How to Extend Your Laptop Battery’s Life

battery-lifeThough recent times have witnessed some real good advancement in technology, there are still problems with developing new and longer-lasting batteries. New gadgets easily run out of power after only a few hours of use. Remember that batteries will start wearing down and lose their full capacity after its first use.

Written below are some ways to preserve and extend your laptop’s battery life. This way, you won’t be running to the electrical outlet every hour or so.

Tune Up and Clean Up

Do a tune-up or cleanup of your computer drive regularly. Run a defragmentation on the hard drive to maximize the disk space and clear up unnecessary file storages. The faster and better your hard disk works, the less demanding it will be on the operations and the battery. Schedule a regular disk cleanup, maintenance, and anti-virus scan to make your hard drive as efficient as possible.

Dim the Lights

One of the major consumers of battery juice is the laptop screen. Play around with your screen’s brightness settings to know how to dim or increase brightness. Some laptops even allow modifying CPU performance and battery settings to adjust for screen brightness and battery usage.

Set the options to the lowest possible level that you can still manage to work with. This minimizes battery usage and saves battery juice. If you’re using your computer in your room during the night, you can turn off the light in your room and set the laptop’s brightness to the lowest setting. This also cuts down on the heat produced when using the computer.

Close Background Programs

The more programs running on your laptop means the more the battery will be used. Close all windows and programs that you don’t need, especially those running in the background. Opening these programs add to the CPU and hard drive load and buts down on battery life.

Keep Your Cool

Keep your laptop and your battery cool. Batteries tend to wear out faster when they’re hot. When using the laptop, keep all the heating fans and vents clear. Don’t place it over a fluffy pillow, a cloth, or any material that will cover the air vents and trap the heat. Use a laptop stand or table with built-in cooling fans to cool down your computer more effectively.

If you’re bringing your laptop along when you go out, let it cool before putting it in the bag. Packing the laptop in a backpack or other enclosed spaces while the battery and the body are still warm traps the heat. Check if the laptop shuts down properly and that it’s not switched on when you put it in the bag.

Don’t Leave it Plugged In

Don’t leave your computer charging overnight while the battery is in. Many battery charger manufacturers recommend removing the charger once the battery is full, as both of these heat up when left plugged in. Remove the battery and leave the charger plugged in if you’re planning to use it the whole night. Leaving it constantly charging is bad for the battery’s long-term health.

Do maintenance at least twice a month. Do this by fully charging the battery, draining it completely, and then completely recharging it again. This enhances the battery’s endurance.