5 Habits that Will Improve Your Laptop’s Battery Shelf Life and Performance

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Dimming your laptop's screen is a proven way of increasing the number of hours your laptop battery lasts.
Dimming your laptop's screen is a proven way of increasing the number of hours your laptop battery lasts.

It is really infuriating having a laptop that confines you to a power source, especially for a comrade who has all the necessary reading and entertainment materials stored in the devise.

The advent of laptops in the lives of college students has made their lives take a different course, a course that puts more regards and value to the gadget more even than that given to human counterparts. The laptop has become a comrade’s best friend.

For people who own or use laptops either at home or their offices, the following is a guide on how to squeeze more juice from your laptop battery.

Dimming your laptop's screen is a proven way of increasing the number of hours your laptop battery lasts.
Dimming your laptop’s screen is a proven way of increasing the number of hours your laptop battery lasts. PHOTO Credit: Robert Muyela

Personally I have tried it and my two years old laptop still gives me 3 hours of battery working time.

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Dim the screen

Working on your laptop with minimum brightness increases the number of hours your battery lasts. However, not everyone will enjoy staring at a dim screen, but as the famous saying goes “no pain no gain” options have to be judiciously weighed between aving 45minutes on a super bright monitor or 3hours on a less bright monitor.

According to Mr. Mark Oching’ a computer specialist in Maseno University, the laptop screen has been found to be the prime consumer of power.

Use hard drives instead of DVD/CD
Running a Compact disk on a laptop drains the machine its power very fast since more power is needed in rotating the disks. It is advisable to use other storage forms like flash disks or memory cards as they use little power to run.

Cut down on external devises
Flash disks and modems should be unplugged when not in use. These external devises continue robbing the battery of its power even when they are not being accessed or used.
Controlled charging

Controlled charging of the laptop battery should be taken into deep consideration. Once the battery is fully charged, the charger should be unplugged or the battery removed leaving the laptop on AC power.

However Mr. Mark advises that if the battery is to be removed, one must ensure that the AC power supply is a stables one in order to avoid cases of loss of information or power surge during power outages.

Turn off background processes
Multiple applications opened on the laptop also drain power from the battery. Such applications if not in use should be closed, not minimized. Background applications can be accessed and closed by pressing Shift+Ctrl+esc.

If anyone, and especially Varsity  students who use laptops for their studies adopts such habits, then the laptop’s battery will last longer and also give the user more working hours away from the power sockets.

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