Learn How to Extend Laptop Battery Life.
The maximum charge capacity of every battery decreases over time and with use. The rate at which this capacity decreases can vary depending on product configuration, product model, operating system, type of software used, power management settings, and other factors. By following just a few simple rules, with luck, it could last until you need to replace that ageing notebook.
18 tips on How to Extend Laptop Battery Life
- Learn to single-task.
- Run simple applications that don’t use much RAM, disk drive, or processing power
- Use the power management settings on your computer that come built in.
- Switch off the wireless card if you do not plan to access your network or Internet connection
- Disable Bluetooth.
- Shut down or hibernate the laptop rather than using standby, if you plan on not using it for a while.
- Turn off unused ports.
- Disabling unused ports and components, such as VGA, Ethernet, PCMCIA, USB, and yes, your wireless
- Reduce the LCD’s brightness level.
- Turn down the screen resolution.
- Turn the volume level down, or mute it, if you do not plan to use it.
- Avoid extreme temperatures.Batteries rely on basic chemistry and will die faster at extreme temperaturesUse a cooling pad when using a notebook computer on your lap
- Avoid propping your laptop on a pillow, blanket, or other soft surface that can heat up.
- Unplug external devices such as a USB mouse or an external drive.
- Avoid using a CD or DVD.
- If you store a copy of data you need on an optical disc, copy it to your laptop hard drive or a thumb drive before traveling.
- Eject external devices such as pen drives, DVDs, hard disks, etc. if not in use.
- Do not charge all of the way. Instead of charging the battery to 100% each time, fix the maximum charge limit to 80-85%
By following just a few simple rules, with luck, it could last until you need to replace that aging notebook.
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