Six Tips To Extend Your Laptop’s Battery. Many people have come to rely on laptops and tablets for both their work and social lives – and for mobile workers and commuters they’re an absolute necessity.
But despite huge advances in the power and capabilities of these devices, dwindling battery life remains a problem for many.
To help combat this, independent tech retailer Ebuyer has put together some tips to help you get the most from your laptop’s battery.
Switch off WiFi when not being used
Although most of your laptop use will likely require internet access, there is an option to disable the Wi-Fi features for when it is not in use.
The Wi-Fi adapter draws a lot of power from the battery, so switching it off when you are somewhere with no coverage could save you a significant portion of battery life.
To do this, there is often a shortcut button feature on your keyboard, but if not, this can be done by accessing the settings through the start menu, selecting ‘Network & Internet’ and then the Wi-Fi tab which can be simply switched off.
This can be replicated with the Bluetooth adaptor, which can also be turned off by accessing the ‘Devices’ section on your settings home page.
The brightness of the screen is one of the most significant factors that can affect battery life.
Backlights allow you to clearly see the colours of your LCD or LED display and, although markedly improved from where they once were, still use a substantial amount of power.
Dimming your backlight is easy to do and should reserve a significant amount of battery.
A simple way to adjust this is to use a keyboard shortcut, which is an available function on most laptops, (usually the Fn button, plus one of the F-number keys on the top row).
Alternatively, you can navigate to the system settings via the start button, select ‘System’ and then adjust the brightness on the scale accordingly under the ‘Devices’ tab.
Use your battery once it’s charged
A lot of people like to keep their laptop battery on permanent charge unless they are using it on the move. This can be detrimental to the longevity of your battery.
Some laptops do include a battery care function to avoid this issue by preventing batteries from being fully charged, but the best practice is to run your battery down before charging it to increase its lifespan.
Every process you run on a laptop needs the battery to power the function.
Simple dormant items such as an unused disc sitting in your disc drive, an external microphone or an attached USB will impact the efficiency of your battery, so removing those when not in use will be extremely beneficial.
Manage your applications and programs
There are plenty of people out there who are guilty of having countless internet tabs open on their web browser.
Whilst it is an impressive feat for your laptop to maintain all those pages, more power is required from the battery to keep those applications running.
Simply closing any unused tabs will not only speed your laptop up but will prolong its running time as well.
This is the same if running multiple programs at once. There is nothing wrong with doing this, but once you’re no longer using a certain program or software, it is good practice to close them down until you need them again.