like this every single night can have an impact on the lifespan of the battery, but the act of leaving it plugged in isn't as damaging as some people make it out to be.

Manufacturers do recommend you "exercise" the battery every month or so by letting it fully drain before charging it back up again - but really thats about it.

 

Myth #2: You should always let the battery drain completely before recharging

FALSE. Today's Batteries never truly fully discharge. Even when you see 0/Zero percent or evern dead, your laptop or smartphone's battery would still be sitting around 5-10 percent charge. This is why when you press the button to turn it on you still get the message to charge the battery.

If you choose to follow the myth anyway and allow your device to go "dead" everyday, it will reduce the batteries effectiveness over time.

So: top off charge more often to prolong the battery life of your electronics, and stop letting your laptop or smartphone die every day.

Myth #3: Always fully charge your device before its first use

FALSE. But to be fair - it doesn't really matter or hurt anything to fully charge your device's battery before you use it, and it doent't hurt anything either if you miss this step.

So why do manufacturers sometimes tell you to do it? Fully charging the battery before using a device is to kick-start what's known as a "calibration process." This helps the device learn how the individual battery behaves (pretty smart!). Most batteries are self-calibrating, so it's still an unnecessary step.

Myth #4: Store your batteries in the refrigerator

FALSE. DO NOT STORE YOUR BATTERIES IN THE REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER. This is not only bad but dangerous. Extreme temperatures - hot or cold and especially for long periods of time - are not good for any type of battery.

Remember, a battery is a collection of chemicals that store energy. Doing something that upsets those chemicals will have dangerous consequences.

To maximize shelf life, Energizer suggests storing "batteries at normal room temperatures (20 degrees C to 25 degrees C) with moderate humidity levels (35 to 65 percent RH)." This should provide a shelf life of five to 10 years for your standard, cylindrical alkaline cells and 10 to 15 years for cylindrical lithium batteries.

Interesting fact: if you're wondering why your smartphone battery isn't performing as well after just a year or two, that's because the more you use a battery, the less efficient it becomes - batteries have a limit to the amount of times they can be charged (refered to as charging cycles). This charging cycles vary from battery to battery.

 

Battery prices have come down and down over the past 24 months. A laptop battery that used to cost $220 is now arount the $95 mark.

PC Pitstop recommends you replace your laptop battery every 24 - 36 months depending on use to get the best possible use out of it.

Our team order in your replacement (or additional if you want extended use - think airport or long haul flight) and have it delivered to the store usually within 24 - 36 hours.

We wish we could keep in store every battery from every model of device ever manufactured - but to keep the prices low and stock fresh - we order in overnight.

Need a new battery for your device? Drop into the store and the team will identify and quote you on spot -
10 Bellbowrie Street Port Macquarie - Phone - 02 65 841 551.

 

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Your laptop battery charges whenever your computer is plugged into external power through an AC Adapter, an optional power adapter, or an optional docking device. The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off. However, charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature.

To prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations:

o   If you are charging a new battery, charge it for a full 12 hours before turning on the computer.

o   Charge the battery until the battery light turns off

o   Allow the battery to discharge below 5 percent of a full charge through normal use before charging it. This is referred to as ‘exercising the battery.’

o             DO NOT drop, open, short circuit, burn or allow the battery to get wet. 

Plus, try these:

  • Dim your screen
  • Shut off unneeded hardware
  • Avoid multitasking
  • Avoid multimedia
  • Know when to sleep and when to hibernate


If unfortunately your battery has completly died we have a solution for that too. Bring your laptop instore and we can fit a Universal Power Supply at the correct voltage and correct fit for most modern laptops for $85 in about 10mins!

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Exercising your Laptop Battery and Charger

 

Your laptop battery charges whenever your computer is plugged into external power through an AC Adapter, an optional power adapter, or an optional docking device. The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off. However, charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature.

To prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations:

 

  1. If you are charging a new battery, charge it for a full 12 hours before turning on the computer.
  2. Charge the battery until the battery light turns off
  3. Allow the battery to discharge below 5 percent of a full charge through normal use before charging it. This is referred to as ‘exercising the battery.’
  4. DO NOT drop, open, short circuit, burn or allow the battery to get wet.

 

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PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner :: Making IT Easy for YOU

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We are so excited to finally have our PC Pitstop Computer Manual & Service Planner in store for everyone who receives any service from PC Pitstop! So many of you have been wanting something like this and it will definately make life easier for a lot of businesses and families! We've been working on this handy guide for 12mths and it's jammed packed with over 30years experience in computer repairs, computer builds and everything in between.

It features an entire section dedicated to Customer Care Guides - 22 simple 'How-To' guides for navigating your computer, your devices and the internet. The Preventative Maintainence Schedule at the back of the booklet details exactly what service is recommended for your computer at various points in it's life and can even be stamp certified that you were looked after by a PC Pitstop Trained Technician.

We love providing extra value and this Manual is the perfect tech-education and tracking tool for all our customers!

Pick yours up after your next service today.

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Batteries and Chargers

Your laptop battery charges whenever your computer is plugged into external power through an AC Adapter, an optional power adapter, or an optional docking device. The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off. However, charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature. 

pcpitstopaus-laptop-chargerTo prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations:

  • If you are charging a new battery, charge it for a full 12 hours before turning on the computer.
  • Charge the battery until the battery light turns off
  • Allow the battery to discharge below 5 percent of a full charge through normal use before charging it.
    This is referred to as ‘exercising the battery.’
  • DO NOT drop, open, short circuit, burn or allow the battery to get wet. 

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[THIS ARTICLE CAUGHT MY EYE! WHO DOESN'T WANT TO SAVE $$ ON POWER THESE DAYS, IT'S CRAZY?! HERE'S SOME IDEAS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT BIT]

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From a three-in-one charger to a switch that shuts off standby power to your computers, here are five gadgets for keeping a lid on your electricity use.

Power costs are only going one way, and that's upwards. Energy isn't a cheap matter for any business, but that doesn't mean you have to put up with high energy bills. 

Careful power management of your devices, be they office printers, shared storage, laptops or desktops can go a fair way to lowering your power bill, along with sensible practices when it comes to issues such as office heating and lighting.

You can also invest a little in gadgets designed specifically to save power in the medium to long term. Below are five gadgets to help you monitor your energy usage. There's no magic bullet here, and these devices won't pay for themselves extremely quickly at current Australian power prices - but if you're looking to stop wasting electricity, it's one way to start.

1. Belkin Conserve Switch

It's tempting to leave everything in standby mode so that it's ready to go at the click of mouse or keyboard, but that's also a great way to use a honking great amount of standby power. That's especially the case if you're not only running a desktop computer or laptop, but also possibly a small printer, switch, external monitor or additional power board from the same socket.

Instead, Belkin's Conserve Switch uses a simple one-touch switch that controls the power to eight connected devices, including two master switch devices. That means that your IT gear that has 24/7 connectivity needs - or that won't react well to a sudden shutdown - can be left on the two master switches, while six other power draining gadgets are turned off remotely when you leave the office each night.

2. Kensington AbsolutePower Laptop, Phone, Tablet Charger

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If you've got separate chargers for your phone, tablet and laptop, it can be very tempting to leave them permanently plugged in so that you've got power on the go whenever you want it. The problem there is that each and every one of those chargers is using power when it's plugged in, whether you're charging or not.

Kensington's AbsolutePower charger combines laptop charging from a small power brick along with two 2.1A USB ports, from which you can charge your phone, tablet, and anything else that'll take a standard USB power charge. As well as being handy (you don't have to juggle different chartgers), it doesn't use up power sockets in your office, or, more critically, power due to unused chargers. This one costs $149.95.

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3. Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme

If you're a mobile worker, it can be tempting to stow a portable battery or two in your bag when you're out and about, because there's nothing worse than your smartphone going dead on you when you've got critical email to catch up on or clients to contact.

Keeping a portable battery charged continuously can waste power though - unless you use other methods to charge it with. Powertraveller's line of solar-powered gadgets are geared more towards outdoor enthusiasts, but that's no reason why you can't turn their solar expertise to benefit your business. Keep one of these solar-chargers near your window, ready to pick up when you walk out of the office. Solar batteries don't charge fast, but you'll pay a grand total of absolutely no electricity for all the power that you'll ever use through them. This one costs $150.

 

4. Jaycar Mains Power Meter

Saving power is a grand ideal, but in order to properly save something, it's important to first be able to measure it. Now, you could take the very low-tech approach and go look at your power meter spinning over, but that'll only give you a complete power draw for the building you're in, which isn't very useful when you're trying to cut down your IT energy costs specifically.

That's where a power meter such as Jaycar's simple and cheap Mains Power Meter can pay dividends. You plug it between your devices and the wall socket, tell it your current energy price as per your provider's bill, and it will give you a live estimate of the running cost of your equipment over a period of time.

That's useful data; not only will it give you a more realistic picture of your ongoing data costs, but it will also make it easier to work out which bits of IT equipment are drawing the most power, and proportion your use of them in the most cost-effective manner possible.

 

5. 2013 Macbook Air

 

You might think we've gone insane picking a premium Ultrabook style laptop as a "energy saving gadget", but there's distinct method to our madness here.

The latest version of Apple's MacBook Air laptop runs on Intel's fourth generation Core chips (also referred to in the IT industry as "Haswell" processors), and boasts a hefty battery life of up to 12 hours on the 13 inch model. That's great and it does so by working while only sipping at the battery, because the new Intel chip is conservative when it comes to power usage.

As such, any laptop with the new Intel chip - we've picked the Air simply because Apple was first to the Australian market with the new Intel chip - will run faster than your current gear but it will also use less power while it's running.

 

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Your laptop battery charges whenever your computer is plugged into external power through an AC Adapter, an optional power adapter, or an optional docking device. The battery charges whether the computer is off or in use, but it charges faster when the computer is off. However, charging may take longer if a battery is new, has been unused for 2 weeks or more, or is much warmer or cooler than room temperature.


To prolong battery life and optimize the accuracy of battery charge displays, follow these recommendations:

  • If you are charging a new battery, charge it for a full 12 hours before turning on the computer.
  • Charge the battery until the battery light turns off (If the computer is on while the battery is charging, the battery meter in the notification area may show 100 percent charge before the battery is fully charged.)
  • Allow the battery to discharge below 5 percent of a full charge through normal use before charging it. This is called 'excercising' your battery.
  • If the battery has been unused for one month or more, calibrate the battery instead of simply charging it.
  • DO NOT drop, open, short circuit, burn or allow the battery to get wet.
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