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Eee PC Battery Test – 7 Hours, 29 Minutes

I was at an all-day seminar last week, sporting my Asus Eee 1000HE netbook. I brought my AC adapter, but I figured it would be a great chance to really test Asus’ claimed 9.5-hour battery.

I started the day at about 8:45am with a fully-charged battery.

When I decided to actually watch the meter, I tweeted that I had 93% left. The battery meter estimated 7:42 hours.

I kept an eye on the battery meter for a while, and I realized the netbook wouldn’t make it all day at full power. At 10:17am, I turned off wifi and bluetooth. I also dimmed my screen to the lowest setting and exited unnecessary programs.

I put the netbook into sleep mode for about 20 minutes while I ate lunch. And I plugged it in for 1 minute, when I got scared that the battery wouldn’t last all day. But I quickly pulled the plug back out and decided to keep the test going.

After lunch, I still had over half my battery left: 53%.

At 2:15pm, I had 2:23 hours left on the meter, 33%.

The conference ended at 4:19pm. At that time, I had 4% left on the meter, an estimated 15 minutes.

To sum it up, the battery lasted 7 hours, 29 minutes (subtracting the 20 minutes in sleep mode at lunch time).

I ran Firefox and Word 2007 all day, but that’s about it. I did power on the wifi during a few breaks to check my email, but it stayed off most of the day.

I don’t think you’ll get 9.5 hours out of this battery, but 7.5 hours is nothing to scoff at. If you can plug in the Eee for a few minutes sometime during the day, I’ll bet you could keep trucking way past 8 hours.

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24 Responses to “Eee PC Battery Test – 7 Hours, 29 Minutes”

  1. ed hardy
    September 26th, 2009

    Thanks. It seems to have solved my problem as well.

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    October 11th, 2009

    Incredible really for that much extra life in a battery. Keep us informed

  3. Andres Berger
    October 12th, 2009

    I purchased one of the earlier Eee PC laptops and the battery seemed to last for about 5 hours. I’m sure they’ve gotten better within those two years.

    I never really tested it though and used it at full capacity most of the time, running notepad, firefox and whatever else I needed at the time. Still a great little laptop for travel though.

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    November 17th, 2009

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  9. Mandy
    November 19th, 2009

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    I have luminous UPS for my PC. Can i check the batter in same way as you suggest.

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  14. Charles in Las Vegas
    November 25th, 2009

    That is pretty good all things considered. You’re right about extending it out a bit, but all in all that’s not bad.

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    If I wanted to take the cmos battery out, how long should should I keep it out to clear my setting?

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  18. When I read your post I got a bit upset- it’s supposed to last for over 9 hours, and it crossed the 7 hours line only by little with much effort.
    But when I really think about it, my PC gets hardly gets to 3 hours, so bravo I guess 🙂

  19. Teresa
    December 7th, 2009

    Thanks for sharing this! I am looking to buy a notebook computer soon, and I’ll definitely factor in battery life when I do.

    7+ hours is definitely nothing to scoff at. With that much time, I can accomplish a lot of work, allowing me to make more even offsite.

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    December 7th, 2009

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  21. Comforpedic
    December 8th, 2009

    That is a pretty impressive battery life, actually. They probably got that 9.5 hours from having the computer on with absolutely nothing else running, but that’s not realistic. Still, 7+ hours is not bad at all.

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    December 11th, 2009

    Thank you for this samall test. I’m currently thinking about buying this laptop.

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