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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (and some not so frequent)

General information

1. Quick Tips
2. Battery Dont's
3. What Are The Different Types of Rechargeable Battery Chemistries/Technologies?
4. What is the "Memory Effect" ?
5. Is it Possible to Upgrade My Device's Battery to a Newer Chemistry?
6. My New Battery Isn't Charging. What's the Deal?
7. How Can I Maximize Battery Performance?
8. How Are Batteries Rated? (What Are Volts and Amps?)
9. My New Battery Isn't Charging. What's the Deal?
10. Should I Recycle My Old Battery? How?

Product Search

1. I need a plate for my charger how can I find it?
2. Which Lenmar product is right for me?
3. You list battery choices as Good, Better and Best, what is the difference?

Lenmar Products & Performance

1. What does NoMEM® mean?
2. Do Lenmar batteries work with OEM chargers?
3. What kind of warranty does Lenmar have on their products?
4. Can I charge or power my equipment in the car?
5. Do Lenmar chargers work internationally?
6. Does rapid charging reduce the life of batteries?
7. What are the benefits of rechargeable alkaline batteries?
8. Why are Chargeables® marked 10 times the Life?
9. Which are better, NiCd or NiMH batteries?
10. Do NiCd batteries really have a memory effect?

Technical Questions

1. Why won't the lights on my PRO99 charger light up when I plug it in?
2. Where can I get technical help?
3. Can NiMH batteries be substituted for alkaline batteries?
4. Why don't my AA rechargeable Alkaline batteries last in my digital camera?
5. Can I charge 1-4 AA NiMH batteries at a time?
6. What kind of AA batteries can I charge in which of your Lenmar AA charger?
7. Does putting batteries in the freezer or refrigerator make them last longer?
8. How many times can a rechargeable battery be recharged?
9. If the milliAmp hours (mAh) of my current battery are rated differently than the mAh of the Lenmar battery, will it still work in my device?
10. Why doesn't my new battery hold a charge?
11. Why does my Sony camera turns off, or show non-info lithium?
12. When is it time to replace my Lenmar battery?
13. How long should it take to charge my battery?
14. Can I store my battery on my charger or camera?
15. Can I overcharge a battery?
16. How long has Lenmar been in business?
17. I have a general question or feedback how do I contact you?
18. Can you make a special battery for my project?
19. How do I become a Lenmar Dealer?
20. Where can I sign up to receive special offers and new product updates?
21. How do I fill out a testimonial?

Laptop and Desktop Computer Batteries

1. What are Main Batteries?
2. What are CMOS or Clock Batteries?
3. What are RAM or Resume batteries?
4. How Long Will the New Battery Power My Laptop?
5. Is it Possible to Upgrade My Device's Battery to a Newer Chemistry?
6. What is a "smart" Battery?
7. How Can I Maximize Battery Performance?
8. How Long Do Batteries Last (What is the Life Span of My New Battery)?
9. My New Battery Isn't Charging. What is the problem?

General information

1. Quick Tips ^
  • Always replace all batteries at the same time. Mixing old and new batteries or mixing types (such as alkaline with zinc carbon) will reduce overall performance and could cause leakage or rupture.
  • Your new battery comes in a discharged condition and must be charged before use (refer to your computer manual for charging instructions). Upon initial use (or after a prolonged storage period) the battery may require three to four charge/discharge cycles before achieving maximum capacity.
  • When charging the battery for the first time your computer may indicate that charging is complete after just 10 or 15 minutes. This is a normal phenomenon with rechargeable batteries. Simply remove the battery from the computer and repeat the charging procedure.
  • It is important to condition (fully discharge and then fully charge) the battery every two to three weeks. Failure to do so may significantly shorten the battery's life (this does not apply to Li-Ion batteries, which do not require conditioning). To discharge, simply run your device under the battery's power until it shuts down or until you get a low battery warning. Then recharge the battery as instructed in your user's manual.
  • Batteries get warm during charging and use—this is normal. As a precaution, most batteries and chargers are designed to protect against overheating. For longer life, charge your battery at room temperature (68°F to 72°F)
  • Don’t recharge a battery unless it is specifically marked "rechargeable." Attempting to recharge a normal battery could result in rupture or leakage. Don’t use rechargeable alkaline batteries in a nickel cadmium battery charger.
  • Keep battery contact surfaces and battery compartment contacts clean by rubbing them with a clean pencil eraser or a rough cloth each time you replace batteries. . Dirty contact points are a primary source of charging problems.
  • If the battery will not be in use for a month or longer, it is recommended that it be removed from the device and stored in a cool, dry, clean place.
  • A charged battery will eventually lose its charge if unused. It may therefore be necessary to recharge the battery after a storage period.
  • The milliamp-hour (mAH) rating of the battery will often be higher than the one on your original battery. A higher mAH rating is indicative of a longer lasting (higher capacity) battery and will not cause any incompatibilities. An battery will, in most cases, outperform the original by 30% to 50%. o Actual battery run-time depends upon the power demands made by the equipment. In the case of notebook computers, the use of the monitor, the hard drive and other peripherals results in an additional drain upon the battery, effectively reducing the battery's run-time. The total run-time of the battery is also heavily dependent upon the design of the equipment. To ensure maximum performance of the battery, optimize your computer's power management features. Refer to your computer manual for further instructions.
2. Battery Dont's ^
  • Do not short-circuit. A short-circuit may cause severe damage to the battery.
  • Do not drop, hit or otherwise abuse the battery as this may result in the exposure of the cell contents, which are corrosive.
  • Do not expose the battery to moisture or rain.
  • Keep battery away from fire or other sources of extreme heat.
  • Do not incinerate. Exposure of battery to extreme heat may result in an explosion.
3. What Are The Different Types of Rechargeable Battery Chemistries/Technologies? ^
Batteries in portable consumer devices (laptops and notebooks, camcorders, cellular phones, etc.) are principally made using either Nickel Cadmium (NiCad), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) or Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) technologies. Each type of rechargeable battery technology has its own unique characteristics:

NiCad and NiMH: the main difference between the two is the fact that NiMH batteries (the newer of the two technologies) offer higher energy densities than NiCads. In other words, pound for pound, NiMH delivers approximately 100% more capacity than its NiCad counterpart. What this translates into is increased run-time from the battery with no additional bulk to weigh down your portable device. NiMH also offers another major advantage: NiCad batteries tend to suffer from what is called the " memory effect". NiMH batteries are less prone to develop this dreaded affliction and thus require less maintenance and care. NiMH batteries are also more environmentally friendly than their NiCad counterparts, since they do not contain heavy metals (which present serious landfill problems).

Li-Ion has quickly become the emerging standard for portable power in consumer devices. Li-Ion batteries produce the same energy as s is crucial in applications such as camcorders or notebook computers, where the battery makes up a significant portion of the device's weight. Another reason Li-Ion batteries have become so popular is that they do not suffer from the memory effect AT ALL. They are also better for the environment because they don't contain toxic materials such as Cadmium or Mercury.
4. What is the "Memory Effect" ? ^

NiCad batteries, and to a lesser extent NiMH batteries, suffer from what's called the "memory effect". What this means is that if a battery is continually only partially discharged before re-charging, the battery "forgets" that it has the capacity to further discharge all the way down. To illustrate: If you, on a regular basis, fully charge your battery and then use only 50% of its capacity before the next recharge, eventually the battery will become unaware of its extra 50% capacity which has remained unused. Your battery will remain functional, but only at 50% of its original capacity. The way to avoid the dreaded "memory effect" is to fully cycle (fully charge and then fully discharge) your battery at least once every two to three weeks. Batteries can be discharged by unplugging the device's AC adaptor and letting the device run on the battery until it ceases to function. This will insure your battery remains healthy.

5. Is it Possible to Upgrade My Device's Battery to a Newer Chemistry? ^
NiCad, NiMH and Li-ion are all fundamentally different from one another and cannot be substituted unless the device has been pre-configured from the factory to accept more than one type of rechargeable battery. The difference between them stems from the fact that each type requires a different charging pattern to be properly recharged. Therefore, the portable device's charger must be properly configured to handle a given type of rechargeable battery.

Refer to your owner's manual to find out which rechargeable battery types your particular device supports, or simply use our search engine to find your device. It will automatically list all of the battery types supported by your machine.
6. My New Battery Isn't Charging. What's the Deal? ^
New batteries are shipped in a discharged condition and must charged before use. We generally recommend an overnight charge (approximately twelve hours). Refer to your user's manual for charging instructions. Rechargeable batteries should be cycled - fully charged and then fully discharged - 2 to 4 times initially to allow them to reach their full capacity. (Note: it is perfectly normal for a battery to become warm to the touch during charging and discharging).

New batteries are hard for your device to charge; they have never been fully charged and are therefore "unformed". Sometimes your device's charger will stop charging a new battery before it is fully charged. If this happens, simply remove the battery from your device and then re-insert it. The charge cycle should begin again. This may happen several times during your first battery charge. Don't worry; it's perfectly normal.
7. How Can I Maximize Battery Performance? ^
  • There are several steps you can take to insure that you get maximum performance from your battery:
  • Breaking In New Batteries - new batteries come in a discharged condition and must be fully charged before use. It is recommended that you fully charge and discharge your new battery two to four times to allow it to reach its maximum rated capacity.
  • Preventing the Memory Effect - Keep your battery healthy by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule are Li-Ion batteries which do not suffer from the memory effect.
  • Keep Your Batteries Clean - It's a good idea to clean dirty battery contacts with a cotton swab and alcohol. This helps maintain a good connection between the battery and your portable device.
  • Exercise Your Battery - Do not leave your battery dormant for long periods of time. We recommend using the battery at least once every two to three weeks. If a battery has not been used for a long period of time, perform the new battery break in procedure described above.
  • Battery Storage - If you don't plan on using the battery for a month or more, we recommend storing it in a clean, dry, cool place away from heat and metal objects. NiCad, NiMH and Li-Ion batteries will self-discharge during storage; remember to break them in before use. Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries must be kept at full charge during storage. This is usually achieved by using special trickle chargers. If you do not have a trickle charger, do not attempt to store SLA batteries for more than three months.
  • For Notebook Users - To get maximum performance from your battery, fully optimize the notebook's power management features prior to use. Power management is a trade off: better power conservation in exchange for lesser computer performance. The power management system conserves battery power by setting the processor to run at a slower speed, dimming the screen, spinning down the hard drive when it's not in use and causing the machine to go into sleep mode when inactive. Your notebook user's guide will provide information relating to specific power management features.
8. How Are Batteries Rated? (What Are Volts and Amps?) ^
There are two ratings on every battery: volts and amp-hours (AH). The AH rating may also be given as milliamp-hours (mAH), which are one-thousandth of an amp-hour (for example, a 1AH battery is 1000mAH). The voltage of the new battery should always match the voltage of your original. Some of our batteries will have higher amp-hour ratings than the original battery found in your device. This is indicative of a longer run-time (higher capacity) and will not cause any incompatibilities.
9. My New Battery Isn't Charging. What's the Deal? ^

New batteries are shipped in a discharged condition and must charged before use. We generally recommend an overnight charge (approximately twelve hours). Refer to your user's manual for charging instructions. Rechargeable batteries should be cycled - fully charged and then fully discharged - 2 to 4 times initially to allow them to reach their full capacity. (Note: it is perfectly normal for a battery to become warm to the touch during charging and discharging).

New batteries are hard for your device to charge; they have never been fully charged and are therefore "unformed". Sometimes your device's charger will stop charging a new battery before it is fully charged. If this happens, simply remove the battery from your device and then re-insert it. The charge cycle should begin again. This may happen several times during your first battery charge. Don't worry; it's perfectly normal.

10. Should I Recycle My Old Battery? How? ^
Nicad, NiMH and Li-Ion batteries should be recycled. Be environmentally conscious - do NOT throw these batteries in the trash.

If you don't know where your local recycling facility is, call the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association at 1-800-822-8837. They will provide you with the address of the recycling center nearest to you.

Product Search

1. I need a plate for my charger how can I find it? ^
Many of the Lenmar chargers come with adapter plates to fit a variety of battery models. Click here to see a list of available adapter plates. If you have a Lenmar charger and don't see the model you need in the list, please advise us the model number of your charger and which model battery you have and we will email you the correct plate number and a link to purchase the plate
2. Which Lenmar product is right for me? ^
Refer to the Store Search. You will be able to enter in your battery or camcorder model number to find the right battery, charger or accessories to meet your needs.
3. You list battery choices as Good, Better and Best, what is the difference? ^
The higher the milliAmp hour (mAh) the longer the run time you can expect. Therefore our Best choice will have the highest mAh and power your device for the longest time. Good, Better or Best choices, listed in a search, are all compatible for your device regardless of the mAh rating.

Lenmar Products & Performance

1. What does NoMEM® mean? ^
NoMEM® is a registered Lenmar brand name. On older technology batteries you would need to fully drain the battery before charging or a memory effect would develop and limit run time and reduce its effective life. With Lenmar NoMEM batteries you will not need to fully drain the battery before charging to maintain their maximum capacity.
2. Do Lenmar batteries work with OEM chargers? ^
Yes, Lenmar batteries are designed to be 100% fully compatible with the OEM equipment and the OEM chargers.
3. What kind of warranty does Lenmar have on their products? ^
All Lenmar products carry a Performance Guarantee. Lenmar guarantees their products to perform to its specifications for a specified period of time (1-3 years) or we will replace the unit free of charge. To contact us about a product under warranty click here
4. Can I charge or power my equipment in the car? ^
Yes, we have a variety of car cords that work for camcorder, cell phone and laptop computer. Also note that most of the Lenmar chargers will charge the batteries in the car and some will even power the equipment without the battery on board. Refer to the product category you are looking for or click here to find your accessories.
5. Do Lenmar chargers work internationally? ^
Several Lenmar chargers, including the Mach 1 Speed Charger Series are international ready as it comes with a 100-240v power supply. All you need is an adapter plug that corresponds to the plug type of the specific country. Models marked 110V input may need a power, and plug converter to use outside the U.S. and Canada
6. Does rapid charging reduce the life of batteries? ^
Fast chargers such as the Lenmar Mach 1 Speed Charger with NeoTherm® Technology, will simultaneously rapidly charge and condition the battery thus extending the life of the battery. Overcharging and overheating a battery will adversely effect the life and performance of a battery.
7. What are the benefits of rechargeable alkaline batteries? ^
Rechargeable alkaline such as Lenmar's Chargeables® can save money because they can be recharged many times. Chargeables® are best suited for low drain devices such as Personal radio, CD players, toys, flashlights and all other devices where disposable alkaline cells perform well. Lenmar Chargeables® may be used over and over again- up to 50 times longer than disposable alkaline batteries. Lenmar Chargeables® have no memory, in fact they will last longer if they are charged often, without fully being discharged. Chargeables® will perform about 80-90% on its initial use compared to standard disposable alkaline.
8. Why are Chargeables® marked 10 times the Life? ^
Lenmar Chargeables® rechargeable alkaline batteries may last up to 50 times the life compared to standard alkaline cells. However, to maximize their performance it is recommended to charge the batteries after each use. In the worst case scenario of fully charging the cells and completely discharging the cells, one Chargeables® would be charged 25 times and will cumulatively perform the equivalent of using 10 disposable cells. Therefore, Chargeables® will run 10-50 times the life of alkaline batteries saving you money as well as environment friendly.
9. Which are better, NiCd or NiMH batteries? ^
For most electronic devices it is better to use NiMH batteries than NiCd batteries. NiCd batteries use Cadmium, a toxic heavy metal that can damage the environment if not disposed of properly. (They should be recycled not discarded). NiMH batteries have a higher capacity without a bigger size battery with no memory effect compared to NiCd.
10. Do NiCd batteries really have a memory effect? ^
NiCd batteries do suffer from a memory effect. Depending on the severity of the memory it may be reversible by conditioning them. There are a variety of Lenmar chargers that will condition and charge your NiCd batteries.

Technical Questions

1. Why won't the lights on my PRO99 charger light up when I plug it in? ^
The cardboard that is put between the batteries and the contacts for shipping reasons, needs to be taken out before use
2. Where can I get technical help? ^

If you have not found the help you were looking for in this area, where you can find online manuals and many other Technical FAQ's, click here send an email that will be answered within 48hrs

3. Can NiMH batteries be substituted for alkaline batteries? ^

Usually. However some devices are specifically marked. Check inside the battery compartment of your device or your user manual to make sure they are compatible. Note the discharge curve of alkaline batteries continuously reduces voltage capacity. In fact, over the course of their discharge, alkaline batteries actually average about 1.2 volts. The main difference is that an alkaline battery starts at 1.5 volts and gradually drops to less than 1.0 volts. NiMH batteries stay at about 1.2 volts for almost 80% of their discharge cycle. Once alkaline batteries discharge to 50% capacity, it will be delivering a lower voltage than a NiMH battery.

4. Why don't my AA rechargeable Alkaline batteries last in my digital camera? ^

Alkaline batteries are best suited for low drain personal electronic devices such as toys, portable radios, CD players and television remote controls. A digital camera is a high drain device, which needs a Nickel Metal Hydride battery such as our NoMEM® PRO Rechargeable batteries and chargers. Click here to see the variety of Nickel Metal Hydride battery we offer for your digital camera

5. Can I charge 1-4 AA NiMH batteries at a time? ^

Yes, many of the Lenmar chargers allow you to charge 1,2,3 or 4 AA or AAA batteries at the same time. Some chargers need to charge in series of 2 or 4. Refer to Lenmar charger specifications for further details

6. What kind of AA batteries can I charge in which of your Lenmar AA charger? ^

Never charge Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries in a rechargeable Alkaline Manganese charger or Alkaline Manganese batteries in a Nickel-Metal Hydride charger. Charging batteries in a non-compatible charger may cause damage to your batteries and charger. Never recharge standard alkaline batteries. Use specifically marked NiMH chargers for 1.25V NiMH (Lenmar NoMEM® PRO) batteries and Rechargeable Alkaline Manganese chargers for 1.5V Alkaline Manganese (Lenmar Chargeables®) batteries

7. Does putting batteries in the freezer or refrigerator make them last longer? ^
It depends on which type of batteries and at what temperature you normally store them. Alkaline batteries stored at room temperature will retain 90% of their power for years without refrigeration. Under normal circumstances, refrigerating alkaline batteries will do little to extend their life. NiMH and NiCd batteries, start to lose power when stored for only a few days at room temperature. But they will retain a 90% charge for several months if you keep them in the freezer after they are fully charged. If you do decide to store your charged NiMH cells in the freezer or refrigerator, make sure you keep them in a tightly sealed bag so they stay dry. Also, let them return to room temperature before using them.
8. How many times can a rechargeable battery be recharged? ^
The number of times a battery can be recharged depends on many factors. These include the discharging drain load, the frequency of use, the length of time in a discharged state, charge temperature and conditioning. Rechargeable batteries do NOT last forever and need to be replaced at some time. However, you should expect many years and hundreds of charge cycles of good performance.
9. If the milliAmp hours (mAh) of my current battery are rated differently than the mAh of the Lenmar battery, will it still work in my device? ^
Yes, it will work. The mAh is a measurement to compare run times. For example, a battery with a 2500mAh rating would last 2x longer than a battery with a 1250mAh rating.
10. Why doesn't my new battery hold a charge? ^

Sometimes when a battery is inactive for a long period of time, the cells inside become dormant and need to be jump-started. We recommend that you cycle charge the battery by fully discharging the battery and then completely recharging it (repeat this 3-times). This should recondition the battery and bring it back to normal operational status.

11. Why does my Sony camera turns off, or show non-info lithium? ^

Many Sony cameras and camcorders require the correct smart chip battery for it to communicate with the camera. Lenmar info batteries are compatible with Sony products. However, updates for new models occur. Please fill out a technical request form, listing the battery date code (2-digit code on Lenmar battery) for us to verify compatibility. Click here for technical request form

12. When is it time to replace my Lenmar battery? ^

When you notice run time being approximately 50% less than the run time when the battery was new, we recommend that you replace the battery with a new Lenmar battery. Rechargeable batteries do not last forever and need to be replaced at some time.

13. How long should it take to charge my battery? ^
It depends on the battery charger and battery you are using. For recommended charge times using Lenmar battery chargers, please refer to the online product manual for the specific model number you are using or click here. Please keep in mind higher capacity batteries requires longer charge times.
14. Can I store my battery on my charger or camera? ^
It is advised to remove the battery from the camera or battery charger when it is not being used for long periods of time. Small amounts of current flow even when not in use. The battery may become drained and lose its capacity. We also recommend that you fully charge your batteries before storing them for long periods of time.
15. Can I overcharge a battery? ^
Yes, putting too much charge energy in the cells can damage batteries. Lenmar batteries have protective circuitry to prevent overheating
16. How long has Lenmar been in business? ^

Lenmar Enterprises, Inc. has been providing quality accessories to the Photographic and Consumer Electronic Industry for over 38 years. For more news about Lenmar's history click here.

17. I have a general question or feedback how do I contact you? ^
We welcome your questions and comments. Click here to submit your feedback. We are always striving to find ways to improve and to better meet your future requirements. We appreciate you taking the time to help us to better serve you.
18. Can you make a special battery for my project? ^
We are always happy to explore custom battery solutions. Please call us or click here to email us with the details of your requirements and specifications. Upon receipt, we will inform you of the viability, cost or other options to help you meet your needs
19. How do I become a Lenmar Dealer? ^
Please click here for more information on how to become a Lenmar dealer
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Laptop and Desktop Computer Batteries

1. What are Main Batteries? ^
The main battery (also called the power battery) is the battery pack which allows a laptop or notebook to operate independently of an AC power source. These rechargeable batteries are designed to operate the computer for a certain amount of time (generally 1 to 4 hours).
2. What are CMOS or Clock Batteries? ^
CMOS & Clock Backup batteries perform the same function in desktop and laptop computers: when the computer is turned off, the battery maintains the time and date, insuring their accuracy when the system is once again restarted. More importantly, the battery saves the computer's CMOS set-up configuration, which allows the system to efficiently re-boot once it is restarted. The computer knows what type of hard drive it is dealing with, etc. Not surprisingly, these batteries are known alternatively as CMOS batteries, Real Time Clock (RTC) batteries, or simply internal batteries.

The most common CMOS battery chemistries are Lithium, Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) and alkaline. They are usually somewhere in the 3 to 7.2 volt range and either solder onto the motherboard or simply plug in via a snap-in connector (depending upon the computer manufacturer's design).

In most cases, replacement of the CMOS battery is an easy task. It is simply a matter of locating the battery on the computer's motherboard, removing it, and plugging in a new one. As a rule, internal batteries should be replaced by the same type of battery which was originally used in the machine, or according to the manufacturer's specifications. The major exception to this rule are older IBM compatible computers which come with a NiCad battery soldered onto the motherboard. These computers usually have a three or four pin male plug, with two of the pins connected via a jumper (this is generally found in the same area of the motherboard as the original battery). This plug gives you the option of leaving the soldered battery in place and replacing it with a plug-in type battery. Removing the jumper tells the computer to ignore the battery soldered onto the motherboard and to look to the pins for its power source. IMPORTANT NOTE: NiCad batteries are rechargeable, whereas Lithium and alkaline batteries are NOT. Therefore, Lithium and alkaline batteries must be replaced by equivalent batteries of the same type. Attempting to replace these non-rechargeable batteries with a NiCad will result in a non-functioning battery, due to the fact the computer lacks the proper charging circuitry. If a motherboard lacks the above-discussed provision for an external battery, the NiCad battery MUST be unsoldered and replaced by a NiCad battery ONLY. Attempting to use an alkaline or lithium battery in place of NiCad on such a board could be hazardous. These batteries are not designed to be recharged, and an attempt to do so may cause the battery to "burst", or explode.

CMOS batteries generally last for two to three years, although some (especially the lithium type) have been known to last much longer. Ironically, the less you use your computer, the faster the CMOS battery will run out. This is because when your computer is turned off the battery begins to function. It is recommended to replace the CMOS battery approximately once a year, or when servicing the computer. If your computer has been idle for an extended length of time it is a good idea to change the battery. Changing the battery is a relatively easy and inexpensive task, especially (as I'm sure many of you out there know) when compared to trying to reconfigure a computer which has lost its CMOS settings.
3. What are RAM or Resume batteries? ^
Some notebook computers are designed with a dedicated battery for backing up RAM functions when the machine is temporarily shut off. This feature allows users to change the main battery pack without losing the current applications and settings residing in RAM (Random Access Memory). This is called a "battery hot swap" - switching the main battery pack without having to turn off the computer.

These type of batteries are alternately known as bridge batteries, RAM batteries, or resume batteries.

Most RAM batteries are rechargeable NiCad and will last around 2-3 years. It is recommended that you replace your notebook's RAM battery when replacing the CMOS battery.
4. How Long Will the New Battery Power My Laptop? ^
That is difficult to determine. Actual battery running time depends upon the power demands made by the equipment. The use of the monitor, the hard drive and other accessories results in an additional drain upon the battery, effectively reducing its running time. The total running time of the battery is also dependent upon the design of the equipment. Generally, a new battery will run at least as long (and usually- longer) as your old battery did when it was new.
5. Is it Possible to Upgrade My Device's Battery to a Newer Chemistry? ^
NiCad, NiMH and Li-ion are all fundamentally different from one another and cannot be substituted unless the device has been pre-configured from the factory to accept more than one type of rechargeable battery. The difference between them stems from the fact that each type requires a different charging pattern to be properly recharged. Therefore, the portable device's charger must be properly configured to handle a given type of rechargeable battery.

Refer to your owner's manual to find out which rechargeable battery types your particular device supports, or simply use our search engine to find your device. It will automatically list all of the battery types supported by your machine.
6. What is a "smart" Battery? ^
Smart batteries have internal circuit boards with smart chips which allow them to communicate with the notebook and thus better monitor battery performance, output voltage and temperature. Smart batteries will generally run 15% longer due to their increased efficiency and also give the computer much more accurate "fuel gauge" capabilities to determine how much battery running time is left before the next recharge is required.
7. How Can I Maximize Battery Performance? ^
There are several steps you can take to insure that you get maximum performance from your battery:

Breaking In New Batteries - new batteries come in a discharged condition and must be fully charged before use. It is recommended that you fully charge and discharge your new battery two to four times to allow it to reach its maximum rated capacity.

Preventing the Memory Effect - Keep your battery healthy by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule are Li-Ion batteries which do not suffer from the memory effect.

Keep Your Batteries Clean - It's a good idea to clean dirty battery contacts with a cotton swab and alcohol. This helps maintain a good connection between the battery and your portable device.

Exercise Your Battery - Do not leave your battery dormant for long periods of time. We recommend using the battery at least once every two to three weeks. If a battery has not been used for a long period of time, perform the new battery break in procedure described above.

Battery Storage - If you don't plan on using the battery for a month or more, we recommend storing it in a clean, dry, cool place away from heat and metal objects. NiCad, NiMH and Li-Ion batteries will self-discharge during storage; remember to break them in before use. Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries must be kept at full charge during storage. This is usually achieved by using special trickle chargers. If you do not have a trickle charger, do not attempt to store SLA batteries for more than three months.

For Notebook Users - To get maximum performance from your battery, fully optimize the notebook's power management features prior to use. Power management is a trade off: better power conservation in exchange for lesser computer performance. The power management system conserves battery power by setting the processor to run at a slower speed, dimming the screen, spinning down the hard drive when it's not in use and causing the machine to go into sleep mode when inactive. Your notebook user's guide will provide information relating to specific power management features.
8. How Long Do Batteries Last (What is the Life Span of My New Battery)? ^
The life of a rechargeable battery operating under normal conditions is generally between 500 to 800 charge-discharge cycles. This translates into one and a half to three years of battery life for the average user. As your rechargeable battery begins to die, you will notice a decline in the running time of the battery. When your two hour battery is only supplying you with an hour's worth of use, it's time for a new one.
9. My New Battery Isn't Charging. What is the problem? ^
New batteries are shipped in a discharged condition and must charged before use. We generally recommend an overnight charge (approximately twelve hours). Refer to your user's manual for charging instructions. Rechargeable batteries should be cycled - fully charged and then fully discharged - 2 to 4 times initially to allow them to reach their full capacity. (Note: it is perfectly normal for a battery to become warm to the touch during charging and discharging).

New batteries are hard for your device to charge; they have never been fully charged and are therefore "unformed". Sometimes your device's charger will stop charging a new battery before it is fully charged. If this happens, simply remove the battery from your device and then re-insert it. The charge cycle should begin again. This may happen several times during your first battery charge. Don't worry; it's perfectly normal.

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