We want you to get the most out of your Infinity and one way to do this is to care for your battery to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Your Infinity battery is a 37W Lithium-ion battery and is built to handle a certain number of charge cycles. A charge cycle equates to one full discharge down to 0% and then a recharge back up to 100%. Over time, each charge cycle decreases your battery’s capacity, meaning that the fewer times you drain it and then charge it, the longer the battery will last.
So if you think about it, the best way to ensure your battery lasts a long time is to fully discharge it before charging it back up again, rather than intermittently charging your Infinity when it's not being used or it's only partially discharged, for example between lessons, during lunch and over the weekend.
To do this, we recommend that you try the following 'best practice' routine in your classroom:
Charge your Infinitys at the start of every day - they only take 90 mins to fully charge. So if you arrive in school at 8:30am, charge your Infinitys when you arrive. This will ensure they are charged up enough by the time classes start.
It's easy to see when the Infinitys are charged: the charging indicator light will be purple while the Infinitys are charging, and they will turn to blue once fully charged:
Allow your Infinitys to be used for the full 6-hour school day without charging them between classes. This will allow their batteries to discharge but not run flat.
Collect your Infinitys at the end of the day and place them in their docking station/overnight storage, ready for charging the next morning.
Do not leave your Infinitys charging over the weekend. Depending on where and how they are stored, the battery packs may get hot and this could lead to reducing their life.
Another way to ensure your battery lasts as long as possible is to drain it fewer times. To do this, help your Infinity run longer on each battery charge. This is done by turning off or reducing all the things that eat up its power.
Here are our top tips for doing this:
Keep your Infinitys cool by only using them on desks and tables, rather than on laps, cushions and carpet - particularly on those hot summer days.
Clean the dust out of your Infinitys. A great time to do this is during the first or last day of term. Give your students a toothbrush and get them to brush the keys, ports and air vents. You can then give the laptops a quick all-over wipe with a microfibre cloth dabbed in a bit of rubbing alcohol to clean and sanitise them before their next use.
Use your power wisely. Try to ensure that there are as fewer apps running as possible at any given time. You can also enable battery saver mode to block background apps and syncing apps from draining power. To help you through these practices, here's a Microsoft article all about Windows 10 battery saving.
We hope that this article has guided you on how to look after your Infinity's battery and how to ensure it lasts a really long time. One of our goals is to help reduce landfill and keeping laptops working longer helps to keep them in the classroom and not in the bin.
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