Caring Tips for Your Gadgets

Maintainance Tips

Vent Cleanup or CPU Fan Cleanup
This means you need to check all of the vents on your laptop at least once a month to ensure that they are clear and not blocked. Be sure you do not push anything into the air vents and CPU Fan inside your PC ; the safest way to clean these vents or CPU Fan typically is using a simple can of air that can be purchased at most computer supply stores or from us too.

Checking of fan regularly
If your fan is not working correctly you could experience some huge problems with your laptop overheating, which can cause problems with your LCD/LED, memory or even the Motherboard. To avoid this problem you need to make sure that the fan is working properly.

Avoiding soft spots
This is a problem that is quite common for many people, if you are just sitting around on the couch you might prop your laptop up on a pillow on your lap. This may seem like a great idea but it can cause a huge problem since it can significantly restrict the airflow to fans and vents causing your laptop to heat up significantly.

Keeping lap burn to a minimum
This may seem like a minor detail but when you experience it you will suddenly notice the significance of this. In order to help prevent this and ensure your laptop is getting proper airflow make sure you are using something such as a desk or similar hard surface to hold your laptop anytime you are using it.

Safely storing your laptop
While the great laptop bags that are sold are wonderful for transporting your laptop it is very important that you turn your laptop off before you actually put it into the bag. If you do not power it down you could melt your laptop or potentially catch it on fire.

Drinks beware
If you are thinking about getting a drink it is important to make sure that your drink is as far away from your laptop as possible. Drinks and laptops do not mix well under any circumstances

Avoiding shocks
If you are looking to move your laptop around a bit you should always ensure that it is on a sturdy surface that will protect it from unexpectedly jostling around. If the laptop is well protected you can safely move it around, however if the laptop is not stable you should turn it off before moving it around. Any potentially shock can harm serious Harddrive Damage

Humidity is not your friend
Regardless of the reason for the humidity, you should do your best to protect your laptop from humidity. This can cause damage to the motherboard as well as possible damage to the screen.

Dust is the enemy of your Laptop
You should always make sure that your laptop is kept away from dust; this can clog fans and even vents which will cause your laptop to heat up significantly. To help protect the laptop it is important to look for a way to protect your computer such as keeping it on a table or a desk.

Protect the screen
If you are in the habit of storing papers between the screen of your laptop and the keyboard it is possible to scratch the screen from the paper. This can create an extremely large repair bill that you would be left with. Avoid this as much as possible to ensure that your screen is protected. Learning how to properly care for your laptop is really quick and easy, but will certainly allow your laptop to last much longer. As long as you are willing to take some basic precautions for your laptop, you are going to enjoy a lot of usage.

Battery Tips

Initial charging and discharging
A new battery comes in a discharged condition and must be fully charged and discharged a few times before it can condition to full capacity (refer to the devices manual for charging instructions). The initial charging/discharging is called conditioning of battery.

Regular charging and discharging
Upon initial use (or after a prolonged storage period) the battery may require three to four charge/discharge cycles before achieving maximum capacity.It is normal to get warm when charging or normal use. If it is getting too hot, there may be a problem with the device and qualified personnel should check it.

Initial charging of rechargeable batteries
When charging the battery for the first time the device may indicate that charging is complete after just 10 or 15 minutes. This is a normal phenomenon with rechargeable batteries. Remove the battery from the device, reinsert it and repeat the charging procedure.

Do's and don'ts for battery
1. Do not play computer games, music or DVD movies - Multimedia activities drain laptop batteries.
2. Do not drop or mutilate the battery pack.
3. Do not toss, drop, or otherwise abuse the battery as this may result in the exposure of the cell contents, which are corrosive.
4. Do not Short-circuit the battery, A short-circuit may cause severe damage to the battery.
5. Do not open and expose the cell contents.
6. Do not modify the battery casing and/or housing

Protection from weather
Do not expose to moisture or water. Don't put it in the refrigerator or freezer as this could cause serious damage.
Do not allow the battery to be exposed to rain or excessive moisture.

Screen Tips

Cleaning Laptop Screen
Use a computer buff to clean your laptop screen. Finger prints are also something which are clearly visible on the laptop screen. Avoid touching the laptop screen. Avoid use of paper towels or rough cloths to clean; this might worsen things rather than resolving them.

Laptop Screen Protection Shield
Use laptop screen shields to safeguard the sensitivity of your laptop screen. Laptop protection could not get any better. We know how tough it would be to deal with scratch marks on laptop screen. Avoid using alcoholic cleaners if you are not sure of the amount to be used.

Laptop Physical Damage
Other than cleaning and protecting the laptop, you ought to know that simple poking could also damage the laptop screen. For instance, if you are making a laptop presentation never use pointed objects like pencil or pen to point out something on the laptop screen. If you find it difficult to use the mouse cursor, change the size or shape of the mouse cursor from the Control Panel.

Other Helpful Tips LCD Screens
Keep your notebook or laptop closed when not in use, this will help keep your screen clean.Try to keep small children away from your LCD devices, especially laptops.
Some children may confuse a laptop for an etch-a-sketch like toy and create a masterpiece on your shiny new laptop.
Wipes are good for cleaning LCD on the road or when traveling.
Make sure you cover your mouth when sneezing or couching around any LCD screen.
It is not a good idea to use mineral or tap water because they may leave white spots from the dissolved salts.
You should use a LCD cleaning solution for removing dust from your laptop screen. This will help keep down the dust and lint on your LCD screen.
If you use any LCD screen in a dusty place, you may consider buying a protective covering.

Adapter Tips

Regular checking of adapter
If the power adapter is not working. Check first if the outlet is live before doing serious troubleshooting on the device. In this way, it will save your time and effort as well as avoid unnecessary repair.

Use model specific adapter
Use only the model-specific adapter for the laptop. Don't use it in other gadgets even if the output voltage requirement is the same because the current might be different.

Method of adapter connectivity to laptop
Always put first the DC output plug into the laptop's power jack before putting the input plug on the power outlet. This is the correct method.

Protection from weather
Keep your adapter in a dry place with room temperature. Just like other electronic devices, adapter can get damage cause by high temperature.

Do's and don'ts for adapter
1. Don't leave it connected into the laptop for continuously long periods of time. If the battery is full, gently remove the cord in the laptop's jack port.
2. Don't shake or knock the adapter. Improper handling may break the internal parts and circuit boards.
3. Place the laptop adapter in an area where it will not fall. Keep it in a safe location where it can be hard to reach for children. Also, avoid dropping it to avoid damage.
4. Avoid the metal tip of the adapter from getting in contact with other metal objects because it can cause short-circuiting. Your laptop might get damage when a short-circuited charger is used.
5. Don't place the notebook adapter in a cool place or near the air conditioner to avoid the device from getting moistened.
6. Never pull the cord to detach the plug from the power outlet because the wire might be slashed or loosened

Travel Tips

Carry your Laptop or Pack It Away?
Keep it with you at all times. It goes with you on the flight as carry-on baggage. Do not store it in the overhead storage area; it could get knocked around by someone else. Absolutely do not put your laptop in with your other baggage. Baggage handlers aren't expecting expensive electronics to be in the stored baggage areas and you can't expect it to be treated as a fragile object.

Visual Inspection (Hand checking)
You may be required to remove your laptop from its carrying case and turn it on to demonstrate to Security/Customs that the laptop is exactly that - a functioning computer. A good way to save time if you anticipate this happening is to turn on your laptop earlier and leave it in suspend mode. This is a good reason to ensure that your laptop battery is kept charged. When your laptop is examined in this manner it is often called "hand checking".

Should You X-Ray Your Laptop?
Letting your laptop go through the x-ray equipment will not harm your laptop. The magnetic field which is generated is not enough to cause harm to your hard drive or cause damage to your data. Metal detectors on the other hand, can cause damage and request politely that Security/Customs do not use the metal detector but do a hand check instead.

Carry Proper Documents
It's very important when returning to your country of origin, that you have the correct Customs documentation or original receipts. These show that the laptop and other mobile gear is what you left the country with. The onus is on you to prove that you already own the equipment and did not purchase it while traveling. You will have to pay duty and taxes on items purchased while traveling if you can't provide proof of ownership.

Keep a Low Profile
Don't draw attention to yourself while waiting for your flight or while in-flight. While waiting for your flight and using your laptop, pick an area where you will have some privacy and don't have to worry about someone looking over your shoulder. If it's too crowded, don't use your laptop, and waiting for a time when it's less crowded. If someone is curious about your laptop, be brief but polite and pack it in. They could be looking for a laptop to steal.

Don't Let Your Laptop Out of Sight
If you let your laptop get out of sight even for a few minutes, it could be gone. If you have to use the facilities in an airport, take your laptop bag with you. The only exception is if you are traveling with someone you know and trust, but remind them to not leave your laptop unattended. While going through the Security/Customs screening keep a close view of your laptop if you are required to set it down for any reason.

Fact or Fiction - The Airport Laptop Scam
While there have been no recorded incidents of this type of theft it's still wise to keep this scenario in mind. Two people will get in line ahead of you at the security area. You have placed your laptop on the conveyor belt and it has moved ahead. The first person goes through with no problems but the second has many difficulties. While you and Security/Customs are distracted, the first takes off with your laptop. Always wait until the last moment to put your laptop on the conveyor belt.

Keep a Low Profile
In order to prevent someone from helping themselves to your other mobile gear and documents, keep your laptop bag locked. If you have it sitting on the floor by your feet it is possible for someone to get access to it unless it has been locked. Another reason for keeping your laptop case locked is so that someone is not able to put anything "extra" in your laptop case. An open case could be a tempting location for someone to drop an item into, then later take the case to get the item.