Oct 7, 2011
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How to perform a calibration (full discharge)?

The most adequate method to do a full discharge (100% to a minimum of 3%) consists of the following procedure:

  1. Fully charge the battery to its maximum capacity (100%);
  2. Let the battery “rest” fully charged for 2 hours or more in order to cool down from the charging process. You may use the computer normally within this period;
  3. Unplug the power cord and set the computer to hibernate automatically at the minimum percentage possible as described by the image sequence below (click images to enlarge);        
  4. Leave the computer discharging, non-stop, until it hibernates itself. You may use the computer normally within this period;
  5. When the computer shuts down completely, let it stay in the hibernation state for 5 hours or even more;
  6. Plug the computer to the A/C power to perform a full charge non-stop until its maximum capacity (100%). You may use the computer normally within this period.

After the calibration process, the reported wear level is usually higher than before. This is natural, since it now reports the true current capacity that the battery has to hold charge. Lithium Ion batteries have a limit amount of discharge cycles (generally 200 to 300 cycles) and they will retain less capacity over time.

Many people tend to think “If calibrating gives higher wear level, then it’s a bad thing”. This is wrong, because like said, the calibration is meant to have your battery report the true capacity it can hold, and it’s meant to avoid surprises like, for example, being in the middle of a presentation and suddenly the computer shuts down at 30% of charge.

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