So, this morning I discovered that my laptop battery not only wasn't holding a charge, but lost power quickly, going from 53 percent to 40 percent in only a few minutes. Yikes.
An involved web search - on the desktop computer after I shut the laptop down - gave me the information that:
- the battery needs to be replaced
- laptop batteries tend to last about a year (mine is two years old)
- a new battery will be between $104 to $150, depending on whether I get a six-cell or 12-cell battery
- the 12-cell battery got bad reviews, including the fact that it sticks out from the profile of the laptop and makes the laptop go at an angle
- you can run a laptop with the battery out using just the adapter
So I'm using the laptop with the adapter, no battery. I'm not sure when I'll order a new battery. I'm going to check at the local Office Max first. I might get it through Office Depot, because I have a $30 gift card to use. And it probably will be a six-cell so I don't have to worry about the extra weight and size of the battery.
And I realize that isn't much of a down, except I have a great use for my laptop and can't afford to have it out of commission. I don't have the $100+ in my budget for a new battery right now. And with my tendency to group bad things in my mind, I can't help but wonder what's next?