Laptop battery life saving tips

Learn how to increase laptop battery life.

The lifespan of a laptop battery depends on a number of factors and is hard to predict. Laptop batteries are like people, eventually and inevitably, they die. Although your battery will eventually die, proper care can put off the inevitable. Laptop batteries have a limit amount of discharge cycles (generally 200 to 300 cycles) and they will retain less capacity over time. Whether you use a Windows laptop or running a different operating system, here’s how to get the most juice out of your laptop battery life by following just a few simple rules. With luck, it could last until you need to replace that aging notebook

Tips & tricks to extend laptop battery life

Keep the laptop unplugged.

Only charge it when it needs charging. If you’re like most people, you probably keep your laptop plugged in when you’re at work or home. Stop doing that. Keeping the laptop charging all the time actually weakens the laptop battery life. Soon enough, you’ll have to keep it plugged in all the time which is exactly what you’re trying to avoid. Be sure to only charge it when the laptop tells you it needs charging and once your laptop hits 100 percent, unplug it.

Dim the screen

By far the biggest power drain on most laptops is the screen. Simply reducing the screen brightness can save power and add about 25 minutes or more to your battery life. Dim the screen by the keys or buttons on the keyboard to adjust the brightness.

Cut down on programs running

Many laptops are packed full of unnecessary software, often called bloatware. These programs generally load on startup, using up valuable system resources and draining battery power. You can get rid of programs you do not use by using Windows Add Remove Programs feature on control Panel. Also make sure unused programs are closed, not minimised. All these add to the CPU load and cut down laptop battery life. Shut down everything that isn’t crucial when you’re on battery.

Disconnect external devices

Disconnect or shut down external devices such as printers, scanners and external hard drives when not in use. Every USB device attached to your notebook is eating up power just by registering itself with the operating system

Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

If your notebook has Bluetooth, you’re probably not using it much. However, both radios is still sucking amount of power, so it makes sense to turn them off when you’re on battery power.

Hibernate instead of sleep.

In Hibernate mode, your notebook will save its memory to disk and completely power off, rather than just going to sleep.

Change the power settings

By default, your laptop might be set to Windows’ ‘Balanced’ setting rather than Power Saver. Set up and optimize your power options – Go to ‘Power Options’ in your windows control panel and set it up so that power usage is optimized. Hibernating a laptop will actually save your PC’s state as it is, and completely shut itself down.

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