We’ve all been there. You’re in a meeting, or on the road, or in a classroom, and you find, to your horror, that your laptop is nearly dead. You can make your laptop run longer on its battery by turning off or reduce all the things that expend power in your computer.
If you are going on a long trip, or just taking your laptop to a local coffee shop, use these tips to help your laptop battery power last longer. In order to resolve an immediate crisis of rapid battery drainage, there are a few simple tricks to extend your laptop’s battery life before you need to reach for a charger!
How To Extend Laptop’s Battery Life
- It’s not just the hardware that’s stealing your battery juice. Multiple apps and processes running on your system will also chew through battery life more quickly. Close any unnecessary applications or programs running in the background. Stopping your laptop from multitasking will help conserve battery. Open up the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc, or use Ctrl+Alt+Del and select Task Manager from the menu. Once in the Task Manager, look at the open apps—you may find that a program or two have been left running simply because you forgot to close a window instead of minimizing it.
- Clean your battery’s metal contacts every couple of months with a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol. This keeps the transfer of power from your battery more efficient.
- 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.
- Lower your screen brightness. Keeping your screen too bright is a huge drain on your batteries.
- Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth if you don’t need them. They can both drain your battery even if you’re not connected to anything.
- Turn on your laptop’s power-saving modes. On Windows machines, click the battery icon in the Windows taskbar, then toggle your battery settings from “Balanced” to “Power Saver.”
- Keep your battery healthy. Don’t expose it to extreme temperatures, make sure to leave your laptop out of its case while charging, and only charge your laptop when it has as close to 0% power left as possible.
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