Can I keep my laptop turned off for a year?

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ruthanrodeo

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I'm going to be traveling for the next year, and I'm not taking my laptop with me. I have a Dell Inspiron from August 2006, and someone told me that the internal battery would "die" if I keep the machine turned off for a year. Is someone able to confirm or deny this? Ideally, I would like to be able to use it when I return. I also have a friend who could turn it on for me regularly while I'm gone to keep it working, if that would be good. But if that's an option, I'm wondering how often it should be turned on. Can anyone help with this? I would really appreciate any advice! Thanks a lot!
 

Tekkaraiden

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I would recommend removing the battery if you're not going to be using it for a year. You will need to charge the battery completely when you go to use it again.
 

Tedster

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I don't recommend keeping a computer in storage that long, but if you have to, you're going to have to replace the battery anyway.
 
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