So, let’s just say that you have purchased a laptop of your choice. What now? You head home, and your new baby looks gorgeous, brand new and you cannot wait to turn it on and test it out for the first time. And because you have made a palpable investment to purchase it, thinking of how to maximize laptop battery life in the long run is definitely one of the options you will definitely ponder about.
The dreaded decline of battery life is unavoidable as time goes by, but we are definitely able to do something to slow down the decline! Mentioned below are 5 tips to care for your battery:
1) CHOOSE/CUSTOMIZE A POWER PLAN
Most laptops nowadays will come with a power plan for your usages. To put on layman’s term, a power plan is basically an assembly of your hardware and system settings (such as display brightness, sleeps, display etc.) that governs how your laptop uses power.
From your control panel, you are able to choose what your laptop’s power button does, what closing your laptop’s lid does, choosing when to off your screen’s display and also choosing when does your laptop go to sleep. You are also able to adjust your screen’s brightness from here.
Subsequently, if you want to create your own power plan for your laptop, there are 3 types to it (balanced, power saver and high performance):
Balanced – This is usually the recommended setting for your laptop. The mechanism behind it is it automatically balances your laptop’s system performance with energy consumption on its hardware.
Power Saver – This is the second available setting for your laptop. The name alone suggests that your laptop will kick in to sleep mode more quickly than the balanced setting if you are idle for several minutes. What it does is it helps your laptop to save and conserve energy by minimizing your laptop’s system performance whenever possible.
High Performance – This is the third available setting for your laptop. As the name suggests, it will probably advocate performance but at the same time, there is a huge possibility that your laptop may use up more energy as time goes by.
In all the three above mentioned settings, you are able to choose when to turn off your display, when to put your laptop to sleep regardless whether if you are just on battery or your laptop is being plugged in. You can also adjust your laptop’s brightness display on all three to your liking. Lest you are unaware, screen brightness is one of the most power-hungry parts of the laptop.
It takes consequential amount of battery power to enable your screen display to keep looking bright and crystal clear. Personally, I would just keep my brightness to 50% maximum and it is just nice for me to do my work even in dark rooms.
2) MANAGE APPS THAT USES LOTS OF POWER
Simply put, people tend to open a number of apps and processes running sequentially on their laptops. I am also guilty as charged sometimes. Unfortunately, numerous apps and processes running sequentially on your laptop’s system will eat through your laptop’s battery life very quickly.
Indeed, turning off idle apps and other features can go a long way to assist in prolonging your laptop’s battery life. Most of the time, we are probably not actively using every app or features that is currently running on our laptops. But thankfully for the current Windows 10, we are able to get the most out of our laptop’s batteries by managing which apps are alright to run in the background and.
Optimizing your background apps – Press Start –> Go to Settings –> Battery –> Battery usage by app
From here, you will be able to find out which background apps consume the most power relatively. This will allow you to determine yourself which app you care about the most and which app you care about the least. You have a choice then to close the apps which you are about the least. Alternatively, there is also a checkbox which you can tick to allow Windows to decide when the apps can run in the background.
Turning off your location – Press Start –> Go to Settings –> Notifications & Actions –> Add or remove quick actions –> Location
Turning off your location is a great help to minimizing power consumption as location background data sending and receiving and such are restricted once you turn off the location service. Wireless features such as this are continually checking for signals when we are out and about, which comes from our laptop’s batteries. Use only when required to.
Turning off your Bluetooth – Press Start –> Go to Settings –> Notifications & Actions –> Add or remove quick actions –> Bluetooth
Subsequently, turning off your Bluetooth also helps in minimizing power consumption when not needed to use these wireless features. Wireless features such as this are continually checking for signals when we are out and about, which comes from our laptop’s batteries. Likewise, for location service, use only when required to.
3) TURN ON AIRPLANE MODE
One of the biggest culprit of battery suckers is the wireless networking capabilities put together into your laptops. Wireless networking capabilities such as Wi-Fi for example, consumes significant amount of battery by invariably drawing power from it.
Subsequently, when not connected, Wi-Fi will be searching for available networks behind your back and thus, the draining of battery. If you are using your laptop away from Wi-Fi available places, then it is recommended for you to turn the Wi-Fi device off.
Laptops nowadays are built with a manual function button for the user to turn it off.
4) DO NOT LEAVE YOUR LAPTOP ON PERMANENT CHARGE
It cannot be helped that all batteries in the world will wear down over time and losing its capacity eventually. Leaving your laptop on permanent plug-in charge might degrade your battery in the long run. On the other hand, allowing your laptop battery to run down to fully flat every single time you use it is also a bummer for the battery. The more charge cycles you put your laptop battery through, the more it will degrade.
On top of that, exposing your laptop battery to high temperature environment will also degrade it more quickly. So, if your laptop has a battery that can be removed, it is wise to remove it from the laptop if you are planning on leaving your laptop plugged in for good. This will ensure that your laptop battery is not going to be exposed to heat, thus delaying its eventual degradation.
Subsequently, lithium-ion batteries cannot be overcharged and they also do not need to complete discharge either. Generally speaking, the best thing you can do for your laptop’s lithium-ion battery is to refrain from letting it run down to fully flat. Plug the charger in and charge the battery when you can, and then rinse and repeat.
5) EJECT/REMOVE NOT-IN-USE PERIPHERALS
Leaving a disc spinning inside your laptop’s DVD drive can result in huge wastage of battery. Not only disc, but other USB supported accessories (such as thumb drives, hard disks, wireless mouse or even web cams etc), are capable of wasting power as well too.
Laptops nowadays do not come with disc drives installed onto them but if your laptop does, it is best to simply disconnect or eject them off when not in use.
SOFTWARE AND BATTERIES
Above mentioned are some strategies you can try to make the most out of the laptop battery you have. Another thing you can do is to keep a look-out about your software, which is keeping them updated as much as possible.
Presently, technology companies out there are constantly striving hard to improve the way their programs make use of your laptop’s battery power via software updates. The same operating system on the latest patch of software update could actually consume significantly lesser battery power as compared to their previous version of programs.
Alternatively, you can also purchase an external power pack for your laptop. Technically speaking, it is a battery and these external power sources are plugged in to your laptop exactly the similar way your laptop charger does.