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Helpful Tips for Caring for New Replacement Batteries:

When you receive your New replacement batteries it is essential that you give your new battery a full charge. Charging overnight is the optimal time for charging new replacement batteries.

In order to achieve optimum capacity, it is essential that the batteries should be fully charged and then fully discharged 2 to 4 times for the first month.

If the battery is not going to be used for more than a month, it is recommended that it be removed from your notebook and stored in a coold and dry place.

After a prolonged storage period, it wil be necessary to recharge the battery.

It is quite normal for batteries to produce heat when they are being charged.

On an average, a laptop batteries run time is 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. It also depends on the applications that you are using. The more power your laptop requires, the more it will consume power at a faster rate.

You can minimize the amount of power your laptop draws from your battery by adjusting the power management. Adjust the LCD brightness level. Minimize the use of your Optical drive.

Keep in mind that certain laptop simply uses more power than others.

Breaking In New Batteries
New batteries come in a discharged condition and must be fully charged before use. It is recommended that you fully charge and discharge your new battery two to four times to allow it to reach its maximum rated capacity.

Keep Your Batteries Clean
It's a good idea to clean dirty battery contacts with a cotton swab and alcohol. This helps maintain a good connection between the battery and your laptop.

Exercise Your Battery
Do not leave your battery dormant for long periods of time. We recommend using the battery at least once every two to three weeks. If a battery has not been used for a long period of time, perform the new battery break in procedure described above.

Power Management
To get maximum performance from the battery, fully optimize the notebooks power management features prior to use. Power management is a trade off: better power conservation in exchange for lesser computer performance. The power management system conserves battery power by setting the processor to run at a slower speed, dimming the screen, spinning down the hard drive when it’s not used and causing the machine to go into sleep mode when inactive. The notebook user’s guide will provide information relating to specific power management features. It may also be necessary to update the BIOS of the notebook in order to achieve maximum performance especially if the original battery has a lower power capacity (mAH). Please visit the notebook manufacturer’s website for information regarding BIOS updates.