Charging life?

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  1. Ruriko

    Ruriko New Member

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    With the surface pro 2 how many times can I recharge before the battery starts dying?
     
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    Not sure of the number of times but there are apps like Battery Bar Pro that show you the percentage of wear on the battery and what its current capacity is VS the original. My SP2 is currently showing 0.4%. Original capacity was 42002mWh and I have 41847mWh.
     
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    if the battery dies can microsoft replace it for free? or does it cost money?
     
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    If the battery dies within the warranty period, the entire unit will probably be replaced. When the battery dies from regular usage, it will be well beyond the warranty period, so it should be many years before that happens; in which case, you'd probably be getting a new computer/tablet anyway.
     
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    oh so the battery can last a couple years if I'm a heavy user?
     
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    There are ways to do battery maintenance yourself to keep your battery capacity and longevity acceptable. The warranty period is 1 year, and the optional Complete warranty is 2 years.

    There are a couple tips in the article linked here based on the new research that Lithium ion batteries actually have memory effect:
    http://www.surfaceforums.net/forum/...atteries-have-memory-effect-may-3-2013-a.html
     
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    That really depends on how deep you discharge the battery and how long you wait to recharge it.
     
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    There's also an official guideline from Microsoft stating you should ideally let your battery drain down completely once a month to lengthen the life of it.
     
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    If your battery, drive, screen...basically anything on the Surface dies and your out of warranty, it's $400. The tablet can not be repaired so they give you a re-manufactured replacement.
     
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    Ah, there it is: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/hardware-and-drivers/battery-and-power-pro

    At the very end. That's good to know; I knew a full discharge "every so often" is supposed to be good, but had no idea how long that actually was. (The same tip is on the RT page.)
     
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    Do you realize what you just stated? Your claim is the tablet can't be repaired, so for $400 Microsoft will give you a "repired" replacement, isn't that what re-manufactured means?
     
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    No. In this case it means a tablet that had nothing physically wrong but had jacked up software or was returned because a customer didn't like it. They wipe the device and reinstall everything and resell it as "remanufactured".

    Actually, I was wrong about the cost. It's $469.

    http://crashctrl.com/2013/02/surfaceprooutofwarrantyrepaircosts/
     
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