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Back To School Batteries

Sep 5, 2008
With Labor Day behind us, signaling the end of summer, it is time for everyone to forget about the light clothes and outdoor activities and begin to settle in for the fall and winter months. For many people, this means getting ready for school. Whether it's high school or college, and whether they have already started classes or are preparing to start, students across the nation should focus on being prepared for the current school year. Some may prepare by restocking their closet and their mini fridge. Others may prepare by brushing up on their study habits. However, you can't neglect your electronics and other battery-powered devices when embarking on another school year, and that's where we come in.

Perhaps the most important batteries around this time of the year are laptop and notebook batteries. Laptops are becoming standard issue for most college students and even a large number of high school students. They offer the type of portable workstation that is essential in the modern, fast-paced learning style. Being able to open a laptop in between classes and work on some homework and review some notes is an invaluable resource. That's why, when you go to open your laptop and you are met with a dead battery and consequently an unusable computer, it can be one of the most frustrating things imaginable. So it's important to make sure you have the right accessories for your laptop to make sure it is ready when you are.

A strong battery is the most essential item to consider. If a laptop battery is no longer charging to full capacity, it may be time to consider replacing it. Some laptop batteries may even be replaced with extended-life versions which will allow for more portable computing when away from a wall outlet. You may also want to consider your options for battery chargers, since some chargers can be used in a vehicle's power outlet to charge the laptop battery, making charging while commuting a possibility. If you really need to beef up you portable power, consider an external battery which connects to the computer's charging port and can provide up to 10 hours of additional runtime.

Another device requiring fully-functioning batteries to be of any use is your cell phone. Cell phones, once a novelty, have become an integral part of many people's everyday lives. They are used to store phone numbers, manage calendars and appointments, carry quick notes and reminders, and of course, make phone calls. For college students, a cell phone is also often the primary means of calling home. So when you need to use it, it should be ready to go. Just like with a laptop, a cell phone battery that no longer holds a full charge should probably be replaced, perhaps with stronger, longer-lasting version. And again, as with laptops, a standard wall charger and a vehicle adapter can be very helpful.

While these battery needs may seem somewhat obvious, some others are not so widely recognized. For example, it is a good idea to make sure that your alarm clock always has a fresh battery backup installed in order to ensure you are woken up even if the power goes out during the night. Most modern alarm clocks allow for this and take a standard 9 volt alkaline battery. Another battery that is often ignored until it is too late is the battery in your car. It's not fun to venture out in the cold to commute to school or hop in your car to go home for the weekend only to find that it will not start because the battery is dead. Have regular checks performed on your vehicle's battery to make sure it is up for your driving habits.
About the Author
Bobby George is a technical consultant at LowCostBatteries.com. Please visit the site for more articles.bobby@lowcostbatteries.com
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