Best way to discharge laptop battery in Linux

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So I was told by a friend a couple of days that I should fully discharge my laptop battery (after the first full charge). What's the best way to do that on Linux? Thanks so much.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Why did you want to drain laptop's battery this is not clear. Try this one. Turn on all the connections like WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM etc. Next turn screen to full brightness. If possible, run laptop's camera or a movie. This will drain battery quick.
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  • TheRealRaven
    ...And since it's probably not a good idea to fully drain your laptop's battery, take some time to research your battery's characteristics first. It's likely that the type is Li-on.

    It can be a good practice to fully discharge a device's Li-on battery once every 30 recharge cycles or so. That can depend on the specific battery design and how it communicates with the battery power metering on the device. Over time and many charge cycles, power metering can need recalibration which may happen after a 'deep' discharge.

    But other than that, a Li-on battery should last longer with shallower discharges and more frequent recharges. There's nothing significant in a basic Li-on battery that benefits from being fully discharged.
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