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How to Prolong Your Laptop’s Battery Life

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A short battery life is probably the most annoying thing about an otherwise excellent laptop. Therefore, all measures should be taken to prolong battery life — both overall and on a daily drainage basis. The following tips will help you meaningfully improve your battery’s performance.

Proper Maintenance

The easiest and best thing you can do to prolong your laptop’s battery life is to properly maintain both your laptop and your laptop’s battery.

Clean the insides of your laptop once a year.

This is crucial because dust will build up especially in the ventilation area. Temperatures are much higher in a dusty environment. Thus, your laptop’s fan will have to work extra hard to cool down your laptop’s hardware components. This extra hard effort will cost you extra power from the battery.

Besides, by not cleaning your laptop from the inside, you risk damaging it irreparably.

Also remove the battery from time to time and check its metal contacts. Carefully clean off any dust from the battery’s tray and the battery itself.

Hardware Upgrades

There are two upgrades you can do on minimal budget. You won’t even need professional help with these upgrades.

First, upgrade your primary drive to an SSD and defragment regularly your HDD drives.

Second, upgrade the capacity of your computer’s memory modules.

These upgrades will achieve three things:

  • your computer will become faster
  • you will become more productive
  • it will take longer for your battery to drain

From personal experience, my Dell laptop originally included only a hard drive and had only two memory modules installed at 2GB each.

I added a Samsung EVO 840 SSD drive which then became my primary drive that contains the operating system and all software programs. Both Windows and all programs start up much faster on an SSD — once you experience the difference between a standard hard drive and an SSD, there’s no going back.

Tip

Using hibernation on an SSD will start up Windows in a blink of an eye. This process also saves a lot of power.

I also added two more 2GB memory modules, raising the total capacity of my laptop’s memory to 8GB.

Be Focused

When you work on a blog post, you can do several things that won’t mess with your productivity but will lower your laptop’s power consumption.

When you are writing text, you can lower your display’s screen resolution a bit. You don’t need high definition resolution to type.

You can also lower your sound volume to a minimum. I keep it at 1 and when I want to listen to something, I add volume.

Also, don’t have lots of programs running that are not necessary for your current work. You can always launch them when they will be actually needed.

Power Options

Make use of the various Power Options that are set up by Windows. You can fiddle with them, but definitely use them.

Advanced Settings

Advanced users can decide to turn off certain services and devices that are set to start when Windows starts up. A lot of them are not indispensable and can be disabled with no harm.

If you are not sure which services or devices can be safely disabled or turned off, then rather don’t touch anything in Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.

You will gain the most in extra battery life with the first three recommendations, anyway.

Although, I would recommend disabling the optical drive (CD/DVD/BD) via the above mentioned Control Panel path.

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Disable optical drive

Optical disks are rarely listened to on a laptop by anyone. But when they are, the optical drive consumes extreme amounts of battery power.

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