The most common reason for using a laptop is its portability and battery
life which can annoyingly lose life especially when it is needed the most.
Though laptop batteries tend to lose life over a period of time and you can
extend this by taking care of them as lovingly as you would a pet. Some
easy thoughtful methods to extend battery life of your laptop can help you
to send that important email before it is over. The techniques explained
here can help stretch battery life when it is about to switch off and
others are preventive methods for reducing battery drainage. By mixing
these short and long term strategies you can perform more tasks and extract
maximum juice out of laptop batteries.
When your laptop is in this profile it will make automatic changes to
lengthen the battery life and shift components to low power modes. It will
also ask you to shut down applications and processes that you are not using
to reduce power consumption. It will only retain the activity you are using
continuously and adjust others to less power. Applications like music and
desktop cleaning can cut down battery life so these are also shut down.
If you are not using any attached devices like USB ports, WiFi and
peripherals like Bluetooth radios, optical drive and external drive then
disable them as these consume power even if they are just plugged into your
laptop. If you have any port attached with extension cord that is not being
used or an unused port you can shut down both of them through Device
Manager which will reduce power drain. When battery is low avoid plugging
in devices like iPod to download or upload music and videos.
You can keep battery consumption low even while using laptop continuously
by making adjustments to the setting like shutting down backlight on
keyboard and dimming the light on its screen . Maintain reasonable room
temperature and ensure that your laptop’s airvents are not blocked which
causes your computer to overheat and sucks up the battery. Ideally laptops
should be placed on a small table or desk after shut down so they cool off
quickly. Unless you are watching a movie or playing games keep the display
to fifty percent which reduces battery usage.
Even if you are likely to leave your laptop unused for a few days or weeks
ensure that there is some juice left in it before you shut it down for a
long period of time. While storing a laptop with fully charged batteries
can reduce its lifespan, completely discharged batteries can ruin its life.
The best thing to do under these circumstances is to store the laptop in a
cool place with around fifty percent battery charge.
By eliminating unnecessary applications and using smart functions like auto
save to automatically save work being done on word and excel applications,
you can stretch the last few minutes of your laptop battery life as well.