Is it bad to leave your laptop plugged in all the time?Laptops. The portable incarnations of full size desktops we have known and loved to work with over the last decade. With the advent of the 21st century, laptops have been the lifeblood of the IT sector. Added portability and wireless capabilities, these marvels of the tech industry have definitely revolutionized the IT sector. Surely then, laptop maintenance will be a profound disconcerting concern among all of us who owns one. Laptop Batteries and their Common Concerns:When it comes to laptop muddles, the batteries are the number one cause of agitation among us simply because they are the first things that will need replacing even if the laptop has been maintained satisfactorily. This is so because every battery ever made will eventually be exhausted from use. The more you charge and discharge it, the sooner the battery will fail to hold anymore charge. Typical laptop batteries come in two types: lithium-ion and lithium-polymer. Although they are technologically different, they broadly function in the same way with charge being generated with the movement of electrons. These can be fully charged and discharged for about 300-500 times before they show any signs of stress of overuse. However, the following two things are also true for any batteries inside laptops which are charged by the AC adapter: 1. A laptop’s battery can never technically be ‘overcharged’. There are numerous fail safe systems built into your laptop that cease the charging process once the system knows the batteries are at 100%. 2. Fully discharging a battery and leaving it over time will damage it. Batteries can be permanently damaged if left without charge for weeks along. This is so because without any charge, the chemical composition of the battery will be susceptible to change if kept in the discharged state for too long and it can render the chemical process irreversible. This doesn’t mean you should leave it on 100% as storing them in this state is also not ideal. It will take months together to cause catastrophic damage to it but nevertheless, if you plan on not using your laptop for a month or two and would like to absolutely maximize your potential for a long battery life, it is highly recommended to charge it to about 50% and remove it and store it someplace safe, cool and dry.So can we leave laptops charging indefinitely?Perhaps with all this being said, is it okay to conclude by saying it’s okay to leave your batteries charged for all eternity? Well, not quite so. Here’s why:Batteries may not be affected by the common ‘overcharge’ belief people think they are, but they definitely are sensitive to the heat generated. Elevated temperatures, in excess of over 50 degrees Celsius will certainly shorten the lifespan of the battery irrespective of all the other factors. Various components in a laptop will give out heat and leaving your laptop powered on for long amounts of time will certainly cause more trouble than you think. Although they may not be immediately apparent, various studies conducted has shown that a typical laptop battery used for about 10 hours in its maximum capacity with the charger connected decreased the charge cycles it could withstand by almost half. This is why industries often express concern with keeping their batteries connected for long. Advancements in Heat Dissipation Technologies may change the situation:However with the advent of technology, tech has minimized the problems of heat and heat dissipation. Also, newer laptops also under clock the processor and take various measures if they are running a tad too warm. So this has changed the situation a bit. Apple used to mention not to leave batteries in their Macbooks plugged in for a long time but currently, their website don’t say it anymore. Dell doesn’t have a problem with leaving their batteries for charge indefinitely but HP advises against leaving them plugged in for more than two weeks. Different tech companies have different opinions, some say their batteries will never be affected when kept for charge for a long time while others advise against it.So the bottom line:Is it okay to leave your laptop charged for a long time? Possibly so. If you’re absolutely concerned with causing no damage and extending your battery life to it’s maximum, you can remove the battery and leave the laptop connected in order to keep it away from the heat. Do note that your laptop battery will decrease its effectiveness over time no matter what you do, saving them from the heat will only increase the time left before they die out.How Do I make my Laptop Last Longer:With more and more desktops being replaced by their portable counterparts, this question pops up more than you think. With that being said, how can you increase the longevity of these machines? Lets find out:Laptops vs Desktops:The age old question can be answered with one’s requirement in mind. Do you need more bang for your buck in terms of price for performance or do you need the portability. Whatever may be, there’s one thing desktops are known for. Their reliability. Laptops have intricate electronics desktops comprise of but in a form factor much smaller. Surely, this is bound to be more susceptible to errors and problems then. Desktops typically have a lifespan of about twice that of laptops and wins the reliability test. But what do you do when you can’t do without the the portability?