Both Gizmodo and Engadget got it right in their read of a Reuters story from earlier this morning about the impact a March 3 fire at LG Chem is having on the global supply of Li-ion cells used in laptop battery packs. It's affecting the industry supply of lithium ion batteries that manufacturers use in laptops and other devices. Currently, we have increased the price of aftermarket or replacement batteries. Unfortunately, constrained supply can mean higher prices, and we're doing what we can to manage that.
While this is an industry issue, we are working with other global network of suppliers to mitigate the impact this has on our customers.
This seemed like a good time to share some tips on how to save laptop battery life, so I went to our product teams to get their thoughts:
For more details, take a look at this StudioDell video where Tony Salinas, a systems engineer from our product group talks about these tips and more.
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Perhaps now is the time to switch to a new technology. The other technologies cannot be any more expensive than the current prices.
Other great ways to save laptop batteries are to use power newer more efficient technologies like SSDs instead of HDDs and reduce the load on the CPU by using a more efficient and stable OS. Like Ubuntu!