I rarely travel without my laptop.
It keeps me connected with my work, my friends, and my family. It allows me to check on flights, trade my schedule around, and, of course, write for YuHu Stewardess.
I understand that some computer applications are a heavier drain on laptop batteries, so I try to minimize those when I can't get plugged in. But it still seems that I'm jumping from battery use to A/C adapter and back to battery use with no rhyme or reason. Now it seems that my battery just doesn't hold the juice like it used to.
I know that I should buy another battery, but so far, I've just not been able to justify the expense. So I was happy to read about how you can extend the life of your laptop battery by running it through a full discharge/charge cycle.
The way to do this is to let the battery run completely down until the laptop goes to sleep. Then plug it in and let it recharge completely. It is recommended that this be done once a month.
I ran it through the cycle this afternoon, and now I'll see how long it lasts. If you've tried this, I'd like to know if it really does extend the battery life.