Back To School Means a Draining Laptop Battery… or Does It?

Here are a few tips to keep that battery going stronger for longer:

1) That Bright Screen:  Dim the screen to less than half its normal brightness (ambient light permitting). This is one of the instances you can control the amount of power your computer is using so why not save the battery a little juice. Most hardware will have programmed keys on the keyboard that allow you to adjust the brightness. This works with almost any device regardless of manufacturer.

2) Adjust Your Power Settings: In windows you have the ability to change your power modes to accommodate the battery. To do so you just have to go in to the Control Panel > Power Options> Edit Plan Settings (Assuming you have the view set to large or small icons). From there you can tell the computer to turn off your display or go to sleep after a given amount of time, adjust the brightness, and even go in to more advanced settings to fine tune other hardware power downs. On an Apple PC go to the Apple icon> System Preferences>Energy Saver once there you can configure your power settings to get the most out of your battery.

3) Turn Off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi: If your kids have access to a network cable then to save even more juice why not go ahead and shut off the WIFI, in most laptops there is a toggle that will allow you to do this easily. While we’re at it how about we shut off the Bluetooth if your not using any Bluetooth devices like a mouse/keyboard or external audio speakers/headphones.

4) Unplug Anything Not Necessary: Have a thumb drive in the side of the laptop or charging your phone via USB. Remove them when they aren’t necessary to save more juice. It doesn’t make sense to charge an iPhone battery from another battery.

5) Update Your OS, Bios, and Drivers:  Keep your OS up-to-date and your hardware bios and drivers as well. By installing necessary updates you will address known power issues, protect your computer better against virus/malware, and will help your computer perform at its best.

6)  Charge and Discharge Your Battery Regularly: While we can’t say that Li-Po batteries don’t gain a memory it is recommend to discharge your laptop battery down to 30% then recharge it back up to 100%. I do this every few weeks as a way of working the battery over.

Follow these tips and you should see a little more life added to your battery.

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