My thinkpad is lasting around 1 hour under full use as the battery is nearly 5 years old.
What is the best way of keeping the battery helpful? I understand its based on charge cycles, so if I use my battery for 5 minutes is that just as bad as using it for an hour?
Yep I am planning to get a new battery, apparantly with the higher sepc 5400 batteries you can get 4 hrs easily on it. I shall wait until I go away and need long battery life though.
I've already got the speedstep installed, its apart of the IBM drivers.
Yikes! Laptop batteries usually have a shelf life of around 3 years, you've been taking good care of that thing!
I asked this question a few months back when I got my laptop, and someone on TSR suggested that when I'm using the laptop at home, I should remove the battery and run it directly off mains. They said that would help conserve battery life. Has anyone tried this, and does it actually work?
Depends, if its Li-ion then charge it to 40%, then you can remove the battery and store it until you need it safely.
My battery is 2 years old, and is completely dead. If I pull the powerchord out then the laptop turns off lol. Just as well that I don't need to use it away from a mains supply!
Do make sure you leave that battery out if possible, it would be safer since you don't need it anymore...