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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?
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I'd buy a new battery if its that worn down, I get about 4 hours on my old dell battery.

I think theres a SpeedStep app from Intel for 9x/2k which you can lock the CPU at its lowest clock speed with. If youre under XP then this will do the job even better.
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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.
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Yikes! Laptop batteries usually have a shelf life of around 3 years, you've been taking good care of that thing!
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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?
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Depends, if its Li-ion then charge it to 40%, then you can remove the battery and store it until you need it safely.
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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!
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Do make sure you leave that battery out if possible, it would be safer since you don't need it anymore...
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