Advice For Laptop Battery Wearing Down

Posted on September 6, 2011
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Nowadays, laptop is playing a very important role in our daily life. This makes laptop battery more indispensable. However, do you know how to make batteries last longer and what to do when they run out?

Generally speaking, an ordinary sony vgp-bps8 battery can probably last for 2 to 3 years. Each time when you charge your battery, the total capacity is gradually diminishing. For example, it may originally run for 3 hours, but after a year it will run out of juice at only 1 hour. If the battery capacity is diminishing, maybe you could do something about it. You may first correctly check how much capacity it has been lost. These will compare your battery’s maximum capacity as to how long it lasted when it was new. Second, you may try to calibrate your battery. Usually battery loses power over time due to chemical reactions taking place inside it. In many laptops, the power meter of the operating system gets out of sync with how much juice the battery has. Sometimes, your laptop shuts down abruptly when the power meter shows you have 20 minutes left, or the power meter warns that you only have several minutes of battery life and shut your laptop down, when it really has 30 minutes left. Therefore, recalibrating can make the battery meter to correctly read the current state of the battery so that you know the existing battery life.

Since we mentioned recalibrating, then how to recalibrate the sony vgp-bps9 battery? First, you may fully charge your battery and leave it that way for at least 2 hours. Then you may unplug the laptop and set its power management to never turn off or lower the monitor brightness (refer to the instructions provided by the laptop manufacturer). You may then drain the battery completely and then let your laptop sit for at least 6 hours or overnight. Afterwards, you may recharge it and you should notice a more accurate display of your battery capacity. Sometimes, you can even get more life out of it.

Meanwhile, we also need to pay attention to disposal of the wearing or dying batteries. When the batteries fail to work correctly after a couple of years, some people may simply throw them away, but this is not right. Laptop batteries contain lots of toxic chemicals and should never end up in landfills. You may drop by a recycling plant which aims to collect recyclable items. If you can’t find a recycling plant available around your area, you may search online or ask your local government for assistance.

After the battery is properly disposed of, you may consider obtaining a new battery. Usually when your battery can only hold around 20% of its original capacity, it’s probably the time for a new replacement. You can buy a replacement battery from the original laptop manufacturer at a higher price or simply find a discounted and quality-assured battery from some online battery sellers.

Problem with Sony VGP-BPL2 battery or Sony VGP-BPS2 battery

Posted on September 1, 2010
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My original Sony VGN-S460 laptop battery finally stopped working, so i decided to buy a new 6600mah battery. I tried to search online and found Sony sold its battery for more than $200.00. Then i changed my mind and ordered a VGP-BPL2 replacement battery from an online website. The battery was delivered to me quickly. Since it’s an extended 6600mah battery, it looks a little bigger than the original 4400mah one. Anyway, it did fit my Sony VGN-S460 laptop.

After receiving the sony VGP-BPL2 battery, i charged it in my laptop overnight. My laptop showed it was 100% charged when I booted up under AC power with the battery installed. However, a problem happened in a minute after booting up. My laptop got an error message saying the battery wasn’t properly inserted or wasn’t a genuine Sony battery. After that, the notebook went into hibernation and the battery needed to be removed. At that time, i was a little regretted that i did not directly buy from Sony, even Sony’s price is several times higher. Before i was ready to throw in the towel, a practical sentence came in my mind: Have you tried to google before you ask others? Then i tried to google this problem. To my surprise, many other guys also experienced the same problem with those replacement batteries for sony laptops. A clever person said the error message must be from some Sony software running in the background. He looked in his Starup files, and found there are several files running from Program Files/Sony/… He tried eliminating a couple of suspects, and finally found which program is causing the problem. It’s called “ISBMgr.exe” and is in Program Files/Sony/ISB Utility/. After removing that file from his startup, his new VGP-BPL2 battery was working fine.

In fact, the exe. file has nothing to do with operating system (Windows XP or Vista);  It is a file created to disable the laptop when any “not capable Battery” is replaced with original sony laptop battery. In other word, Sony wants you to buy their battery for $400 while you can buy it online for $50!! Here is the solution:

Note: the ONLY reason of this file to be in your laptop is to disable laptop when you use different brand of battery rather than sony, so don’t be scare to delete this file from your computer! Here is how: file location: C/program files/Sony/ISB Utility/ISBMgr.exe (in some laptop, it appears as “ISBMgr,” without exe. extension), go ahead right click and try to delete this file: “ISBMgr.exe”. First of all you need to be in administrator account to give the permission to do so. BUT, in most cases that don’t work either because the file is protected or hidden.

Development Trends For Sony Laptops/Notebooks

Posted on August 21, 2010
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After several years of sustained hardware acceleration, dell business notebooks gradually cast off the previous image of ordinary appearance and function. Today, more and more notebooks not only come with beautiful appearance but also have more fascinating features with smooth speed. With the spread of wideband and mobile internet, notebook, turns to reflect more features compared with those old versions. It mainly includes the following major areas.

1. Unlimited wireless internet access

Wireless internet access has been a great shackle to notebook. At the initial stage, the wireless internet technology has to be equiped with other assorted hardwares. If you do not know the local password, then you only have to wait. Even though there has been some sort of improvements, notebook still can’t be used for a whole day without limitation, while the working environment is the place not available for wireless networks. With the network infrastructure and hardware upgrades, this problem can surely be solved in the future.

2. External Camera

Nowadays, almost every notebook has a camera, which is really more practical than before. However, a single built-in camera sometimes can bring a lot of inconvenience. For example, if there are any outdoor measurement work required to take a panorama of the building blocks, the built-in camera starts to expose its shortcomings without a doubt. All the work can not be accomplished effectively unless you take an additional DV or DC. The content of commercial work is varied, so business professionals’ working needs should be taken into consideration and camera design should be more creative and practical.

3. Interconnection with mobile phone

As a new network terminal, mobile phone has been more and more used for news browsing, microblogging, chatting, etc., however notebook’s internnection with mobile phone still can’t be fully achieved in data transfer and information sharing.

4. Faster processing speed

As a light-oriented notebook, it is portable in size and its performance should also be steadily improved, otherwise it is difficult to meet the growing busness needs. Under the current configuration of common standards, many business notebook are still stuck in the stages of text messages and picture processing. For simultaneous processing of high quality pictures, video and other tasks, it appears far from satisfaction. It is a general trend that notebooks will surpass desktop in the future. Some big brand PC manufacturers such as Sony has taken a small step in launching some fast processor notebooks to the market.

5. Long standby

It is common for business people to go on an errand for a couple of weeks. Mobile phone, as one of the mobile business tools, has partially achieved long standby to meet customers’ needs. However, there is a delay in notebook development in this regard. Notebook has more powerful features than mobile phone and is more frequently used. If this problem can not be solved, it is bound to affect users’ experience of notebook. Manufacturers can also design batteries of different capacities. Take Sony VGP-BPL9 battery for example, there are different capacities at 4400mah, 6600mah and even higher. If people want a longer standby, they can also purchase a high capacity Sony laptop battery.

Tips for Buying Cheap Sony Laptop Battery

Posted on August 17, 2010
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With the wide spread of laptops, more and more consumers have at least one laptop at home or workplace. However,  the hassles arise at the same time when the original battery gets dead.  Many people may have many questions about what to buy, from who to buy, what they even should be looking for when buying a laptop battery? I have classified several categories a person needs to be informed about when going out to make a purchase for a new battery.

Laptop model and original battery code (part number)

The original battery code (part number) is quite essential to the purchase of your new laptop battery. It is a unique identifier that is assigned to a part to simplify referencing and to unambiguously define a part within a single manufacturer. The part number above all is what needs to be known before going to buy your battery. Secondly the make and model are next most important part identifiers you must know. The make is the manufacturer (e.g. Sony, HP, and Dell). The model is a multi-component word that includes the line and actually model number. For example, the Sony VGN-FZ50B laptop battery is an example of a Sony made battery that is part of the VGN series laptop and which has battery code Sony VGP-BPS8 battery. In other words, the information of model and part number can determine the battery compatibility.

Capacity, Chemistry and Voltage

There are series of questions about capacity you need to know before purchase: how much you want to spend, how often and how long you use your laptop on battery power, and what applications you may be running off the battery’s power. The higher the capacity the more money you will spend, so if you need the longer runtime or you use applications that require more battery power, then buy the higher capacity battery. A milliAmp hour (mAh) is the most commonly used notation system for consumer electronic batteries. Take the sony vgp-bps8 specification for example,

  • Chemistry : Li-ion
  • Volts : 11.1V
  • Capacity: 5200mAh
  • Color : Silver
  • Net Weight : 441.00 g
  • Dimension : 203.2×42.5×77.9mm
  • Most laptops now require a lithium based battery chemistry, as it has no memory effect. You cannot choose your chemistry type for most batteries. It is still good however to know which chemistry type your battery requires.

    For laptop batteries, the most common voltage measurements are: 7.2V, 9.6V, 10.8V, 11.1V, and 14.4V. Since you cannot choose the voltage measurement for your laptop, then go with whatever measurement is closest to your original battery. Remember nominal voltage allows for slight deviation from the original but you cannot use a 7.2V battery if it requires 14.4V. The best example would be a 10.8V battery could be used with an 11.1V battery.

    Number of Cells

    The number of cells is important since the more cells contained in the battery the higher the capacity will be. To determine the number of cells in your laptop battery you need to have some general idea of what cells are being used in your battery. The most common battery cell is the 18650 and is manufactured by LG, Sony, Sanyo, Samsung, Panasonic and many others. The 18650 is a 3.6V cylindrical Li-Ion cell. 18650 has no memory effect (distinguish between digital memory effect) and longer storage life than NiMH battery cells. 18650 is light weight and have a high energy density. It is in effect perfect for building batteries for laptop and other portable power devices.

    Specifically the 18650 battery cell has a nominal voltage average of 3.7 V. It has a nominal capacity of 2200 mAh. It has a maximum charge current of 2.4 Ah and a max discharging current of 4.6 Ah. Its dimensions (DxH) are 18.3 mm (Max 18.4) x 64.9 mm (Max 65.1). It weighs 46.5 g (1.64 oz). It has cell cycle performance of 80% of initial capacity at 300 cycles. All in all the 18650 is a very good battery cell.

    Using this common laptop battery cell as our base you can determine the number of cells in your laptop battery by doing the following. Divide the battery’s stated voltage by the 18650′s nominal voltage to get the number of cells in series and divide the battery’s stated capacity by the 18650′s nominal capacity to get the number of cells in parallel. Then multiply the results of the series and the parallel to get the total number of cells in the battery.

    Price, Warranty and Seller

    When choosing a seller to buy Sony laptop battery, please first search the seller’s reputation and then carefully check the price, the warranty and the return policy. It is recommended to contact the seller if you have any questions.

    Reviews For New Sony VGP-BPS9 Laptop Battery

    Posted on August 13, 2010
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    This Sony VGP-BPS9 battery is black one, it fit sony vaio VGN-AR48C Laptop,  this laptop release on July of 2007,  it using advanced Intel Core 2 Duo processor T7700, this new processor will bring a lot of high performance technologies, including up to 4MB of Advanced Smart Cache, up to 800MHz front side bus notebooks. It also supports Intel multi-dynamic execution, intelligent power management through Intel, Intel Smart Memory Access, Intel Advanced Smart Cache and Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost, accelerating the run rate while improving battery efficiency.

    The picture of this laptop

    sony vgp-bps9 battery

    sony vgp-bps9 battery

     The picture of the battery

    This 5200mAh Sony VGP-BPS9 rechargeable battery is a replacement for the original Sony VGP-BPS9 laptop computer batteries.Our Sony VGP-BPS9 battery, made with the finest cells, are 100% compatible with the Manufacturer Part and will even meet or exceed OEM requirements. The new VGP-BPS9 battery adopts Li-ion technology, which ensures maximum battery life and maximum battery performance. Furthermore, all VGP-BPS9 batteries for Sony notebook have the built-in auto-rehabilitation function, which can fully charge and discharge the battery to correct the error message.

    This high-capacity Sony laptop battery running time is 4-6 hours or longer(also this will depending on different operation system mode and different notebook computer model),and charging time will need 4-5 hours (also this will depending on different operation system mode and notebook computer model).

  • Chemistry : Li-ion
  • Volts : 11.1V
  • Capacity: 5200mAh
  • Color : Black
  • Net Weight : 401.00 g
  • Troubleshooting Sony VGP-BPS9 Battery Problems

    Posted on August 11, 2010
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    Suppose you ordered a Sony VGP-BPS9 battery from an online website, but the battery had the following symptoms. Do you know how to troubleshoot the sony vgp-bps9 battery problems?

     1. Battery does not charge.

    2. Battery can not charge above 90%.

    3. Battery charges fast and running time is very short.

    4. Battery fully charged, but only last 10 minutes.

    5. Laptop suddenly shuts off without prior notice.

    6. Power meter indicates the wrong capacity.

    7. Battery temperature is abnormally high.

     Refer to the following tips:

     1. Make sure the power management setting in the laptop OS is correct.

    2. Some laptops have self-correction programs for battery. Some batteries can be self-corrected by such a process.

    3. If your laptop does not have self-correction programs for battery, you may refer to the following steps to correct battery.

    a. Fully charge the VGP-BPS9 battery with laptop turned off.

    b. Unplug the adapter and turn on the laptop.

    c. Speed up discharging the battery by normal use or play DVD or games until the lack of power warning appears.

    d. Turn off the laptop.

    e. Check the power meter and see if the charge goes back to 95% to 100%. If yes, the battery has no problem. If the charge is still low, please repeat the charging and discharging process one more time. If the problem still exists, it’s very likely that the battery is faulty and needs to be repaired.

     Almost all the laptop batteries are made of li-ion cells. Inside the Sony laptop battery, there is power management IC, which can monitor the usage condition and record related information of batteries. With the increase of use times or improper use, the information in power management IC will deviate. Therefore, the battery needs to be self-corrected for normal use. Put in simple, battery self-correction means a complete process of battery charging and discharging without interruption. With the function of power management IC, the battery can be self-corrected to the optimal state. Generally speaking, a normal laptop battery can undergo 500 charging and discharging cycles. That is to say, a battery can only be used for 1 to 2 years if we use it everyday. However, the battery self-correct function can not solve the problems caused by aging chemical materials.

    Sony VGP-BPS3 battery Use Guide and Features

    Posted on August 10, 2010
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    • Chemistry : Li-ion
    • Volts : 7.4V
    • Capacity: 6600mAh
    • Color : Metallic Silver
    • Net Weight : 439.42 g
    • Dimension : 205.80 x 45.05 x 26.20 mm

    Replacement for Sony VGP-BPS3 laptop battery

    This 6600mAh Sony vgp-bps3 rechargeable battery is a replacement for the original Sony vgp-bps3 laptop computer batteries.Our Sony vgp-bps3 battery, made with the finest cells, are 100% compatible with the Manufacturer Part and will even meet or exceed OEM requirements. The new vgp-bps3 battery adopts Li-ion technology, which ensures maximum battery life and maximum battery performance. Furthermore, all vgp-bps3 batteries for Sony notebook have the built-in auto-rehabilitation function, which can fully charge and discharge the battery to correct the error message.

    This high-capacity Sony vgp-bps3 battery running time is 4-6 hours or longer(also this will depending on different operation system mode and different notebook computer model),and charging time will need 4-5 hours (also this will depending on different operation system mode and notebook computer model).

    Sony VGP-BPS3 battery Use Guide:

    In order to prolong the Sony vgp-bps3 battery life, please pay close attention to battery maintenance. Rechargeable battery will undergo self-discharging when left unused for a long period of time. Thus, it should always be stored in a 50% charging state and kept in a cool, dry and clean place. To maintain the optimum performance of a battery pack, it is highly recommended to cycle (fully discharging and recharging) it at least once a month. If the laptop runs on adapter, you may take out the battery.

    A new vgp-bps3 battery usually comes in a discharged condition and with a very low capacity. It is generally recommended to discharge the battery first and then charge the battery. New sony vgp-bps3 batteries are hard to be charged. Sometimes, your electronic device may indicate a fully charged condition about 10 to 15 minutes when the new battery pack is being charged for the first time. When this happens, remove the battery pack and let it cool down for about 10 to 15 minutes then repeat the charging procedure. Sometimes, a new battery will suddenly refuse to be charged. If this happens, it is then suggested to remove the battery from the device and reinsert it.