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    How to Extend the Life of our Laptop Battery

    How to Extend the Life of our Laptop Battery

    Types of Laptop Batteries

    I can’t even remember the time when I worked on two PCs – one at home and one at the office. And of course – the constant shuffling of files on email, disks or flash drives. Getting a laptop solved all those problems.

    However, besides being a necessary tool for work, a laptop can be an indispensable platform for digital entertainment. It allows you to connect with your friends, play and work whenever and wherever you want. Everything is great until your laptop battery charge runs out. When you don’t have a convenient outlet nearby at that moment, your laptop automatically turns into an expensive plastic toy.

    Developments in hardware and software technology in recent years have made it so that laptops offer a very close user experience to what desktops offer. They allow you to listen to music, watch movies, play games, surf the web, all without being tied to always sitting in the same place.

    However, sometimes there just isn’t an outlet nearby to charge your laptop. And even the latest models optimized for low power consumption and equipped with modern Lithium-Ion laptop batteries can’t last more than 4-5 hours (mainstream models) without being recharged.

    If you still want to extend that time a bit, remember the following tips that experts at the hardware company Intel, share with readers of the site of the computer manufacturer Dell.

    Charge the battery. Plug it in and wait for the indicator light to read 100%.

    Switch to a battery-optimized mode that uses less electricity. You’ll find this option on your laptop too. If you’re running Windows 10, you need to click on the battery that appears in the bottom right corner of the screen and select low power mode from the menu you’ll see.

    Check that your laptop has the optimum amount of memory. RAM allows your computer to run certain programs and actions directly from it, which means that while this is happening the hard drive is resting. More RAM means less work for the hard drive, which means longer battery life for your laptop.

    Remove the battery from your laptop and clean its metal parts. Wipe them down with cotton dipped in alcohol or rubbing alcohol. The best option is to do this every two months to be sure the transfer of electricity between your battery and laptop is happening as efficiently as possible. Of course, wait for the battery to dry before putting it back in your laptop.

    Remove any laptop accessories you are not using. Even when not in use, they use electricity.

    A few tips in this regard:

    • turn off your Wi-Fi module when you’re not using it
    • adjust the screen brightness to your surroundings. In a very bright room or open space, the brightness should be high. In the evening or in low light it may be turned down almost all the way.

    Defragment your hard disk regularly. This will keep your configuration running as efficiently as possible. The advice given by Intel is to defragment the hard disk once every two months.

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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