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5 Tips To Increase the Power Of Laptop Batteries

Published at 03/19/2012 15:18:51


Laptop batteries  have always been  the true test of a laptop's staying power. But laptop batteries being batteries, will eventually run out. And if you're on the road, or if there is a power failure, or you are simply not sure  when or where the next socket will be, or you in for a long flight, you'll need to learn how to squeeze some extra life out of your laptop batteries. No matter what the reason is, we will show you the five easiest and most effective ways of extending the life of your laptop batteries.


Step 1

The first tip is to always make sure your laptop  batteries are fully charged, squeezing extra juice out of  half charged laptop batteries can lead to battery degradation over time. Keeping your laptop batteries healthy is essential to the overall well being of your laptop.

As a matter of fact, the best way to keep you laptop batteries healthy, is to de-charge them about every two months. De-charging is a practice that is recommend by a majority of laptop manufacturers and industry experts. Here is how it's done; You first start off by fully charging your laptop, charge it to the absolute max, and then unplug the charger, and use the laptop on battery power until it goes to sleep or simply shuts down.

If you are doing some important work, remember to save you work before the battery gives out. Once the battery has given out, leave the laptop sleeping or dead for about five hours or over night. Once it's been idle for five hour or overnight, plug it in and fully charge it, you can use the laptop during its final charge up.

Since this is a lengthy process, make sure you do it on a day when the laptop is not needed for work or study, also you can deplete the battery quickly by paying a  game or watching HD movies.


Step 2

Now that you've de-charged the laptop, the second step is to turn down your process's. Most laptops come with various energy saving options, that are geared towards either saving energy, providing maximum efficiency or just normal use and battery saving mode. If you need to run multiple processes, such as WI-FI, Bluetooth and not allowing your laptop to sleep, it's best to select either energy saving or battery power options.


Step 3

The third tip is to dim your screen, dim it to the lowest comfortable setting. The dimmer the screen, the more juice you can squeeze out of a laptop, as matter of fact, one of the biggest drains on battery life is a screen's level of brightness. Ideally, the lowest possible setting would be best, but one should consider their personal viewing comfort as well.

Step 4

The fourth tip, and this might be redundant, is to turn off your WI-FI.  But if you have left your WI-FI on idle while writing or watching a video, it'll cause an unnecessary strain on the battery.


Step 5

The final tip is along a similar line, turn off your Bluetooth as well. Bluetooth constantly seacrhes for new devices, and checks up on old devices, so if you're not using it, turn it off.


Keeping your laptop cool will keep it going for longer, surf in a cool spot or buy a laptop cooling pad.

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