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How to Know When It is Time to Replace Your Dell PRECISION M2300 Laptop Battery?

No matter how well you treat your Dell PRECISION M2300 laptop battery, eventually it will die due to age. If you are lucky it will last until you need to replace your laptop but if you are not, you will need to replace it earlier. Battery death can be frustrating and sudden but it does not have to; this is something that you ought to be prepared for but windows will always warn when the capacity of your battery is extremely low.

Windows warning

Windows does not keep you up to date with the capacity level of your battery. As it weakens, you will notice that your laptop no longer last on the battery charge. This is a sign that it needs replacement.

When the capacity of the battery is extremely low, windows will give a warning. You will see a red X sign on the battery for Dell PRECISION M2300 icon and when you click it a message will be displayed telling you to consider replacing your battery. Windows will also warn you that your laptop may shut down suddenly as the battery has a problem and it cannot hold enough charge to power the laptop when it is not connected to a power outlet.

However, the warning is only added to windows 7 and 8; therefore, if you are using windows vista or XP, you will not see it.

Why the capacity of your battery declines

The capacity of most laptop batteries declines due to age, bad usage and exposure to excess heat. Dell batteries will do no matter how good you take care of it. Even if you put it in the closet and never use it will still die due to age. However, there are some basic care tips that can help to lengthen the life of your battery. They include:

  • Avoid using your laptop on pillows or cushion as they block the laptop’s ventilation, which makes the battery to overheat. Only us your laptop on a raised desk to allow free flow of air.
  • If you plan to use your laptop when it is connected to the power outlet, disconnect the battery as the frequent charging and discharging may damage the battery.
  • Charge the battery of your laptop until full capacity and discharge it fully once in a while to maintain its capacity.
  • Do not expose the battery to excess heat or cold. Only store the battery in a cool environment when not sing it.
  • Lastly, avoid overcharging the battery

Replacing the Dell PRECISION M2300 battery

If the laptop is user serviceable, you can remove the old battery on your own and replace it with the new one easily. However, if it is not user serviceable, contact a laptop expert to replace the battery for you.

There is no need of obsessing over the capacity of your laptop, it was designed to die at one point; however, if the capacity is dropping quickly, it is a sign that you need to treat it better.

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