TIPS TO INCREASE BATTERY LIFE OF YOUR LAPTOP
Most people with a notebook know that at the end of the day, battery life is still the key mobility factor when using a notebook away from a power outlet.
Here are some tips you may be able to do yourself. (But we can definitely assist you with them as needed).
- Keep the air vents clean
A laptop with blocked air vents will generate more heat thus reducing the life of the battery. Get the air vents cleaned at regular intervals 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. The hotter the computer runs, the more the internal fan runs (as it has a temperature sensor around it) using more battery power. A cooling pad underneath the laptop can reduce the heat and promote longer battery life.
- Lower the screen brightness
The LCD screen of a laptop is another huge power sieve. Calibrate the brightness to the lowest level you can tolerate using the Function key buttons or using the Display Settings icon in the Control Panel.
- Unplug external Devices
USB devices can have a big drain on battery power. Unplug all external devices such as an external mouse, external speakers, Bluetooth and even an attached iPod, when not in use.
- Use Advanced Sleep Options
There are 2 suspended modes which can improve the battery life between times of use: Use these to further enhance battery life.
- Sleep/Suspend Mode: This is a low power mode keeping the computer in a newly ready state.
- Hibernation: This is a deep sleep mode that uses less power than sleep/suspend mode. It is useful for when your computer is not going to be used for longer than 20 minutes and shutting it down would interrupt your work.
- Fine Tune Power Options
Get familiar with power management through the ‘Power Options’ icon in the Control Panel. Most versions of Windows come with advanced power management features which can shut off components like the monitor and/or the hard drive after a specified time of inactivity. Earlier versions of Windows listed these as Power Schemes, with Windows 7 these are now listed as Power Plans.
Windows provides the following default plans to help you manage your computer's power:
Here are some tips you may need technical assistance with.
- Balanced. Offers full performance when you need it and saves power during periods of inactivity.
- Power saver. Saves power by reducing system performance. This plan can help mobile PC users get the most from a single battery charge.
- High performance. Maximizes system performance and responsiveness. Mobile PC users may notice that their battery doesn't last as long when using this plan.
Organizing Files with a Defrag
In every operation some files may be put out of order. Using the built in Disk defragmenter can reduce the Hard Disk Drive’s seek time (looking for things) that have been mis-filed, thus improving battery life.
Add in more RAM
Adding more RAM reduces the load on the Hard Disk Drive which can use a lot of power.
Software updates can optimise how efficiently your system operates and use less power.
Keep the screen clean
This will assist with reducing the screen brightness as the battery doesn’t have to send the light through a film of dust. We have special screen cleaning kits available. Many household cleaning products can damage screens.
Turn off Wireless Networking – when not in use
When wireless networking is activated, your system is constantly looking for networks to send to and receive data from. Turning the wireless networking off will save battery power.
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The Excellence IT Team