A full four hours of battery on Vista on "balanced"…wow….

So last night I was pretty scathing of the hybrid drive performance on my new Lenovo T61p. 001157MH80_2D_medium.jpgToday's a different story. Just as an experiment I tried running on battery and did my normal day to day activities. I simply pulled the power on it, left in it in the "balanced" power mode and worked. And worked.

I typed emails. I communicated with Jeff over webcam and voice. I received phone calls through it. I read stuff. I browsed the web for blog stuff. I made some Powerpoint slides and prepared for some presentation. You know just day to day stuff.

Almost to the dot - four hours later the fun was over as it slipped into hibernate...

The hybrid drive performed great. Much of the time it spun down the drive and sat there doing not much at all. The HDD light flashed on and off but it was reading from the nvram - not the disk itself. When it needed to it spun up again did its disk activity and spun down. At times it did it a lot. At times not much at all.

To me the proof of the hybrid was in the time. Four hours - without even plugging in the extended battery. Wow. It might not be the fastest but it seemed to help run it longer.

Now I'm curious as to others and whether they have achieved the same on a T61p with a standard 7200RPM...any takers?

Comments (5)

  1. Ah thats cheating! 🙂 Im going to try running for the whole day tomorrow on the internal and ultrabay battery! Wonder how many hours I’ll get??

  2. With the ultra bay battery (the one that slots into the spot where the DVD goes) I actually got 5 hours of normal use out of it!

  3. Jacob says:

    I’m picking up one of the Samsung drives tomorrow. With the aim of getting a bit more life out of the battery.

    Tell me more about the ultrabay battery?? Haven’t heard of these.

  4. Keith Combs says:

    My T61p ran 3 hours in the first test on balanced.  This is my personal machine running x64 Vista Ult, glass turned on, etc.  It mostly runs plugged in and if the itnernet reports are any indication, I am not conditioning the battery properly by doing that.  I’ll run a series of tests on this machine and my Microsoft owned T61p and see what happens.  Not bad for a first test, but if it’s any indication, the hard drive you have is adding about an hour of life to the machine.

  5. Aaron Tiensivu says:

    I’ve done it on my T60 with a Seagate Momentus 7200 HD, but I also cheated. I used the secondary bay battery too. Highly recommended for airplane rides and extended trips when you don’t need the second hard drive or DVD in the bay.

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