Comic: “Apparently that ‘kills the battery'”

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So one of our good friends came over for dinner last night. He also studied abroad (same time as Ryosuke) at my university. I always ask Ryosuke “what are the weird things I do because I’m American” – for comic ideas, but lately we’ve been having trouble thinking of things.

But our friend had tons of really great idea.

One of the things that confuses him (and Ryosuke) to no end is the fact I refuse to leave the computer charging while I’m working. The only time I keep the power cord plugged in is when it is actively charging. Once it hits 100%, I unplug it.

This can lead to some awkward situations, though, when I’m running around the house looking for the charger when the battery is at critical levels. Like last night.


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11 Comments on Comic: “Apparently that ‘kills the battery'”

  1. This is exactly what I do too!
    Or I take out the battery if I stay in the same place for a while and having the cord on it is not uncomfortable :D
    My dad taught me to unplug it so I still do this.
    Dad said it so it must be true, right?

  2. Dara Harris // 16 September, 2014 at 4:32 am //

    So happy to see I’m not the only one who does this! I’ve been meaning to look up whether or not it holds true for modern batteries, but I just never did. Good to know I’ll probably break- I MEAN, need to upgrade the computer/phone before the battery ever needs to be replaced. And refusing to leave my phone charging overnight also probably causes more harm (when I forget to charge it during the day) than good.

  3. Sol Nakagama // 14 September, 2014 at 6:25 pm //

    I agree with you… I use my laptop with the cable and without the battery… I only use the battery when I have to take the laptop with me…

  4. you might laugh but I think that’s true – my dad was constantly charging his laptop and now 80% lasts as long as 9 minutes :DDDDDDDDDD

  5. Shingo Nakatani // 14 September, 2014 at 11:15 am //

    Dear Grace,

    There are several views about this. You might check the manual etc for your type of battery and recommendation.

    You can check websites below for some guidance.

    But generally speaking, if you are using recent laptop, which I believe you are doing, then there should be an electric switch for stop charging. So even if you are always plugged in, then your laptop should be using main power, not battery power. Also if you are using your laptop in same place, then you can remove your laptop battery and use only Main Power. Having said that, some battery (not Lithium-ion, Li-ion battery) is better to charge and discharge from time to time (at least once a month).

    Hope this will sort out the difference of opinion between you and your husband (and friend) (Or give you more food for thought)?

  6. You’re still living in the 90s as far as laptop charging technology is concerned LOL! :D

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