Summer is here! Are your devices ready for the extended break?
Google has recommended some steps for preparing your Chromebooks for their 2 month, summer shut-down:
Tip 1: Battery Life
Do not let the Chromebook battery fully discharge over the summer. Even when a Chromebook is off, its battery continues to slowly lose charge. If left long enough, the batteries might no longer function and can’t be recharged.
At the same time, you shouldn’t keep Chromebooks plugged into a cart or charger while in storage for months. This can reduce battery life and lead to other issues. If you’re storing Chromebooks for a long time, charge them to at least 80% and unplug them from a battery source.
To slow the discharge rate during storage, do not physically remove the battery from the Chromebook for storage. Instead, take the following steps:
Connect the device to a charger and turn it on.
Hold Refresh and Power at the same time.
While holding these keys, remove the power cable from device and then release the keys. The device should shut down and remain off.
Confirm the battery disconnect worked by pressing the power button. The device should not power on, despite having a battery charge. The Chromebook won’t power on by touching the power button or opening the lid, until you plug the device back to a power source.
Tip 2: Device Storage
If you plan to store Chromebooks for an extended period, follow these long-term storage steps:
Do not stack more than 7 devices on top of one another, because the weight of several Chromebooks can damage screens. Place the Chromebooks in a secure location, such as a cabinet or cart where they won’t be accidentally knocked over.
Store your Chromebooks in a cool, dry area. Be sure they avoid direct sunlight. Follow the battery preservation instructions above to ensure battery life is optimal by the end of summer break.
Using these tips, you will prevent reduction of battery life and will keep your Chromebook in a stable, powered-off state while you’re out enjoying the summer sun!