Top 10 Tips To Increase Your Laptop Battery Life

Posted on 10 December 2009

Most laptops lose their battery quickly, especially when you need them the most. So, how do you keep your battery from discharging quickly?  Here are 10 easy tips to help you boost up your battery life.

1. Defrag On A Regular Basis

Speed up your hard drive by de-fragmenting it on a regular basis (while it is not charging of course). The faster your hard drive works, the less stress you will put on the hard drive and your battery. 

2. Dim Your Screen

Having the screen level at the minimum will help you save battery life. Keep the screen dim and. Some laptops have options to modify CPU and cooling performance, take them to the lowest level maximize battery performance.

3. Cut Down The Number Of Programs Running In The Background.

This includes itunes, desktop search, and other applications running in the background. These programs contribute to the CPU load and reduce battery life.

4. Cut Down External Devices

All external devices, including USB devices (e.g your mouse) & WiFi eat up your laptop battery fast.  It is better to remove them, or shut them down when not in use.

5. Increase Your RAM

By increasing the RAM, you will be able to do more with the memory your laptop has, rather than relying on virtual memory.  Virtual memory uses up hard drive, and is much less power efficient. However, adding more RAM will lead to further energy consumption, so do this only if you need to run memory intensive programs which actually require heavy usage of virtual memory.

6. Run Programs From Hard Drive Rather Than CD/DVD

CD and DVD drives are even worse than hard drives.   They spin, eating up power, even when they’re not actively being used. 

7. Keep The Battery Contacts Clean

Clean up your battery’s metal contacts after every two months with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol.  This helps to transfer power from your battery more efficiently.

8. Take Care Of Your Battery

Use your battery with care.  Do not leave the charged battery unattended for long periods of time.  Once charged, you should use the battery at least once in every two to three weeks. Moreover, never leave a Li-On battery completely discharged. Discharging is effective only for older batteries with memory effects.

9. Hibernate Instead of Standby

Although standby mode saves some power and you can instantly start off work from where you left, but it doesn’t save as much as the hibernate function. 

10. Set Up And Optimize Your Power Options

Go to the ‘Power Options’ in the windows control panel and set the power usage to optimized. You can select the ‘max battery’ for maximum effect.

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  1. Olivia smith says:

    Thanks for sharing Top 10 Tips To Increase Your Laptop Battery Life. this is very helpful for all us…. :)