The new battery comes in a discharged state and must be charged before use. Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer while charging it for the first time. It may require 3 or 4 charge/ discharge cycles before attaining the maximum capacity.
When you are charging the battery for the first time, the device may point out that the charging is complete after 10 to 15 minutes. This is a normal observable fact with rechargeable batteries. At this stage, remove the battery from the computer and repeat the charging procedure.
It is important to condition by fully discharging and then recharging the battery every 2 to 3 weeks. This will enhance the life of the battery. If the device will not be used for a month or longer period it is advised to remove the battery and keep it in a cool and dry place. The charged battery will in due course loose its charge if kept unused for prolonged period. Take special care to clean the dirty battery contacts with cotton swabs and alcohol. This helps to give efficient service to your portable devise.
If you do not plan to use the battery for a month or more, disconnect it and store it in a dry place as suggested earlier. Ni cad (Nickel cadmium), Ni MH (Nickel metal hydride) and Li-Lon (Lithium Lon) batteries will self discharge during storage. Remember to break them in before use. Sealed lead acid ( SLA ) batteries must be kept at full charge during storage. This is generally accomplished by means of particular trickle chargers. In case you do not have trickle charger, do not try to store SLA batteries for more than three months.
To get the greatest performance from your battery completely optimize the Note Book’s power management features prior to use. Your user’s guide will provide information relating to specific power management features.