9 Surefire Ways To Extend/Improve Your Laptop’s Battery Life


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Just as you are about applying finishing touches to a design
your clients needs ready in the next 30 minutes, your laptop’s
battery goes bung. With no power outlet in sight, you begin to
wonder if you actually purchased the right notebook or
probably your battery has suddenly gone bad. Most times, it
could be as a result of not optimizing your laptop for an
improved and longer battery life.
There are a bunch of factors that would usually affect the
extent to which your laptops battery can last and working on
these various tips will go a long way in helping you squeeze
out the most juice out of your device’s power house.
Follow the below tested and trusted tips to improving any PC/
MAC notebook’s battery retaining capacity.
1. Dim The Display
High brightness of any screen would usually sap a lot of energy
from a laptop’s battery and as a result would bring about
reduced battery lasting usage ability. The key to improving
your battery life from this perspective is reducing the
brightness of your screen.
Most laptops come with brightness adjustment buttons at the
function keys, but if you do not find those at your F-Keys, you
can go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sounds > Power
options and make necessary screen adjustments there for
2. Disable Background Apps
Most times, you might not notice that there are background
apps running while you work with your PC. These applications
definitely result in a noticeable decrease in your battery life
and disabling them is the all you need to get that stolen power.
You can find the background running processes using your
Task Manager (Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc or Ctrl + Alt + Del
simultaneously to enable) and then disabled the apps.
3. Disable Unnecessary Devices (Bluetooth, Wifi, USB)
It is better to use your inbuilt touchpad and keyboard while
running your laptop from it’s battery rather than use a USB
mouse/keyboard as they would depend on your Laptop’s
battery to operate. You should also disable your Wifi and
Bluetooth radio even if no wireless device is connected to your
PC as they still draw power from your battery.
Also disconnect any dongle attached to your notebook via USB
such as smartphone, using them would definitely shorten your
battery life.
4. Avoid CD/DVD
Yeah, that’s right. The power required to spin your CD ROM
would quickly drain your battery, therefore avoiding playing
CDs with your CD ROM is a wise decision to take when running
your laptop from it’s battery without an AC power connection.
5. Defrag Hard Drive Regularly
Disk Defragmenter is an inbuilt windows software that can help
you defragment your Hard Disk. This should be done from
time to time to help optimize Hard Drives for faster and
efficient usage resulting in less power consumption.
6. Reduce Your Screen Resolution
As I have noticed while using my HP Pavilion DV6 Notebook,
using high screen resolution comes at a higher cost of your
battery than using a low screen resolution. If you won’t be
performing any PC task that needs much of display details, you
should decrease your screen resolution. To reduce screen
resolution in Windows, Right Click on your desktop and select
Screen Resolution.
7. Update Your Softwares
Not in all cases would software updates result in an improved
battery life anyway, but just bear in mind that most software
developers could have applied a patch to their next update
that would result in an improved battery life. It won’t hurt
updating to a software’s latest update, so why stick to older
8. Discard Your HDD for SSD
A hard drive is a hard drive, right? That’s not totally true. The
SSD (Solid State Drive) performs pretty much same function as
the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) but in different ways. The SSD uses
the flash memory model to operate while the HDD requires a
spinning magnetic layer of plates. The spinning in HDD results
in extra power usage unlike SSD where this is not the case.
9. Operate Your Laptop In a Cool Environment
It’s apparent that the hotter your environment, the more your
laptops cooling fan works in order to cool your PC from frying
your motherboard. The fan is also been powered by your
laptops battery and in turn results in more power waste.
Working in a cool environment leaves your cooling fan to little
or no work at all saving the energy that would have been lost
in this effect.
These are tips I’ve really found useful in improving my
Notebooks battery life. Have any tip to share? Use the

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