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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Keep Your Laptop Batteries Charged!

I lug two extended batteries for my Lenovo Thinkpad T61 wherever I go. However I realized in the past couple of weeks that if I do not keep them both charged – they are pretty much useless.

On a recent trip through Chicago I burned through my primary battery while relaxing on the large 747 that we were taking en route from Los Angeles. As the battery approached the 20% mark, I decided it was time to change it out for my spare and shut down my machine to get some more work done.

Surprise, that battery only had 18% left. Looks like I was ending my work for that plane trip. Apparently I had previously swapped out my battery for the spare some time ago and forgot to re-charge the used one. Bummer.

Once I landed, I ended up spending the majority of the time between connections at Chicago O’Hare tethered to a power outlet station to try to get enough juice into one of the batteries in order to continue using it on a flight.

Needless to say, I need a better system for making sure that both batteries are always charged on my laptop. Especially for long flights!

After just a little bit of thought, I added a weekly recurring reminder to my Microsoft Outlook reminding me to change the batteries out on my laptop. Perhaps a little redundant, but at least it works.

Perhaps you have a better idea? Let me know with a comment below.

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