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Is it alright to ALWAYS use sleep mode instead of shutting down?

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I have a vista laptop
i find vista and it's superior sleep mode very convenient.. but is there a downside to using sleep mode all the time?
 

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Uses more power than when its off. All I can think of.
 

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Uses more power than when its off. All I can think of.
Thats about it... mmm I do recall reading in a forum about this guy's laptop "woke up'' in his bag and the thing almost started a fire:laugh:
 
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I do it all the time... It can damage your battery by making it discharge a little and then you plug it in when it is not fully discharged... My laptop's battery time is now only 1 hour because of this and only after 3 years
 

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I don't really think there is anything wrong with always using sleep. However, I've found that my laptop likes to be shutdown and restarted about once a week, if I just use sleep for too long it tends to start to run slower than normal.

As for power usage, when my laptop is asleep it doesn't even register as drawing power using my power usage meter, meaning it is drawing less than 1w of power. Shutting it down might use less, but the different would be next to nothing. I don't think it would make a difference in battery life.

I do it all the time... It can damage your battery by making it discharge a little and then you plug it in when it is not fully discharged... My laptop's battery time is now only 1 hour because of this and only after 3 years
Modern Lithium-Ion laptop batteries do not suffer from this problem. However, they do have shelf lives which are pretty independent of useage.
 
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oh okay
so it's fine for me to keep doing it :D
 
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actually it can but its kinda rare, one time I left my laptop on sleep for a while, like 2 days and came back to, I don't know how but the voltage backed into the circuitry from the battery and the laptop would not turn on, it just made a ticking sound, I had to let all the power deplete from it to get it to turn back on and that took hours without the battery in.

but this rarely happens, I still do it lol