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15 Ways to extend your laptop battery

Updated on October 17, 2011

This is the Top 15 Ways to Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life and a few more. 

1. Defrag regularly - Everytime you defrag your PC, you are reorgniasing the file structure, and making it easy for your pc to store & locate the files & folders you have, and therefore save you more power.

2. Dim your screen - Keep your screen a bit dimmer than normal when you can, and use natural light when you can to help see the screen. You should find these options by right clicking on the desktop.

3. Close down any programs running in the background.
If you look at the bottom right of your taskbar, there will be tons of little icons that show up relating to programs you may regularly run or not. These don't need to be running all the time.
You can also use the "msconfig" program to make sure that your PC starts up with a minimum of programs.

4. Remove external devices - Any connected usb devices will drain your power, maybe not by much, but when you put them all together they make an impact. If you arn't using any then unplug them, and turn them off.

If your not using your wifi, then turn that off too, as it will be trying to look for wireless networks.
Also avoid charging any of your handheld devices via usb, and use their mains plugs instead.

5. Add more RAM - If you add more ram, then your laptop will be able to run programs more efficiently, instead of having to use the hard drive, as a virtual memory store when your ram is short on space.

This will cut down on your battery consumption as the hard drive is one of the biggest power drains on your laptop.

6. Try to find some No-cD Programs. - If your a fan of playing games, then most of the time, you will need to have your game in the CD drive, but you can download programs to circumvent this, and instead, not have any cd in the drive. Since there is alot of power used to spin your disks, then this will save lots of power.

7. Keep the battery elements clean: You can increase the connectivity between the battery metal componets with regularly cleaning the elements.

8. Keep Fit battery - Make sure your battery is used & charged regularly, but not excessivly. Leaving a charged battery will just decrease the charge capicity fast. So if you find that you don't use your battery much, as you think that saving it for the right time will keep it in better condition longer, this is a myth. They need to be in regular & charging use. Never let a Li-On battery discharge itself totally. Every 2-3 weeks your battery should be used, and charged.

9. Hibernate not standby - Although placing a laptop in standby mode saves some power and you can instantly resume where you left off, it doesn’t save anywhere as much power as the hibernate function does. Hibernating a PC will actually save your PC’s state as it is, and completely shut itself down.

10. Keep operating temperature down - Your laptop operates more efficiently when it’s cooler. Clean out your air vents with a cloth or keyboard cleaner.

11. Set up and optimize your power options - Go to ‘Power Options’ in your windows control panel and set it up so that power usage is optimized (Select the ‘max battery’ for maximum effect).

12. Don’t multitask - Do one thing at a time when you’re on battery. Rather than working on a spreadsheet, letting your email client run in the background and listening to your latest set of MP3’s, set your mind to one thing only. If you don’t you’ll only drain out your batteries before anything gets completed!

13. Go easy on the PC demands - The more you demand from your PC. Passive activities like email and word processing consume much less power than gaming or playing a DVD. If you’ve got a single battery charge - pick your priorities wisely.

14. Get yourself a more efficient laptop - Laptops are getting more and more efficient in nature to the point where some manufacturers are talking about all day long batteries. Picking up a newer more efficient laptop to replace an aging one is usually a quick fix.

15. Prevent the Memory Effect - If you’re using a very old laptop, you’ll want to prevent the ‘memory effect’ - Keep the battery healthy by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule are Li-Ion batteries (which most laptops have) which do not suffer from the memory effect.

16. Turn of the Sounds - Go into you control panel, and select the sounds section. Disable all the sounds on your laptop. This will result in no power consumption when your laptop makes a sound, and as you already know, the windows sounds are everywhere when you use a laptop. 


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      Robakerost 8 years ago

      amazing point on adding RAM. I never would have thought of that.