Question about surface dock

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  1. imransaeed

    imransaeed Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hi,
    I am planning to buy surface dock for my SP4. I was just wondering that if keep in plugged with dock for a long time, is that going to affect the battery life in the long run?
     
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    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    imransaeed Pen Pal - Newbie

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    does the SP4 not stop charging when its fully charged by dock? I read somewhere that surface show "plugged in" sign in battery options when it is fully charged. But that doesn't happen with my SP4. But I don't have the dock yet, that may be due to the connected dock?
     
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    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...does the SP4 not stop charging when its fully charged by dock?..>>

    ...The issue isn't just constant charging. It's also keeping the battery at or near 100% change for lengthy periods of time even if it's only periodically charging. I don't use the Surface dock (so I'll let someone else answer your specific questions about that) but I have to use a dock for my work laptop, which spends probably 99% of its time docked. On the occasions when I travel, the battery operating life is only about an hour... or less.

    So I believe that docking can adversely impact your battery life if you leave your computer docked for lengthy periods of time...
     
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  5. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    I'm not so sure. At least on my Surface 3, I haven't noticed much difference in overall battery wear both ways. But I don't take any special precautions to reduce battery wear. If fact, quite the contrary.
     
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    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    I kept my Cintiq Companion attached to a power source at least 90% percent of its life (2 years) and battery level was at something like 96% when I finally sold it.
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    You can mitigate any possible effect by using your SP4 on only on battery when you take it home or other places. I don't know there is really a lasting effect or not from being tied to a charger these days, but in the pre-Li days (or even early Li days) if you never took it off the charger you'd go to use it and it would die in a few hours, if not quicker.
     
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  8. greatg

    greatg Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I wanted to update my surface dock FW. Downloaded the current version of surface dock updater. The update seemed to go well, but every time I re-run the updater, it starts up with the update screen again?
     

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