Travelling with a laptop can be a great way to stay connected while abroad, but it's important to be aware of the potential risks. Over time, laptop batteries can swell up due to overuse, and this can be a major issue if the battery is bulky. Fortunately, manufacturers such as Dell and Lenovo have been working on smart battery technology that helps to avoid overcharging. When it comes to replacing a laptop battery, there are several factors to consider.
Laptop batteries are typically described as four- or six-cell batteries, which indicates the internal structure of the battery. The accessibility of the battery in modern laptops varies, so it's important to check before attempting to replace it. Additionally, some discarded lithium-ion batteries may still contain a significant charge, so it's important to handle them with care. The EPA recommends that all batteries be managed according to universal waste standards.
If you start to notice signs that the battery is damaged or swollen, it's best to replace it as soon as possible. Older batteries can suddenly lose charge, so you don't want to be stuck abroad without a working battery. Lithium-ion batteries are popular due to their high “energy density”, but they should be recycled in certified battery electronics recyclers rather than thrown in the trash or recycling bin. The size of a swollen battery can range from a small bump to one large enough to turn the laptop into a rocker or even take out the touchpad.
If your laptop allows you to change the battery yourself, make sure you do so if it runs out or runs out. Additionally, keep in mind that North American laptops won't play DVDs from Europe since they are programmed to play only DVDs from Region 1.If you need to replace your laptop battery while abroad, there are several resources available. You can send individual batteries to battery recyclers or specialized retailers who participate in collection services, or contact your local solid waste or household hazardous waste program for more options.