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Laptop Batteries

Apple tells you that you should discharge your iBook or Powerbook battery once a month. You may have thought that this is because batteries have a "memory", but that isn't really the reason. Actually, your lithium battery likes a partial discharge and recharge much more than a full - so (as Apple suggests) the ideal situation would be someone who uses there laptop unplugged on a train on the way to and from work, and then is plugged back in the rest of the day.

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Ubuntu on a Toshiba Satellite   2010/12/31 anonymous
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Why I love my Mac  
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Laptop Batteries  
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Using rsync to update laptop  
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Mac iBook with Mac OS X  
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