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joer80
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Is this normal battery life for 1.5 year old battery? :\

The 6 cell battery for my t500 has a first used date of June 2010, and it currently has 298 cycles on it.   (This is my second battery for the machine.)

 

The condition says fair, and says it currently lasts for up to 30 min full charge, and a new battery would give me up to 1 hour of battery life.

 

Is that normal wear?  How many cycles do you usually get out of a battery?

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Re: Is this normal battery life for 1.5 year old battery? :\

It sounds low, unless you're always running in discrete mode.

I got 3-4 hours on my T400 6-cell.

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joer80
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Re: Is this normal battery life for 1.5 year old battery? :\

I know it is not lasting long right now, but I was more curious if this amout of degration is normal after 1.5 years?

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Re: Is this normal battery life for 1.5 year old battery? :\


@joer80 wrote:

 

The 6 cell battery for my t500 has a first used date of June 2010, and it currently has 298 cycles on it.

 


You are pretty much at end of life for a battery with that number of cycles on it.

 

Cheers,

 

Bill

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joer80
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Re: Is this normal battery life for 1.5 year old battery? :\

ah..  gotcha...

 

I did a few google searches on other brands, and it looks like 300 cycles is pretty common, save for apple which gives 1000 cycles for the macbook pros for 2009 models and newer.  

 

Are the newer thinkpads offering more cycles than 300 now also?  Or do they still use the older battery tech?

 

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1519

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Re: Is this normal battery life for 1.5 year old battery? :\

I know this was marked as solved, but I would still like to know if the newer lenovo machines, like the t520 or w520, have batterys that are rated at around 300 cycles like my machine, or 1000 like the 2009 macbooks.

 

Thanks!

Thinkpad T500 - Intel Core2 P8400 (2.26GHz), 4 gigs of ram, 160GB/7200rpm hard drive, ATI 3650 GPU, WSXGA+ panel

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