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Nokia E71 – Battery Drain

Do you own a Nokia E71?  Has the battery been acting up lately?  Does it barely make it through the day before you need to plug it in?

Nokia E71 Unlocked Cell Phone

My E71 has been going through that.  The battery barely lasts a day.  Changing the battery will result in the same problem.  I toyed with the idea of sending the phone to Nokia for them to take a look.  However, that didn’t quite sit well with me because they’ll always send it back with another issue.

Recently, I went out of the country for 3 weeks and didn’t need my phone.  I just let it sit at home so that the battery could complete discharge.  When I got home, I plugged it in and charged the battery overnight.  Now, the phone will go about 4-5 days, depending on usage, per charge.

Laptop Batteries Dead or Dying

As you may know, I have an older IBM Thinkpad T43.  I love the thing because it’s so reliable.  However, after the years, the battery life on my laptop has been dying.  I started out being able to go 3-4 hours between charges.  Then it went down to 2, then 90 minutes.  It was a sad sad day when my Thinkpad could only operate by being tethered to a wall socket.  Then I invested in a netbook with 6.5 hours of battery life.  It’s nice to be mobile, but to do serious work, I need my ThinkPad.  So I searched for a new battery.  Ideally, I wanted to find an OEM extended battery, but those are rare now.  I went with an aftermarket vareity.

Don’t replace your notebook just because the battery is dead.  Replace the battery.  Like buying anything online, research the store before making a purchase.  I went with Pacific Battery Systems.  They have a wide selection, awesome prices, great customer service, and fast shipping.  For $80, I bought the 9 cell battery for my Thinkpad.  I can last about 9 hours with the wifi on now.