About Keeping Your Laptop Plugged In

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Keeping a laptop plugged in to an outlet at all times will keep the battery charged and allow you to use the full performance options, but may cause overcharging of the battery in older models. Make sure a laptop charger turns off after fulling charging the battery before leaving it plugged in at all times. Get more tips on laptops from a software developer in this free video on laptop computers.

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Hi my name is Dave Andrews and today I am going to talk to you about keeping your laptop plugged in. As you can see I am using a laptop and I have it plugged in here to a wall jack for power. Now what this will do for your laptop is it will keep the battery charged. It will allow you to use the full performance options constantly because you are always drawing power from the wall and you don't have to worry about your battery running out so you can turn up your settings a little bit in your operating system. Some things you need to consider about keeping your laptop plugged in constantly is that with older style laptops it is not so big a deal with the new laptops and the newer batteries but if you have an older laptop that is maybe three or four years old you could run into an issue of overcharging if you leave it plugged in over 24 hours a day constantly. Now that on some older models will decrease the lifetime of your battery and may also damage the battery to where when you unplug it your laptop immediately dies so that is one thing that you have to keep in mind but in general with newer style laptops they control their charger and they will turn it off when they know the battery is 100% charged so if you have a newer style laptop it is generally o'kay to leave it plugged in constantly. My name is Dave Andrews and I just talked to you about leaving your laptop plugged in.

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