Monday, September 28, 2009

How to save and extend your laptops battery life

Laptops are becoming more and more popular. And for most users it is important to consider its battery life. The actual life of laptop battery will vary on your computer usage. Lately, I've noticed that my battery drains faster than usual and I realize I need to recalibrate my battery.

I've made some research and gathered some important tips that might also help you.

1). Check your Laptop Power Settings

Optimize your Power Options. Go to Control Panel then Power Settings and set it up so that power usage can be optimize. Adjust your display brightness and contrast to minimal cause it consume a lot of power.

2). Turn off external devices that are not in use

You can save on power usage by turning off external devices that are not in use such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB, and charging your ipod, mp3s, cell phones. Remove CD or DVD in their drive when not in use.

3). Close or cut down on programs running on your computer

All these running programs cut down your battery life. Do not multi-task like working on MS Office and at the same time playing your mp3's. Concentrate so you can work on faster.

4). Use Hibernate instead of Stanby Mode

Hibernate mode saves more power than Standby mode. It shutsdown your laptop so your battery won't take up much power but it saves your desktop on the last time you use it.

5). Take Care of you Battery

Like any other electronic batteries you need to take care of your battery. Do not over charged it. Drain your battery at least once a month or every 3 months. Clean your batteries metal contact with cloth. Always make sure that your battery doesn't overheat.

6) Work on a cool temperature and well ventilated space

The best way in extending your battery life is to operate on a cool temperature. Avoid putting your laptop on top of pillow cause this will stop the airflow that keeps your laptop cool.

Doing all these simple tips will help us extend our battery life and most importantly it saves us on spending to buy a new one.


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