Optimizing Battery Health in a Remote Workforce

33% of remote workers leave their work notebook plugged into AC power all the time.

This can negatively impact battery health. With the number of remote workers increasing, HP recommends companies use the HP Battery Health Manager to improve battery health and performance in an always-plugged-in environment.

Key factor impacting battery health

High-state of charge

HP and other technology manufacturers have moved to the use of lithium-ion polymer batteries due to their increased energy density, lightweight, small size, and outstanding ability to charge quickly and efficiently. As with all batteries, lithium-ion polymer batteries can degrade overtime, causing a loss in overall battery performance and their ability to maintain a charge. while a measured amount of battery degradation overtime is normal, there are specific factors that can accelerate this process. One of the primary factors that can accelerate notebook battery degeneration is keeping the battery consistently in a high-state of charge over a long period of time – as when a notebook is left charging the battery without ever being removed from AC power and allowed to discharge. A battery considered to be a high state of charge wearing capacity is 90% – 100%.

Remote Workers

A New Challenge

With an increase in the number of workers moving away from the standard office to a remote work environment, notebook systems are often placed in a single location and left plugged into AC power. This new environment can create a challenge for maintaining optimal battery health and performance in those systems used by remote workers.

HP Battery Health Manager

Optimizing battery health

the HP battery health manager is a BIOS-level setting available in most HP commercial notebooks that allows the user to select how the system charges their notebook battery. The BIOS offers three different settings based upon the environment and the needs of the individual user or organization.

  1. Let HP Manage My Battery Charging.  This setting dynamically changes how the system charges the battery based upon usage conditions and temperature over time. It is a worry-free option when notebooks are used in a combination of battery mode and AC Power.
  2. Maximize My Battery Duration. This setting charges the notebook battery to 100% to provide maximum amount of battery life between charges.
  3. Maximize My Battery Health. This setting limits the state of charge on the notebook battery to 80%, which optimizes battery health when a system is continually plugged into AC Power over a period of time.

The right setting for remote workers

In an environment such as the Home Office, where the notebook will be plugged into AC power at all times, HP recommends adjusting the BIOS settings to MAXIMIZE MY BATTERY HEALTH. This will limit the state of charge optimizing health to help minimize battery degradation.

For more information

For those who enjoy diving into the technical, here is the link to the HP Support documentation which details their HP Battery Health Manager.

For those who are technically curious, HP has a 2-minute YouTube video about their HP Battery Health Manager. https://youtu.be/u8e9oWso_BE

As always, if you have any questions, please engage us. HP and other premier technology manufacturers have power management optimization settings available on many of their laptops and notebooks, that can help prolong your notebook battery life.

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