The average lifespan of a good laptop is about 5 years. Of course, when we talk about averages, it should be borne in mind that this means that some laptops will be unusable after 2-3 years, while others are very likely to be good for use after 7 years or more.
The general rule is that the average lifespan of a laptop depends on its price and the class in which it falls. Approximately we can make the following division:
Laptops at a price of up to USD 400 – 2-4 years
Laptops priced between USD 400 and USD 750 – 3-5 years
Laptops at a price between USD 750 and USD 1,500 – 4-6 years
Laptops at a price over USD 1,500 – 5 – 7 years
Of course, price is not the only factor that determines the period in which a laptop can be used before it breaks down or needs an upgrade that is not financially viable. But it is a good guide because usually the higher price is associated with more powerful and high-quality hardware.
What is the average lifespan of laptop batteries?
The average lifespan of laptop batteries in the general case is between 18 and 24 months. And, of course, there are many cases of extremes – batteries that require replacement every 6 months and those that have worked flawlessly for 5 years or more.
The general rule is that the battery will lose between 15% and 25% of its capacity per year under normal use. This means that if your laptop has lasted 3 hours with new laptop batteries, it will probably run for about 1 hour between two charges when the battery is 3 years old.
The good news is that batteries are becoming more affordable and there are already many quality brands on the market that offer replacement batteries with good value for money.
What is the average life of a laptop charger?
The lifespan of laptop chargers is very directly related to the way they are used. If you use the computer as a desktop and very rarely move it, then the charger will probably not be damaged for at least 5 years.
However, if you change your workplace often, the chances of your laptop charger stopping running earlier increase significantly. Very often problems with the adapter also come from the power cord or the cable that plugs into the computer itself.
How to extend the life of our laptop batteries?
Even if you are aware that dimming the display or turning off the Wi-Fi connection will extend battery life, you should be aware that there are many other ways you can take care of the laptop batteries.
The operating temperature of your laptop has a big impact on its battery life. Check the manufacturer’s “safe zone” instructions for your laptop, which usually vary depending on whether you store or use it. For OS X users, there is a very useful application that can monitor whether your machine overheats – Temperature Gauge, and Windows users can test at Rainmeter.
It is harmful to your laptop to carry it in the trunk of the car on hot days. Also, avoid working on your laptop in bed or on the beach. It’s a good idea to invest in a cooling pad and keep your laptop on a flat surface, preferably marble, wood, or glass, to prevent it from overheating.
2. Battery drain
To extend the battery life of your laptop, you should avoid leaving it constantly charged. The reason for this is that a full charge of the battery puts it under more stress. It is recommended to perform partial discharges until the level reaches approximately 20-30% and frequent recharges, instead of full depletion and then full recharging.
Complete depletion of the battery should be avoided, as this stress caused to the battery can cause serious damage. It is a good idea to drain the battery completely once or twice a year and then charge it 100%.
A few small changes to your laptop’s settings can help the battery a lot. Reduce the time it takes for the laptop to fall asleep and turn off the screen, lower the screen brightness, turn off unnecessary applications, limit the number of open browser tabs. Mac users can download Battery Health for free to reduce unnecessary battery drain, while Windows users can take advantage of BatteryCare.