BatteryCare Software Reviews Cary NC

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

Systems Technology Associates
(919) 460-0020
119 SW Maynard Road # 202
Cary, NC
Services
Computer Supplies Parts and Accessories, Help Desk Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Computer and Software Stores

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Staples
(919) 481-6558
1391 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC
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
(919) 380-8510
220 Grande Heights Dr.
Cary, NC
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
(919) 571-7820
6234-108 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-9, Su 11-6*

Staples
(919) 856-0084
404 East Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC
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

Inflow Inc
(919) 941-1082
4518 S Miami Boulevard
Durham, NC
Services
Internet Services, Computer Hardware and Supplies, Computer Software, Internet Service Providers

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OfficeMax
(919) 233-9500
251 Crossroads Blvd.
Cary, NC
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-9, Su 11-6*

OfficeMax
(919) 387-6670
1021 Beaver Creek Commons Drive
Apex, NC
Hours
M-F 8-9, Sa 9-9, Su 11-6*

Staples
(919) 484-2482
8041 Brier Creek Parkway
Raleigh, NC
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
(919) 779-2083
250 Shenstone Lane US HWY 70
Garner, NC
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

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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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