You’re Being Lied to About your Laptop Battery

You’re Laptop Battery Won’t Last as Long as Claimed

Lying is never good. And when a manufacturer resorts to lies in order to make their products appear better than what they really are, it’s totally unfair. Maybe some don’t lie; they just exaggerate. But isn’t that what advertising is all about? It shouldn’t be, but it just is.

This ‘misadvertising’ is what gives value to customer feedback. Because when it’s a manufacturer who heaps praises on their product, you can’t help but wonder which among the claims they’re making are actually true. But when it’s customers who speak, it becomes more credible and realistic.

Laptop batteries don't live up to their claims

Another reference that customers can rely on (ideally) are third-party firms who conduct tests and surveys to come up with objective and (hopefully) unbiased feedback about different products and services.

Among the recent third-party tests done that has caught the public’s attention is one done by British testing publication Which? on laptop battery life.


What was the test for?                                       

Simply put, the test was done to check the authenticity of different laptop manufacturers’ advertised battery life claims. The process involved charging the laptops to full power, then draining each laptop three times by doing a combination of tasks like loading websites and watching movies. Which? then compared the actual battery life seen with the manufacturer’s claim.

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What did the tests show?

Sadly, only Apple was being truthful about its claims. In fact, the results showed that Apple understated the MacBook Pro’s battery life. Apple said that their battery lasted an average of 10 hours. Surprisingly, tests showed that the average was slightly higher by 15 minutes. Apparently, a 13-inch MacBook Pro lasted even longer: 12 hours.

As for other laptop manufacturers including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba, tests revealed that their claims were all overstated, and that their batteries lasted less than what they were advertising.

Specifically, the results are as follows:

laptop repair billings mt and IT networkingAcer: Claim is 7 hours and 53 minutes; Actual is 5 hours and 59 minutes

Asus: Claim is 10 hours and 12 minutes; Actual is 6 hours and 53 minutes

Dell: Claim is 9 hours and 15 minutes; Actual is 5 hours and 12 minutes

HP: Claim is 9 hours and 48 minutes; Actual is 5 hours and 2 minutes

Lenovo: Claim is 6 hours and 41 minutes; Actual is 4 hours and 34 minutes

Toshiba: Claim is 7 hours and 58 minutes; Actual is 4 hours and 45 minutes

While the results cannot be relied upon completely because really, battery life will still depend on the user’s overall computer behavior, from the tasks being done, to the laptop’s settings (like the screen brightness which has a big impact on battery life), and even the websites being visited, they cannot be disregarded either. Because it’s hard not to question where the heck the manufacturers got those figures that they use to sell their products.

Manufacturers can’t blatantly lie, of course, because that would open up grounds for potential legal action against them. Maybe they simply did their own tests under the most ideal conditions, and this resulted in unrealistic estimations because laptop users simply behave differently.

In any case, whatever the laptop you’re using is, there are battery-saving tips you can follow to ensure that your laptop lasts as long as possible. And next time you buy a new one, be extra-diligent in doing your research so you don’t get any unpleasant surprises.


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Is your laptop not holding a charge anymore? There are multiple reasons, just bring it by and we can diagnose what’s going on.

As the premier computer repair shop in Billings, we don’t just fix computers! We fix all sorts of technology, and we also offer IT services. For those companies that can’t afford a full blown IT department of their own, we can act as that liaison and fill in. Give us a call at 406-534-2547 to learn more.