People use laptops for a lot of reasons, ranging from its portability to its reliability. One major reason why many people use a laptop, though, is because of the backup it provides. With most laptops you can enjoy as much as a 2 hour backup if your laptop is properly charged, and there are even laptops that can last up to 10 hours. One thing that surprises me, though, is when I see a laptop that used to last 3 hours only lasting 30 minutes, and when I see a laptop that used to last 2 hours only lasting 5 minutes. In this article, I will be listing some things you can do to boost your laptop battery life.
Avoid Using Too Many Applications Simultaneously
The first step you should take to ensure your laptop battery lasts longer is to avoid using too many applications simultaneously. By this, I mean, don’t multitask your laptop. If you want to use the internet make sure you use the internet only, and if you want to play games make sure you play games only. Don’t run 10-20 different applications on your laptop at the same time as they can use a large percentage of your system resources, and as a result affect your laptop battery life thereby leading to it not working effectively.
- Disable Autorun background processes: You may have some autorun processes running on your machine. For example, you may be unaware of the fact that your Antivirus is turned on as soon your machine boots. Or the pen drive contents open as soon it is plugged in your USB Port. This consumes your battery. Be sure enough to turn off all these spontaneous autorun process in your machine temporarily. Turn these on only when you require it.
- Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: It may happen your work on your machine does not require any internet. Sometimes you may be busy composing your draft, or busy preparing your office presentations for the next day. This certainly needs no usage of web access, neither it needs connection to any other computer in your local network. Still, carelessly your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth device may remain switched on. Instantly disable the Wi-Fi or the bluetooth devices. Nowadays, most notebooks come up with a shortcut key for disabling all this.
Reduce Your Laptop Brightness to a Comfortable, but Battery Saving Stage
You can also boost your laptop battery life by reducing your laptop’s brightness. The brighter your laptop is the more of your battery it uses to satisfy its brightness, and the more impact your usage has on your battery. You can significantly reduce the chances of your laptop battery experiencing any problems by adjusting its brightness, or by choosing one of the power-saver plans that comes with your laptop.
- Dim the LCD brightness of your display: This serves as one of the most useful methods to extend the precious life of your battery. Mellow down the brightness level of your notebook to the lowest value possible. Configure it in the power options menu. Simultaneously, remember to turn down the color depth (intensity) along with screen resolution. These options indirectly involve with the battery life. Mellowing all these down surely adds a remarkable improvement to increase your laptop or tablet performance.
Perform Hard disk Defragmentation on Regular Interval:
Sounds strange! But yet it is. What defragmenting originally does? It just sequentially arranges all parts of a file together, so that less effort is spent in watching or searching a file. This surely adds a small amount of privilege to your battery life to make it last longer.
Don’t Run Applications not Compatible with Your Laptop
Another step you should take towards ensuring your laptop battery lasts longer is to ensure you don’t run applications that are not compatible with it. If you really want to use an application with your laptop and your laptop is too small for it, make sure you upgrade the right aspects of your laptop to ensure you are able to use it.
Make Sure your Laptop Doesn’t Keep Running when you Aren’t Using it
The final step you should take towards saving your laptop battery is to ensure your laptop isn’t running when you are not using it. A lot of us make the mistake of letting our computer run when we are not using it, and this can have a lasting impact on a computer. I’m not telling you to shut down your laptop completely, because I know there are situations when you want to take a short break on a particular task, but you can easily configure your laptop to go to sleep mode when you don’t touch it for a particular period of time (say, 20 minutes). By doing this, you will be able to save your laptop battery life without your work being affected.
- Using Standby or Hibernation mode: In case of a short time you are away from your notebook for a small work, don’t shut it down. Use the Standby mode. All your currently running applications are stored in RAM. When you come back from work, your applications are restored once again and you can continue your operations. Coming out of your standby mode quickly adds a extra privilege to your performance life of notebook battery. When you are away from your work for a longer amount of time, use the Hibernate option. This mode shuts down your notebook but saves all you currently running applications in the hard disk. When you open your machine, it is restored to the exact similar condition when you hibernated it.
Some Small but Useful Tips
1. Never expose your battery to extremes of temperatures, high heating or freezing mercury levels.
2. Remember to remove your battery from notebook when not using it for a month or longer periods of time.
3. If you use a Nickel-metal-hydride battery, remember to completely drain its charge and recharge it once a month to optimize its capacity and span.
4. Fully charge brand new battery packs before use.
5. Always plug in your laptop charger into a UPS and never directly to a incoming power port. This ensures safety and increases life span.
The above precautions and help tips, if maintained, can increase your battery performance to a higher level. Be it power failure or traveling without an A.C. source, your battery is always on the run to provide you with optimum satisfaction levels.
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