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Is there a way to switch from Slice battery to main battery before slice reaches 0%?

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Is there a way to switch from Slice battery to main battery before slice reaches 0%?

Question

I have two batteries on my W520 ThinkPad.  The main battery 55++ and the 27++ slice battery.  Both are 9 cells and have a combined designed capacity of 93.24Wh.

 

The discharge pattern between the batteries while they're both hooked up to the W520 is that the 27++ will first discharge...all the way down to 0%, then and only then will the 55++ start to discharge.

 

Is there a way to configure the system to switch over and use the 55++ battery once the 27++ drops down to a particular level, say, 25%.  ...without manually disconnecting the 27++?

 

Answer

slice battery.gifThe slice battery is protected from total discharge.The system will switch over to the internal battery when the microprocessor on the slice battery signals that it is at 0%. The microprocessor will protect the battery from further discharge when that power state is reached.

 

Note that the 0% here does not refer to the cell discharge level, but the 0% of power that can be safely drawn from the battery. All Li-on batteries from Lenovo have a built-in microprocessor that protects the cells.

 

There are no settings in the current version of Power Manager to modify this switchover point.