Is this kind of battery life normal?

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  1. Darren

    Darren DSLR/Photography/Mac Crew

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    I bought my HP DV4000 notebook in August '05 and I use it heavily every day for school and other stuff like photo editing and Office work. I'm pretty sure my battery is totally shot since it took just over 5 minutes after being unplugged for a full charge to drain and cause it to go into hibernation. Is this normal to see such a drastic drop in battery life after only three years?
     
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    For a computer that old, it's not uncommon really... buy a new battery
     
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    And take the opportunity to buy the next size up (ie 6 cell to 9 cell)
     
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    Will larger cell batteries be flush fit like the OEM one or will it be physically bigger?
     
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    Their bigger
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Most of the time they're bigger - just depends on where the battery is. Most of the new ones are at the back and tend to stick out.
     
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    I have seem some HP extended batteries however that jut out the bottom simply because they can't stick out the back because of the way they are designed. This causes there to be a bulge on the bottom tilting the back of the notebook up...
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    Buy a new battery from Batteries.com; their house-brand batteries are usually made with newer cells that can hold more charge per-cell, whereas the name-brand batteries are usually old stock that were made back when your computer was made, and they're not any better than the battery you used to have.
     
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    That's fine, that improves airflow and keeps the laptop cooler.
     
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    Yeah there's no problem with it but she seemed concerned with the fact of weather it created a bulge or not. :p
     
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    yeah I didn't really want the battery to stick out at all. I'll probably just go with a standard cell.

    by the way... I'm a dude.
     
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    I'm sorry I process images faster than words so I saw your avatar and didn't even bother looking at your username... :hs:
     
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    lol. 3 years is actually pretty good for a laptop battery...
     
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    That's what I was thinking... but 5 minutes from a full charge to dead. Wow. :rofl:
     
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    Yes, my laptop is 4.5 years old and I'm on my third battery. It got to the point that if the computer was unplugged it'd shut down completely in less than 30 seconds.
     
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    mine did the same thing when it died. it would say full power but as soon as i unplugged it would almost instantly drop to 5%.
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    That's what happens when the cells are shorted internally. You can run all the current in the world through them, and they won't store a bit of it.
     

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