Care And Use.
is the "Memory Effect"?
I Upgrade My Devices Battery to a Newer Chemistry?
New Battery Isn't Charging. What's The Deal?
Can I Maximize Battery Performance?
Are Batteries Rated? (What Are Volts and Amps?)
Long Do Batteries Last?
a Dead Battery/Not Charging Battery
CARE AND USE INSTRUCTIONS
Your new battery comes in a
discharged condition and must be charged before use. Upon initial use (or
after prolonged storage period) the battery may require two to three
charge/discharge cycles before achieving maximum capacity.
If the battery is not going to be
used for more than a month, it is recommended that it be removed from the device
and stored in a cool, dry, clean place.
It is normal for a battery to
become warm during charging and discharging.
A charged battery will eventually
lose its charge if unused. It may therefore be necessary to recharge the
battery after a storage period. ( Back to Top )
Do not short-circuit a battery.
A short-circuit may cause damage to the battery.
Do not drop, hit or otherwise
abuse the battery as this may result in the exposure of the cell contents, which
Do not expose the battery to
moisture or rain.
Keep battery away from fire or
other sources of extreme heat. Do not incinerate. Exposure of batteries to
extreme heat may result in an explosion. ( Back to Top )
IS THE "MEMORY EFFECT"
Ni-Cad batteries suffer from
what's called the "memory effect". What this means is that if a
battery is continually only partially discharged before re-charging, the battery
"forgets" that is has the capacity to further discharge all the way down.
To illustrate: If you, on a regular basis, fully charge your battery
and then use only 50% of its capacity before the next recharge, eventually the
battery will become unaware of it's extra 50% capacity which has remained
unused. Your battery will remain functional, but only at 50% of its original
capacity. The way to avoid the dreaded "memory effect" is to
fully cycle (fully charge and then fully discharge) your battery at least once
every month. Batteries can be discharged by unplugging the device's AC
adaptor and letting the device run on the battery until it ceases to function.
This will insure your battery remains healthy. Ni-Mh and Li-Ion (meaning most)
batteries do not suffer the memory effect.( Back to Top )
I UPGRADE MY DEVICE'S BATTERY TO A NEWER CHEMISTRY?
NiCad, NiMH and Li-ion are all
fundamentally different from one another and cannot be substituted unless the
device has been pre-configured from the factory to accept more than one type of
rechargeable battery. The difference between them stems from the fact that
each type requires a different charging pattern to be properly recharged.
Refer to your owner's manual to find out which rechargeable battery types your
particular device supports. ( Back to Top )
NEW BATTERY ISN'T CHARGING WHAT'S THE DEAL.
New batteries are shipped in a
discharged condition and must be charged before use. We generally
recommend an overnight charge (approximately twelve hours). Refer to your
user's manual for charging instruction. Rechargeable batteries should be
cycled - fully charged and then fully discharged - 2 to 4 times initially to
allow them to reach their full capacity. (Note: It is perfectly normal for
a battery to become warm to the touch during charging and discharging).
New batteries are hard for your
device to charge; they have never been fully charged and are therefore
"unformed". Sometimes your device's charger will stop charging a new
battery before it is fully charged. If this happens, simply remove the
battery from your device and then re-insert it. The charge cycle should
start again. This may happen several times during your first battery
charge. Don't worry; it's perfectly normal.
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CAN I MAXIMIZE BATTERY PERFORMANCE
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.
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.
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.
Storage - If you do not plan on using the battery for a
month or more, we recommend storing in a clean, dry, cool place away from heat
and metal objects. ( Back to Top )
ARE BATTERIES RATED?
There are two ratings on every
battery: volts and Milliamp-hour (mAh). The voltage of the new
battery should always match the voltage of your original. Some of our
batteries will have higher amp-hour ratings that the original battery found in
your device. This is indicative of a longer run-time (high capacity) and
will not cause any incompatibilities. Remember: in some cases, the voltage will
differ from the original battery. This often happens when both a Li-Ion battery
and a Ni-Mh battery are available for the laptop. ( Back to Top
LONG SHOULD MY BATTERY LAST?
The life if a rechargeable battery
operating under normal conditions is generally between 500 to 800
charge-discharge cycles. This translates into one and a half to three
years of battery life for the average user. As your rechargeable battery
begins to die, you will notice a decline in the running tine of the battery.
When your two-hour battery is only supplying you with an hour's worth of use,
it's time for a new one.
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a Dead Battery/Not Charging Battery:
Please read the helpful tips
below regarding a few troubleshooting steps that can help revive your
battery's life. Most new batteries require some first time maintenance
before they achieve desired results. After trying out the various steps, if
your battery is still not responding, I would be more than happy to set up
and exchange with you as your product does come with a One Year Warranty.
- Some batteries do not achieve their maximum capacity until after
several deep cycle charges (fully charging, fully discharging, and
repeated) sometimes as much as 5 times. These are all brand new battery
cells and don't always "wake up" and work to their full
capacity until they've been used a bit. Please try to deep cycle your
battery at least 4 times to bring your battery to full capacity.
- Remove the battery, and AC power. If you have access to the battery
contacts inside of the battery compartment (in some laptops it's very
accessible, others its almost impossible) try cleaning the connection
terminals with rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip. It may not be getting the
proper connection necessary to charge, recharge, and report battery
information to the laptop.
- Check your laptop manufacturer's website for possible system BIOS
software upgrades. Some laptops have been prone to reject 3rd party
batteries if they have an old BIOS software version installed on the
laptop. BIOS upgrades are designed to fix a wide array of problems
including Hard Drive capacity limitations, Battery compatibility and
usage, Power management features, and performance modifications after
the laptops were made and shipped. It's like getting a tune-up for your