BatteryCare Software Reviews Grand Rapids MI

The most important thing to know about laptop battery maintenance in Grand Rapids 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.

Vendor Managed Technologies
(616) 454-9275
2130 Wealthy Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI
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Internet Products and Services, Internet Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Vending Machines

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OfficeMax
(616) 785-0011
675 Center Drive
Walker, MI
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-8, Su 10-6*

OfficeMax
(616) 956-5555
4160 28 Street S.E.
Kentwood, MI
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-8, Su 10-6*

Staples
(616) 261-1309
3313 Century Center Drive
Grandville, MI
Recycling Services
Recycling Desk
$3 Ink & Toner Credit
Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-8:00pm Sat: 9:00am-7:00pm Sun :10:00am-6:00pm

Center for Computer Resource
(248) 663-4200
25900 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, MI
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Help Desk Services, Computer Software, Computer and Software Stores, Computer Networks, Computer Systems Consultants and Designers
Hours
Mon-Fri: 08:00am-05:00pm
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VISA, MasterCard

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Nortel
(616) 949-0126
2851 Charlevoix Drive SE # 325
Grand Rapids, MI
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Computer Software, Computer Network Hardware, Computer Networks

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OfficeMax
(616) 249-0505
962 28th Street SW
Wyoming, MI
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-8, Su 10-6*

Staples
(616) 949-2705
5110 28th Sreet
Grand Rapids, 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

Staples
(616) 698-9287
1849 Marketplace Drive
Caledonia, 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

Vendor Managed Technologies
(616) 454-9275
2130 Wealthy Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI
Services
Internet Products and Services, Internet Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Vending Machines

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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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