To: Laptop manufacturers

Misleading battery life on consumer laptops

Misleading battery life on consumer laptops

I want them to stop inflating their device battery life claims. It is about time that manufacturers state the possible real life battery usage of their devices. Too many inflated and unrealistic figures are presented to the consumers, but not supported. Many OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) state that their devices can obtain up to, say 10 or 14 hours of battery life usage, but in reality that number is almost unattainable as it depends on so many variables, the latter is not communicated to the buyer at the point of purchase. Therefore devices are sold on false claims. I want the OEM* to be truthful about their device's battery life. Actually they can say a device has a minimum battery of say 4 hours rather than an up to of 10.

Why is this important?

First of all customers are not being misled when making a purchase, secondly, OEMs recognise that inflating specifications to entice the sale of their product against competitors is not acceptable in our informed society and finally no one should be misinformed when they are making a large sum investment. Because some consumers may be spending their savings or taking a credit to make that purchase.