Acer 5315 Laptop

Discussion in 'Acer' started by the_verminator, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Is it ok to run the thing plugged on AC without the battery being in
    it?
    I got it for Christmas and it will stay on my desk 99.9% of the time.
     
    the_verminator, Jan 8, 2008
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    ctowers Guest

    Yes
     
    ctowers, Jan 8, 2008
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    doS Guest

    yes,but charge the battery anyway occasionally
     
    doS, Jan 8, 2008
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    A Nother Guest

    Acer recommends this over AC plus battery operation. Of course you will have
    no power fail function.
     
    A Nother, Jan 8, 2008
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    occam Guest

    What exactly is the Acer recommendation - to take the battery out when
    you are using the laptop with AC?

    (My Acer did not come with an operating manual - or any other
    documentation - so I am interested to know where this is spelled out.)

    -- Never Acer Again --
     
    occam, Jan 9, 2008
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    A Nother Guest

    Yes, surprisingly.
    You may be able to D/L a manual. This is from my manual for an Acer 3680:

    Battery pack
    The computer uses a battery pack that gives you long use between
    charges.
    Battery pack characteristics
    The battery pack has the following characteristics:
    .. Employs current battery technology standards.
    .. Delivers a battery-low warning.
    The battery is recharged whenever you connect the computer to the
    AC adapter. Your computer supports charge-in-use, enabling you to
    recharge the battery while you continue to operate the computer.
    However, recharging with the computer turned off results in a
    significantly faster charge time.
    The battery will come in handy when you travel or during a power
    failure. It is advisable to have an extra fully charged battery pack
    available as backup. Contact your dealer for details on ordering a spare
    battery pack.
    Maximizing the battery's life
    Like all other batteries, your computer's battery will degrade over
    time. This means that the battery's performance will diminish with
    time and use. To maximize your battery's life, you are advised to
    adhere to the recommendations set out below.
    Conditioning a new battery pack
    Before you use a battery pack for the first time, there is a
    "conditioning" process that you should follow:
    1 Insert the new battery without turning the computer on.
    2 Connect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery.
    3 Disconnect the AC adapter.
    4 Turn on the computer and operate using battery power.
    5 Fully deplete the battery until the battery-low warning appears.
    6 Reconnect the AC adapter and fully charge the battery again.

    Follow these steps again until the battery has been charged and
    discharged three times.
    Use this conditioning process for all new batteries, or if a battery hasn't
    been used for a long time. If the computer is to be stored for more
    than two weeks, you are advised to remove the battery pack from the
    unit.
    Warning: Do not expose battery packs to temperatures below 0°C
    (32°F) or above 45°C (113°F). Extreme temperatures may adversely
    affect the battery pack.
    By following the battery conditioning process you condition your
    battery to accept the maximum possible charge. Failure to follow this
    procedure will prevent you from obtaining the maximum battery
    charge, and will also shorten the effective lifespan of the battery.
    In addition, the useful lifespan of the battery is adversely affected by
    the following usage patterns:
    .. Using the computer on constant AC power with the battery
    inserted. If you want to use constant AC power, you are advised to
    remove the battery pack after it is fully charged.
    .. Not discharging and recharging the battery to its extremes, as
    described above.
    .. Frequent use; the more you use the battery, the faster it will reach
    the end of its effective life. A standard computer battery has a life
    span of about 300 charges.
    Installing and removing the battery pack
    Important! Before removing the battery from the unit, connect
    the AC adapter if you want to continue using your computer.
    Otherwise, turn off the computer first.
    To install a battery pack:
    1 Align the battery with the open battery bay; make sure that the
    end with the contacts will enter first, and that the top surface of
    the battery is facing up.
    2 Slide the battery into the battery bay and gently push until the
    battery locks in place.

    To remove a battery pack:
    1 Slide the battery release latch to release the battery.
    2 Pull the battery from the battery bay.
    Charging the battery
    To charge the battery, first make sure that it is correctly installed in the
    battery bay. Plug the AC adapter into the computer, and connect to a
    mains power outlet. You can continue to operate your computer on AC
    power while your battery is charging. However, charging the battery
    with the computer turned off results in a significantly faster charge
    time.
    Note: You are advised to charge the battery before retiring for
    the day. Charging the battery overnight before traveling enables
    you to start the next day with a fully charged battery.
    Checking the battery level
    The Windows power meter indicates the current battery level. Rest the
    cursor over the battery/power icon on the taskbar to see the battery's
    present charge level.
    Optimising battery life
    Optimizing battery life helps you get the most out of battery
    operation, prolonging the charge/recharge cycle and improving
    recharging efficiency. You are advised to follow the suggestions set
    out below:
    .. Purchase an extra battery pack.
    .. Use AC power whenever possible, reserving battery for on-the-go
    use.
    .. Eject a PC Card if it is not being used, as it will continue to draw
    power (for selected model).
    .. Store the battery pack in a cool, dry place. The recommended
    temperature is 10°C to 30°C. Higher temperatures cause the
    battery to self-discharge faster.
    .. Excessive recharging decreases the battery life.
    .. Look after your AC adapter and battery.
     
    A Nother, Jan 10, 2008
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