We have all found ourselves in situations where our laptop battery is going down and we still have work to get done. There are actions you can take to keep the laptop up long enough to tidy up your work.
1. Disconnect unneeded peripherals
Every component in your PC needs power to operate. So one way to make your battery last longer is to reduce power consumption by disconnecting or turning off components that you don’t need such as USB mouse, flash drive and external hard drive. You should also turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and internet radios by using the designated key/switch or through icons on your taskbar.
2. Switch to low-power state
Take maximum advantage of your computer’s power saving features. Click on the battery icon in your task bar, select “More power options” and choose the Power saver plan or create a custom plan. If you’re opting for the custom power plan, use minimal time limits for when the system will dim the display, turn off the display and put the computer to sleep. Also set a low value for the brightness of your computer screen. Still under power options, set the laptop to hibernate instead of sleep when you close the lid.
PS: If your battery icon is not visible or if you cannot access power options from your battery icon for any reason, go to Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options > Change Battery Settings.
3. Disable Unused Applications
Some applications run by default as soon as you start up your computer, depleting battery life. To stop these applications from launching automatically, hit the Start button, type “MSCONFIG” in the Search field and hit Enter. Click the Startup tab and uncheck any items you don’t want to launch by default when you turn on your computer. Restart your laptop after applying the changes.
PS: If you need these applications later, you can still launch them manually.
4. Retire the CD/DVD Drive
It is advisable that you copy music, video or other media to your computer’s hard drive before you run it. The CD/DVD drive saps a great deal of power while running.
5. Don’t overload the memory
Another way to lengthen your battery life is to avoid opening too many tabs in a web browser or running many applications at the same time. When you run many programs, or have many photos open in an editor, you’ll exhaust the free system memory. Whatever has not been accommodated then has to be ‘paged’ to the hard disk. This slows down your system and affects battery life.
6. Be Mindful of Scheduled Tasks
Ensure that scheduled tasks such as periodic backup or virus scan is set to a time when your laptop is plugged to a power outlet. Otherwise, you’re depleting considerable battery power every time each of the tasks runs.
7. Remove Your Laptop Battery
Most laptop batteries are designed such that they cannot be overcharged. However, if your laptop is usually plugged to a power outlet and rarely runs on battery, you are wasting charge cycles. Remove the battery and save it for times when you’ll need it. This will improve the long-term health of the battery.