Enhancing battery lifetimes
I have had a LinuxCertified LC2210 laptop since April, 2004. On the whole,
hardware compatibility with Linux has been total and I have been very happy
with it (my initial attempt to use software suspend with kernel 2.6.3 got
snarled in a buggy bios, and I have not revisited it since). When it was
shipped, the battery lifetime was nearly 4 hours. Over the period of the
next 6-7 months, I saw this plummet down to 1 hour and change. Then in
February, 2005, the battery died utterly (you unplug the power cord and the
laptop abruptly powers off). Since I was not travelling much, I just used
the power cord with the dead battery still in there (the laptop looks ugly
with the battery missing).
Today, I received a new battery (paid some $80 for it). And I want to
enhance its life as much as possible. Any general hints about proper
working habits (and any Linux tricks/tools to enhance the lifetime) would
be very welcome. I have heard conflicting advice on :
1. The desirability of letting the battery completely discharge at least
once a week.
2. Not plugging in the power cord when the battery is fully charged.
I am not certain how true / untrue the above admonishments are, but I do
understand that the battery has a limit on how many times it can be
charged / discharged (suggesting thereby that I not use the battery at all
under most circumstance when I do not expect to be away from a power
source), but any other suggestions would be welcome.