BatteryCare Software Reviews Ann Arbor MI

The most important thing to know about laptop battery maintenance in Ann Arbor is that partial discharges and charges are much better for the battery's life than complete drains. The problem with charging so frequently is that it throws off the calibration for Windows's battery level reading. Then your battery may read empty when power still remains, or force your PC to shut down without warning even when Windows reports power is left.

Fluent Inc
(734) 213-6821
220 E Huron Street # East
Ann Arbor, MI
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Computer Consultants, Computer Software, Computer Systems Consultants and Designers

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Berg and Associates Inc
(734) 663-0279
3656 W Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI
Services
Computer Consultants, Computer Software, Computer Systems Consultants and Designers

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See Progress Inc
(810) 229-6264
5918 Meridian Boulevard # 3
Brighton, MI
Services
Internet Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Internet Service Providers

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OfficeMax
(734) 769-0706
2777 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-9, Su 10-6*

Staples
(734) 973-0071
3120 Carpenter Rd
Ypsilanti, MI
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm Sun :11:00am-6:00pm

Gene Codes Corporation
(734) 769-7249
775 Technology Drive # 100A
Ann Arbor, MI
Services
Help Desk Services, Computer Software, Computer and Software Stores, Computer Systems Consultants and Designers

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Micromax Inc
(734) 354-0400
5840 N Canton Center Road # 270
Canton, MI
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Help Desk Services, Computer Software, Computer and Software Stores, Computer Systems Consultants and Designers

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Home Theater Installation
(734) 266-2918
29444 Joy Road
Livonia, MI
Services
Televisions Parts and Supplies Retail, Home Theaters and Entertainment Centers, Computer Software, Computer Network Hardware, Computer Networks

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Staples
(734) 994-6437
2601 Jackson St.
Ann Arbor, MI
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

OfficeMax
(734) 981-0202
43165 Ford Road
Canton, MI
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-9, Su 10-6*

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BatteryCare Software Reviews

Rechargeable batteries are a mystery, losing their maximum capacity quickly and without any clear cause. It doesn't help that different devices use different types of batteries, each with their own quirks for proper charging. BatteryCare (free) helps you optimize the lithium batteries which almost all laptop PCs use.

BatteryCare screenshot BatteryCare recommends a calibration after 30 discharges.

The most important thing to know about laptop battery maintenance is that partial discharges and charges are much better for the battery's life than complete drains. The problem with charging so frequently is that it throws off the calibration for Windows's battery level reading. Then your battery may read empty when power still remains, or force your PC to shut down without warning even when Windows reports power is left. BatteryCare's main purpose is to alert you when a calibration is needed.

By default, BatteryCare recommends a calibration after the battery's capacity is used 30 times. Unfortunately, the program can't perform the calibration itself. Some laptops have BIOS programs for the task, but otherwise you must do it manually, as outlined in the supplemental guide. It is a long process (around 15 hours, although you may be able to cut down the 7 hours of recommended idle time) which involves completely draining and charging the battery.

In addition to the calibration notification feature, BatteryCare provides detailed statistics on your battery, including total capacity, current capacity, wear, and CPU temperature (excessive heat can be damaging). For Vista, there are also settings to reduce power usage by disabling Aero and unnecessary background services when running from the battery.

For those who don't know about proper care for a lithium battery, the written guide may be more useful than the program itself. That said, although no individual feature is particularly groundbreaking, the combination makes BatteryCare a convenient program which will help you get the most out of your laptop battery.

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