20 Tips to Improve your Laptop Battery Life


Improve Laptop BatteryLaptops have an advantage over smaller electronics when it comes to the battery. They have more room to put a power source in a laptop than phones or portable media players.

But as applications become increasingly demanding and your work requires more and more mobility, it’s very possible that your laptop battery still isn’t up to your expectation. Try the following ediaro.com Hints & Tips to improve battery time on your Laptop, so that you can stay mobile and flexible for longer:

  • Reduce your Screen Brightness. Your laptop screen eats up power relentlessly. If you use your laptop in a well lit area or outdoors on a sunny day, try setting it at two or three bars. You can dim the brightness of your screen using the function keys on your notebook to greatly reduce battery consumption.
  • Turn the volume level down, or mute it, if you do not plan to use it.
  • Keep your laptop battery cool. Battery power saps more quickly when the battery is hot. Keep vents clear and don’t put your laptop on a pillow or other surface that will cover vents and trap heat.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Batteries rely on basic chemistry and will die faster at extreme temperatures. Try to charge and use the battery at room temperatures.
  • Don’t keep your laptop plugged in. If you rarely unplug your laptop, you’re leaving it in a state of perpetual charge at 100 percent. That’s bad for the battery’s long-term health. Unplug it on occasion and let the battery drain.
  • Put your computer to sleep when not in use. If you’re taking a break, let your computer take one as well.
  • Shut down or hibernate the laptop rather than using standby. If you plan on not using it for a while. Standby continues to drain energy to keep your laptop ready to go when you open the cover.
  • Remove the battery if you’re working at your desk for a while. When you remove it, don’t store it fully charged. Aim for the middle: between 40 and 50 percent.
  • Buy an extra battery. Keep a spare battery on hand in case you can’t get to a power outlet.
  • Close nonessential programs. The more your computer does, the more battery power it requires. Close any programs or background applications you’re not using.
  • Avoid using a CD or DVD. If you store a copy of data you need on an optical disc, copy it to your laptop’s hard drive or a flash drive before traveling. Optical drives consume large amounts of power to spin up CDs and DVDs. Try to avoid applications that keep your hard drive or optical drive spinning. Need to play music? Try to use your Mobile phone or MP3 player, rather than playing songs on your computer while on battery. Playing songs on your computer will keep the hard drive working which uses energy. Turn off the auto save feature on MS Word or Excel. In addition, eject the external devices like pen drive, DVD, Hard Disk etc. if not in use constant saving will keep your hard drive turning and using energy.
  • Disable wifi. Obviously there are times that having wireless internet is required, but for your next presentation or writing marathon, save your battery (and your focus) by turning it off.
  • Turn off Bluetooth. Turn off your laptop’s Bluetooth when you’re not connected to a phone or other peripheral – to avoid draining your laptop’s battery.
  • Disable screen savers. Complex moving images are tough on your battery. Don’t opt in for them.
  • Change power options. Macs and PCs have built-in functions to help you maximize battery life and efficiency. You can set the computer to effectively balance features like auto-sleep and screen brightness to make sure you’re productive at your laptop all day without worrying about the battery.
  • Use a cooling pad when using a notebook computer on your lap. But if it’s a USB pad then don’t use it as it will most likely use up more battery rather than to conserve it.
  • Learn to single-task. PC memory that is in-use takes more power to hold data. Also, using more memory might mean using more swap or virtual memory space on your laptop’s hard drive. All of this puts an additional drain on your laptop’s battery. Instead of leaving multiple applications and windows open, use only what you need at any given time. If your laptop has plenty of memory, then keep multiple applications open to avoid loading repeatedly from the hard drive. Close all the applications that run in the background on your computer like your PDA syncing software or USB hard drive backup software.
  • Keep it clean. A laptop with blocked air vents will generate more heat thus reducing the life of the battery. Clean the air vents regularly to keep operating temperatures low. Allow for open space around the vents for air to circulate freely. Keep the area around the laptop clean to avoid entry of dust.
  • Try a third-party power management tool. Such as TuneUp Utility

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