Not every netbook has great battery life. But Asus, Toshiba, Samsung, Acer, MSI, HP, and other computer makers are regularly putting out machines that can run for 6 hours or longer. Some netbooks can even run for as long as 10 hours on a charge, something that would have seemed impossible on a notebook a few years ago.

There are two ways to get this kind of battery life on a netbook. One is to use low power components like the Intel Atom processor. The other is to cram a high capacity battery into the netbook. While these 6 cell or larger batteries sometimes stick out like a sore thumb (see the HP Mini 1000 or Lenovo Ideapad S10-2 with extended battery options), these batteries can run for about twice as long as the smaller, lighter 3 cell batteries that ship with some netbooks.

As a consumer, it’s nice to have a choice between a lower capacity battery that sits flush with the netbook and provides 2-4 hours of battery life and a potentially ugly battery that will double the run time. But every now and again, a company decides not to bother giving you a choice. Most Asus netbooks ship only with high capacity batteries, for example, although the company generally makes sure they look reasonably attractive. Blogeee points out that Archos is one of the few companies that’s takig the opposite approach, but offering the Archos Mini 10s with only a 3 cell battery. There is no 6 cell option.

I suppose, the company may have decided that sticking with the 3 cell battery helps keep the size and weight down, while allowing Archos to sell the netbook for a lower price. But for power users, a 6 cell option would sure be nice. I imagine if Archos sells enough 10s netbooks, some third party battery maker will probably step up to the plate and create a battery for the laptop.

What do you think? Would you buy a netbook that didn’t come with an extended battery option? Does battery life even matter to you? How much battery life do you expect from your netbook?

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10 replies on “No 6 cell battery option for Archos 10s?”

  1. Im in KSA and I prefer to have longer or higher battery capacity for my ASUS 1201N. Where can I get it?

  2. To answer the question, a 6-8 hour battery with reasonably well integrated design or the availability to get one from a third party supplier is one of my minimal requirements for a netbook.

  3. Here is another question to ponder over. . .
    These batteries often have a life time of only 2 or 3 years. . .
    With a “market lifetime” of these NetBook models being only about 10 months – –
    Where are you going to get a replacement battery 30 months from now?
    – – – –
    Yeah, right, don’t throw away your AC adapter just yet.

    1. Maybe we’d better lay by a spare or two. Surely the shelf life would be much longer than the in-use life, wouldn’t it?

      1. I don’t know if you can refrigerate or freeze them – –
        But I wish I had tossed a few spares in the freezer for my Palm PDA.
        The device out-lasted the manufacturer by a long shot. 😉

        1. My iPAQ battery usually works fine, but discharges for no known reason about once a week. I’d better get a fresh one while I can.

    2. If years ago batteries replacements are rare,later it will be more available and more better performance batteries will come now
      that digital inventions are on going.So we dont need to worry
      about that.

  4. 3rd party batteries are usually for popular products like ones from acer or msi and asus. Im not sure that this netbook is all that popular, but from my experience, 3rd party batteries usually stick out like a sore thumb and it kind of reduces its portability and its aesthetics. 3 cell batt do not last very long on my msi wind u100 (only 2 hrs). Its a bit too short for me and it can get pretty annoying, so a computer w/o a 6 cell would not work for me.

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