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Laptop users: do you unplug your power cord and close your lid every night?

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Laptop users: do you unplug your power cord and close your lid every night?

People think its wierd cause i do it every night amd they say is pointless. Not really, if anything come back in 3 or 4 years when your battery only holds half a charge from when it was new and mine still is at peak performance. batteries are not meant to be plugged in 24/7. Even though they trickle charge when full, youre still sending excess electricity to it for no reason.

As for closing the lid, i do it to keep dust out.

Very few laptop owners do this (especially unplugging the power cord) but i think it helps in the long rum.
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I unplug at the end of the day to save electricity but almost never close the lid because I'm too lazy :razz:
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Work pays for my laptop, and I don't plan on letting it get more than a year or two old, so it stays plugged in.
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Nov 29, 2011
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I never unplug when I go to bed... my laptop is really a desktop replacement (I'm at uni). Whenever it's being used as a desktop, I have the power settings set to "battery life", which keeps the battery at half charge and never more... don't know if this actually saves battery life, but whatever.

However, I also never close my lid (I always used to with my old laptops, but not this one). There's a reason behind it though, and it's that one of the hinges on this laptop made a really worrying sound the very first time I opened it. The Lenovo Y570's are also known for having loose hinges, so it's not just my device, and so I try to make sure the hinges are used as little as possible.
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i use a dock so the lid is often closed at home, i use it on battery when im out and about and its plugged in at home, i think this laptop is about 2.5 years old now (lenovo x200) i still get a good 6 hours out of the battery.
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I put the laptop to sleep, and leave it plugged in - it's often drained and needs to be charged anyway.
Some night, I don't sleep it, because it's used to download TV shows etc.
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Lithium Ions don't like to be fully discharged. They don't like to be fully charged either. Also, they need to be used, so leaving them plugged in all the time doesn't give them the usage they require. If you are storing the battery, it should be stored at half charge, and periodically recharged.

Lids have the wire ribbon running through them. I would want to minimize the amount of times the lid opens and closes. Eventually the wire ribbon breaks.
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I always pull the power cord and closed the lid every night. You are not the only one.
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I do not shutdown, I close the lid and do not unplug.
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gman wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2011 11:03 am
I do not shutdown, I close the lid and do not unplug.
...then wonder why your battery ran down ~10% while you slept? ;)

Standby uses a very small amount of power, shutting down will use zero.
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I unplug the battery when it's 100% charged and keep the power cord on.
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BlueMax wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2011 12:06 pm
...then wonder why your battery ran down ~10% while you slept? ;)

Standby uses a very small amount of power, shutting down will use zero.

Battery would run down ~10% when it is plugged?
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I have mine plugged into a power bar on my desk anyway, so I just turn the power bar off, but dont unplug. I usualy shut the lid as well, just out of habit
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Mine sits in a dock overnight. If I was using it, I don't generally shut it down (it will shut itself down). If I wasn't using it, or just returned home, it will be in a shut down state, closed.

I try to keep it charged up as much as I can.
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gman wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2011 3:27 pm
Battery would run down ~10% when it is plugged IN?

Obviously not. You didn't mention that. ;) On the other hand, I hear many people kill their batteries this way, constantly using a tiny bit then charging a tiny bit. Leaving it plugged in all the time seems to destroy batteries!

I should seek out theee definitive article on what is the best procedure for good battery maintenance.

But yeah, close the lid and keep out the dust, etc. Just makes sense.
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