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Get More laptop time with these Battery saving tips

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One of the big draws of a laptop computer is that you can use it anywhere. You don’t need to have it plugged in all the time because it has an internal battery.

Your laptop may start out with several hours of battery life when you first buy it. But the lifespan can get shorter as time goes by and battery health takes a hit. Sometimes this can be due to a lack of PC maintenance. Other times, it’s due to the environments the laptop is subject to (such as a hot car).

Seeing your laptop’s battery capacity shrink can be frustrating, but there are several things you can do to increase the time you can go without needing to plug it in

Lower the display brightness

The brighter your display is, the more battery power it’s taking. Have you ever hit the automated low power mode on a laptop? Then you know you immediately notice a difference in brightness. This is because that setting turns down the brightness. It’s one of the ways to reduce battery consumption.

You can turn down the brightness of your screen in your display settings. You can also use the brightness keys that are usually in the top row of keys on a laptop keyboard.

Reduce PC battery use in Power/Sleep settings

Your laptop manufacturer or Operating System will usually have dedicated settings to improve laptop lifespan. This will make some small tweaks in the background and change how often your laptop goes to sleep after sitting idle for some time.

Laptop power settings search results

If you’re using Windows, open the search on the Task Bar. Type in “power settings.” This directs you to the power, sleep, and battery settings in your system settings.

Look for any tips at the top for increasing battery longevity. Such as, making the time your screen goes dark after inactivity and the time it goes to sleep the same.

Then review the settings, such as Screen and sleep, and Power mode. Find the ones that will reduce your PC’s battery consumption. This will extend the time you can go without a new charge.

Battery and power settings dialog

If you’re using Apple / Mac, go to the Apple menu at the top left of your screen, click into System Preferences, then into Battery. From here you can choose when the Mac goes to sleep automatically, or when it dims the display.

Enable Battery-Saver Mode

You don’t have to wait until your PC hits 10% for it to go into battery-saver mode. You can control this and enable it yourself in your system settings.

Do you know you’re going to be without a power source for a while? Put your PC in power-saver or battery-saver mode right away, so you can extend the charge as long as possible.

Use the manufacturer’s battery calibration tool

Manufacturers will have their own PC maintenance tools installed. You can use for battery calibration. Sometimes calibrating the battery can correct an issue with a battery life. Especially if life has gotten shorter than when you first purchased your laptop.

Look for a manufacturer’s built-in maintenance app. It will usually be on the Task Bar unless you’ve hidden it. When you open that, you may find that you need to do a calibration or other maintenance task. 

Laptop device health indicating battery calibration

Get a computer tune-up

Over time, apps installed on any computer build up background processes, invisible bits of software that run without interrupting your workflow. Too many unnecessary background processes can sap your battery life.

Getting a computer tune-up from your IT provider can solve a lot of different issues including battery life and general computer sluggishness.

Close unnecessary apps hogging battery power

Check the apps that are running on your PC in the Task Manager. If you left something open or have a less-important updater service that’s not required right now, consider closing them. You may need to leave any cloud storage sync apps running if used for work. Be careful with software you’re not familiar with, they may be important background processes.

Keep your PC away from high heat or freezing temps

Both excess heat and freezing temperatures can be bad for a computer. This includes shortening the battery life.

You should never leave your laptop in a car on a hot day or when it’s freezing outside. Also, it might not seem particularly hot to you, but if it’s sunny, the inside of a vehicle can heat up very quickly. Be aware of the temperature extremes that your laptop is subject to, with similar care you’d give a pet or another person.

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We can help you with a full system tune-up or a laptop battery replacement if needed. Don’t struggle with short battery life when you can have that fixed in no time! Give us a call today and let’s chat.

Article used with permission from The Technology Press.


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