chimp wrote:So is it a wise idea to use a laptop while it's charging if you can help it? I'm trying to preserve my battery life. I've been hearing conflicting things re: this.
What else can I do to maximize battery life?
So to get the most life out of your battery, you just need to control how long it takes to go through a cycle. So keep the brightness at a reasonable level when you're on battery and avoid tasks that require servos to move any physical part. This includes the use of any sort of optical disc or running a program that has to do lots of hard drive seeking, like playing games or editing video. Both of those also tax your graphics card and processor more, which reduces battery life. If you're running on SSD and don't even have a disk-drive, then you're sitting pretty. Games and video will still lower your time through the cycle, but nearly as much as if they needed to continuously access different parts of the hard drive.
Edit: I still do the thing where, when I get something with a battery, I immediately charge it to full and then use it until it dies before recharging it. This has nothing to do with battery memories but is to calibrate the software to more accurately reflect how much power you get on a charge. This may or may not be an antiquated practice by now.