Laptop batteries are essential for portability use of your laptop. After all, convenient mobile use of the computer is probably one of the main reasons as to why you bought a laptop instead of a desktop. Therefore, you want to be able to get full usage on the go without always having to find an outlet for the adapter. An HP laptop battery can provide perfectly mobile functionality. Your laptop should have originally come with a battery, but it is often necessary to replace them. With proper care, a new laptop battery should last you a few years.
Different HP laptop models require different battery models. It is important to make sure that the battery is compatible with the particular laptop you are purchasing it for or it will not perform optimally if at all. When purchasing a new battery, the packaging or the description on the website should clearly state which models it is compatible with. Never use a battery in a computer that it is not specified for use in. Using the wrong battery type can cause damage to your equipment.
Batteries come in cell sizes. The cell size of your battery will determine how much uninterrupted computing time you will get out of it from a fully charged state. HP laptop batteries range in size from 3-cell to 12-cell. A 3-cell battery comes standard with many laptops, but will only get you about two and a half hours of use. Many models will allow you to upgrade to a 6-cell battery or larger for drastically extended usage time depending on performance settings and the types of programs used. For the HP Compaq pPresario V3000 and V6000, as well as most of the Pavilion DV range, high quality 8800mAh 12 cell batteries offer up to 6 hours of use without recharging, making a great option for travel use.
If battery life is critical to you, many HP laptops can be configured to extend battery life without upgrading the battery further – or change the processor as well as upgrade the battery for even more performance. For example, the new HP EliteBook 6930pcan have the processor downgraded and an 8 cell battery fitted to double its time spent between charges.
Even if you already have a properly functioning battery, it can be nice to own multiple batteries for extended usage time. Charge all batteries before you leave, and then when one loses power you can simply switch it out with a fully charged one rather than having to sit near an outlet while the first one recharges. Students often find this handy when carrying laptops for use in several classes in a row or for long hours studying in a library or lounge, for example. On that note, if processing power isn’t a priority, your choice of laptop will be the key determinant in how long the battery will last. Small laptops or netbooks tend to run for much longer due to their reduced processing requirements, both in CPU and video card. For example the HP Mini 110-1020NR and it’s successor the 110-3030NR offer from 3-4 hours of battery life in the standard 3 cell battery configuration. This can be doubled by upgrading to a 6 cell battery pack, offering an amazing6-8 hours on a charge.
In conclusion, make sure you are using the right battery for your laptop and always take care of your battery (or batteries) for optimal performance. It is advisable to let your battery completely expire and then fully recharge it before unplugging it again whenever possible. Also make note of any instructions provided and follow them carefully to ensure that you get the full benefits that your product has to offer.