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Summer Care for Your Chromebook

Summer Care for Your Chromebook 

Do not let the Chromebook battery fully discharge over the summer. Even when a Chromebook is off, its battery continues to slowly lose charge. If left long enough, the batteries might no longer function and can’t be recharged. At the same time, you shouldn’t keep Chromebooks plugged into a charger while in storage for months. This can reduce battery life and lead to other issues. 

Prepare Chromebooks for long-term storage

  1. Charge your Chromebooks so that the battery is at least 80% full.
    This ensures that even when the battery discharges while unplugged over the summer, it won’t fully run out of power.
  2. To slow the discharge rate during storage, do not physically remove the battery from the Chromebook for storage. Instead, take the following steps:
    • Connect the device to a charger and turn it on.
    • Hold Refresh and Power at the same time.
    • While holding these keys, remove the power cable from the device and then release the keys. The device should shut down and remain off.
    • Confirm the battery disconnect worked by pressing the power button.
      The device should not power on, despite having a battery charge. The Chromebook won’t power on by touching the power button or opening the lid, until you plug the device back to a power source.

This is the ideal way to store devices. It reduces battery discharge to a minimum, prevents constant charge and discharge from reducing the battery life, and keeps the Chromebook in a stable, powered-off state.

Note: If you can’t put your Chromebook into the battery disconnect state described above, charge the battery to at least 80%. Then, turn off the Chromebook, unplug it from a power source, and store it in a cool, dry place.

Get your Chromebooks ready for school

A week before classes resume, get the Chromebooks ready for use.

  1. Connect the Chromebooks to a charger and a power source.
    This will get them out of the battery disconnect state.
  2. Power up your devices.
  3. Connect your Chromebooks to Wi-Fi and update them to the latest Chrome OS release.
    This can take time, as multiple Chrome OS versions might have been released since the last time the device was updated. 

General Care

    • Do not have any food or drinks near the Chromebook.
    • Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook.
    • Chromebooks do not like when you touch their screen. In fact, they might react negatively by blurring or cracking themselves if you touch their screen too hard with any object. This includes your finger, a pen, a pencil or any other item.
    • Do not place your Chromebook on uneven surfaces where they might be subject to an accidental fall.
    • While the Chromebook cases are sturdy, drops from heights can damage the outside of the Chromebook.
    • Avoid placing or dropping heavy objects on the top of the Chromebook.
    • Chromebooks do not like excessive heat or cold. They should not be exposed to over 100 degrees or under 32 degrees. Do NOT put your Chromebook under a blanket, on the dashboard of your car, etc.
    • Do not block air flow when the device is on. While your Chromebook does not get overly hot as a traditional laptop might, it does need to breathe.
    • Chromebooks have been labeled with the inventory tag. Please do not remove the tag.
    • Always keep your Chromebook in the case provided to you even when not in use.
    • Damage, loss, or theft must be reported immediately.

 

  • You will be responsible for the cost of repairs and replacement as follows:
  • Screen = $65
  • Keyboard = $90
  • Battery = $50
  • Charger = $36
  • Chromebook = $250

 

 

Screen Care

  • The Chromebook screens can be easily damaged! The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.
  • Do not lean or put pressure on the top of the Chromebook when it is closed.
  • Do not store the Chromebook with the screen in the open position.
  • Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.
  • Do not poke the screen with anything that will mark or scratch the screen surface.
  • Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or headphones)

 A/C Power Adapter

  • The port on the power adapter is fragile – insert and remove with care every time.
  • Do not carry your Chromebook around with the power adapter plugged in.
  • When not in use, wrap your Chromebooks power adapter up so the cords don’t become tangled/knotted.

Keeping Your Chromebook Clean

  • Never use any product containing any alcohol, ammonia, or other strong solvent to clean your Chromebook.
  • Do NOT spray or wipe your Chromebook with any windex/household cleaner/water and/or cleaning cloth/wipes.
  • Clean your Chromebook keys and screen with a lightly moistened soft cloth