Maximizing your battery’s life cycle

November 5th, 2011


Admit it: the Inspiron 1525 is an aging laptop. For many of you, it’s probably pushing its third year. Laptop batteries, much like most Dell laptops, only have a 1-year life expectancy. After that first year, their capacity begins to slowly decrease. For anyone still using the original battery, I laud you; mine stopped holding a charge about a year ago.

To help offset the effects of your aging battery, you can recalibrate it. Recalibration involves “turning off your screensaver and other power management settings that put the computer to sleep. Then fully charg[ing] the laptop before letting it run all the way down until the computer shuts off automatically.” If recalibration doesn’t squeeze some extra life out of your battery, your last option is to replace it. Of course, you can go the DIY route and replace your battery’s batteries for a small cost.

[Via NYTimes]

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4 Responses to “Maximizing your battery’s life cycle”

  1. edy

    please i installed 10.5.6..and work ok please need how to start install 1525 driver pack is not finding where to type the command that you post..(sudo su – ; chmod +x ; ./ )..please help..thank,s

  2. Richard Ward

    While I don’t have the laptop, the person who does says it’s still running strong with Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Dev Preview) dual boot. Battery is still holding a good 2+ hour charge after all these years!

  3. Kyle

    Great tip… my 1525 is well over 3 years old (started with 10.5.4) and still holding a strong charge while chugging along with 10.6.8.

    Any recommendations for the next hackintosh? I think I’ll need to start thinking about a replacement in the near future and I was reading a lot about the HP Probook 4530s or do most people just break down and spend the cash for a macbook???

    • Alexander Brown

      I had a Dell 1525 HackBook, but upgraded to a Mac mini. I think most people upgrade to the real thing.