Tuesday 22 October 2013

How to maximize battery life of your laptop?

Follow these simple 6 steps to extend the life of your laptop battery.

1. Know the ropes
Batteries life depends upon the work of processors. Number of tasks performed by the processor reduces the battery life. Current generation processors such as i3, i5, i7 might have the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously but the life of batteries becomes halved.

In case of windows customized power options are available in your Control panel. Choose the best plan that suits to extend the battery life. If you’ve Mac OS laptops then go to “System Preferences-> Hardware Tab” which has the power options. Change the option of sleep to energy saver mode.
Power Plan

2. Clean your battery
Remove the battery and then clean the metal contacts using alcohol and allow it to dry it for 5 to 10 minutes for better performance of the battery. But make sure the batter is thoroughly dry before you place it.

3. Temperature kills life
When any task is running the processor gets heat up. When temperature raises ability of the processor decreases. So a cool place to work with your laptop is preferred. Usage of cooler pads might also do the trick.

Additionally usage of softwares such as Speccy helps you to know about the power consumption of each components of your laptop. Other preferred freeware utilities are SparkleXP.
Component temperature

4. Remove all the accessories
Remove all the unnecessary accessories that consume the power of your lap it might be USB, pen-drive or CD’s etc. Turn off the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings and turn them on when needed. Try to avoid using the laptop while charging. This method drains most of the charges from your battery and reduces the lifetime of your battery.

5. Hard drive De-fragmentation
When you delete some data gaps are created in the hard drive. Sometimes new data stored doesn’t fill these gaps. Fragmenting the hard disk slows down the processor speed and manages the space needed. Fragment your hard disk once in 3 to 4 months.

6. What kind of applications can be run to save the life of your battery?
Handle laptops with care. Don’t impose heavy applications on your processors. When you need to type any basic information choosing a basic text editor is preferable than the Microsoft word. Playing games, watching movies are the faster way to drain the life of a battery. Mute your lap. Turn them on only when necessary. Last but not least Shutting of your laptops are preferable rather than putting it to sleep. It continues to drain the power of your RAM.

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