02-01-2014 10:54 PM
My Lenovo E530 is 1 year, 1 month old so I am guessing it is outside of its warranty. However, my battery life is pretty awful compared with what most people seem to be getting. I've running the 2.08 bios as I don't want to update just yet until I find if it is the srouce of the problem. I have the 75+ battery and an i7.
Looking at the battery page I should be able to get 8 hours, atleast 6. I'm getting a maximum of 1 1/2 hours. This is not a new problem, I have had the same thing since I purchased it. It has always been horrifically slow running on the 5400rpm 750GB hdd. I installed an SSD lately and the speed problem was solved.
I'm just really disappointed by the battery life. The change logs don't seem to state anything related to battery usage (aside from the WOL leak). Any idea what is wrong here?
02-03-2014 02:14 AM
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
Capacity of a battery declines as the battery ages, with the number of charge cycles and time at high temperature. Under average usage patterns your battery maintains approximately 70% of its power capacity after the first year of operation.
If you feel that the battery backup is too low, try doing a battery firmware upgrade and BIOS update. Check the Lenovo support site for any battery firmware updates for your particular model.
Refer this knowledgebase which explains some tips to improve battery backup.
Hope this helps!
02-09-2014 12:38 AM
Thanks for the reply and sorry for the delayed response.
I recently installed Debian Linux and was measuring my battery usage. After installing Bumblebee a phenomenal thing occured, my battery life doubled and more! I can now get 4 hours from a single charge.
It seems that it was caused by the dedicated graphics card running all of the time. Perhaps this was the case under windows as well. Anyway, it is all fixed now and hopefully this helps out anyone else with the same problem.
@mithunr, thanks for your reply, I am going to do the updates and see if my battery gets any better.
Just wondering, is there a 9 cell battery available at all for my laptop? I've found them on unofficial sites, but am suspicious of them.
02-09-2014 11:11 PM
06-16-2014 07:12 PM - edited 06-16-2014 07:13 PM
I too have suffered from the "terrible" battery life of the Lenovo E530 *FROM BRAND NEW* !
There is seriously something wrong with the design of this machine.
For the first 3 days I got 8+ hours operation.
Then 4th day. Bang. 2 hours and 42 minutes.
I contacted Lenovo and they sent out a replacement new battery.
Exactly the same thing. 2 hours and 42 minutes every charge cycle.
I have tried everything, factory reset, battery reset, different power plans.
So now in desperation I tried a bios update.
Even worse!. Every cycle now it's 1 hour and 50ish minutes!.
Yet before the bios update it was at least 2 hours and 42 minutes.
These things have major issues!
I bought Lenovo because I wanted the best. But instead I got second rate rubbish.
I think Lenovo need to start branding these machines with the Acer brand!