Well after taking mine on the road. I soon realized that battery life is not so great. I almost find it appalling because the APU from AMD uses so little power (or so they say). I am surprised that battery life is not better. A external battery option would be a welcomed addition.
I agree - I use the battery bar tool to measure battery life, very precise. I am only getting a little over two hours usable time on the installed 3-cell Li-ION battery and really really want the external.
Acer needs to get on the ball and make these things available!
An update - I filed an issue with support about the battery life. The first guy I talked to said that the wi-fi card is a battery hog, just turn off wi-fi - I told him that was ridiculous, what good is a laptop with no Internet? That's what most users are using it for! So I had them escalate the issue - and the answer is that the battery life is just terrible with the installed battery, and the exterrnal pack which they so helpfully mention in the User Guide that comes with the laptop is not available in the U.S. I have had them keep this issue open, and asked them to use their resources to find this external battery pack for the v5-122p. Other companies (Dell, Toshiba) have had all accessories available for purchase. I'd urge anyone else who wants this to contact Acer support also.
Utterly ridiculous the short life on the battery for this computer. I am used to my Toshiba netbook that had a much longer life of use. I would like to know how this battery is supposed to attach. It would not make sense that one would have to remove the back of the computer to replace it. I saw a picture of one but do not understand how it would attach. I would like to purchase the optional battery if it can be located.
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Member RevoMaxx is quickly moving up the ranks of Acer Community. He joined us in September and is already making a difference. It's great to see new members like him make a difference only after a few months. Thanks RevoMaxx!