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Old 2013-05-17, 21:42   Link #1
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Wanting to buy an external battery pack...

So I am planning to go to China and want to use my laptop for a longer time than it can survive on its own.
I want to buy an external battery pack to keep it alive. I believe the plane I will be riding does not have an outlet, so that way of charging is out.

I found two types of Energizer, xp18000 and xp8000. What is the difference? Does the xp18000 store more = gives more hours to my laptop?
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Old 2013-05-17, 21:49   Link #2
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http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/il/products/xp18000/
http://www.energizerpowerpacks.com/il/products/xp8000/

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I found two types of Energizer, xp18000 and xp8000. What is the difference? Does the xp18000 store more = gives more hours to my laptop?
It does is what it says.
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Old 2013-05-17, 21:53   Link #3
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Ah~...
Ah... *facepalm @me*
Sorry about that. The XP18000 page popped up when I Googled but I never searched "XP8000" but only for the difference between the two, so the official website never popped up on top and I forgot about looking for the information there.

But anyways, thanks.
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Old 2013-05-17, 22:55   Link #4
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if you want the hard numbers, look at the mAh (milli-Ampere-hours) rating
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Old 2013-05-18, 09:12   Link #5
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Another option is to get a higher-capacity battery for your laptop, if your computer's maker supplies one for your model. I had a Toshiba laptop that had a high-capacity battery available; the regular battery lasted around 3.5 hours, but the high-capacity battery put me somewhere between 8-9 hours. The downside to the high-capacity battery was that it altered the form factor, as it had a small cylinder that stuck out of the back of the computer. It was fairly easy to swap out batteries on that laptop, too. When the low-capacity battery began to run low I would hibernate the system, swap the batteries, and then boot back up. It was a quick process, and the battery itself cost somewhere between $80-90 USD.

The downside to going with a battery like that is flexibility. A high-capacity battery will probably only work with one or a small number of models, but the Energizer can be used with virtually any computer (and other electronic devices). You'll pay more for that though, and you'll need to remember to set your computer to a low-power/mobile setting if actively using it while plugged in to the Energizer, as it won't detect that it's actually running off of battery power (not that it would be a huge issue).
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Old 2013-05-18, 14:38   Link #6
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Another option is to get a higher-capacity battery for your laptop, if your computer's maker supplies one for your model. I had a Toshiba laptop that had a high-capacity battery available; the regular battery lasted around 3.5 hours, but the high-capacity battery put me somewhere between 8-9 hours. The downside to the high-capacity battery was that it altered the form factor, as it had a small cylinder that stuck out of the back of the computer. It was fairly easy to swap out batteries on that laptop, too. When the low-capacity battery began to run low I would hibernate the system, swap the batteries, and then boot back up. It was a quick process, and the battery itself cost somewhere between $80-90 USD.

The downside to going with a battery like that is flexibility. A high-capacity battery will probably only work with one or a small number of models, but the Energizer can be used with virtually any computer (and other electronic devices). You'll pay more for that though, and you'll need to remember to set your computer to a low-power/mobile setting if actively using it while plugged in to the Energizer, as it won't detect that it's actually running off of battery power (not that it would be a huge issue).
Yeah, I decided to get the 18000 energizer pack. While it is a bit costly, I think it will be a worthy investment for the future, if I need to charge other devices as well on the go.
Assuming it works with my laptop (won't know until it is delivered...)
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