Consumerist breaks out a few rules for giving your battery a few extra cycles and allows it to live until we're ready to retire it to the warm sunny beaches of Florida (well..the local recycling center, hopefully.) Here's what we learned from Consumerist: • Keep the temperatures out of the extreme range by keeping your laptop in a nice normal temperature. Don't leave it out in less than 40 degree weather, and keep it from overheating. This means, keep it off of the couch, or anywhere that doesn't allow air to circulate and keep it cool, that means even your lap for long periods of time. (Consider buying one of these.) • Kill the battery once a month. Letting the battery completely empty and recharging it is supposed to be good for it. Old wives tale or fact? We're still a bit skeptical. • Make sure you use your laptop at least once a month. (Not a problem here.) But good to remember for other battery-powered electronics lying around your house. What's your favorite method of trying to stretch out your batteries life? Thanks Moooster for the photo of the laptop's arch nemesis, the cat chewing its power cord..