Keep Your Laptop Battery Healthy

Updated: May 16, 2019

· Keep The Device Cool: This one is common-sense - keep your laptop out of direct sunlight. Excessive sunlight will cause your laptop to overheat, shortening your battery’s lifespan in the long-run, not just the immediate future. Make sure to keep an air flow going while using your laptop, so the battery does not overheat. There are a variety of adaptable laptop desks that are not only good for air flow but are also ergonomically-made.


· Turn-off power-sucking apps and programs: Like the use of cell phones or tablets, limiting the number of apps that are running can save you battery power, as well. Although it may seem convenient to have Photoshop, Netflix, Notepad and Firefox all running simultaneously, it will suck your battery dry. Especially useful when working with limited battery power, exit out of those programs that aren’t necessary now.


Another tip is to check what processes are running. To do this on a Windows system, enter Alt+Ctrl+Del to bring up Task Manager. You will be able to view all running programs and processes. Use the Task Manager to voluntarily quit programs and processes that aren’t necessary.


On a Mac system, enter Command+Spacebar to bring up the Spotlight search field. From there, you can search for the Activity Monitor. Use the Activity Monitor to quit unnecessary programs and processes.


· Turn-off power-sucking hardware: Bluetooth is the main culprit, here. More devices than we ever imagined possible are now Bluetooth compatible. The downside to hands-free use is the power-sucking feature.


· Utilize Hibernation, not just Sleep mode: When you choose to simply shut your laptop’s screen, it is in Sleep mode. During this time, the laptop is still powered on and using your battery power. Putting your laptop into Hibernation mode will completely power the device off, saving your battery.


· Limit tabs while on the internet: Most of the preferred internet browsers are known to suck a battery dry. In fact, your internet browser is responsible for the use of most of your battery’s power. Some individuals have the habit of laving multiple tabs open at once. To conserve your battery power, try limiting your tabs to one or two – how many tabs do you really need open at once?


· Dim the screen: Reduce your laptop’s screen brightness to save valuable battery power. As it turns out, your screen is responsible for sucking most of life out of your laptop battery. Adjust the default settings; lower your screen brightness. While this may not extend your battery life by hours, it just might help save some battery life for the next time you’re in a bind.


· Look at your computer’s built-in Power Saving options: Most laptops come with power-savings options built right in. If you are operating a Windows system, check under “Power Options”. If you are operating a Mac, check under “Energy Saver”. Under these options, you will be able to choose a default power-saving preference or choose to configure setting on your own.


· Unplug your laptop: A few years ago, the great debate over whether to unplug devices when not in use, began. As creatures of habit, seeking a sense of security, many of us prefer to keep our electronics plugged-in, charging and ready for use always. While it may appear to be a good idea at first, technology has proven otherwise.


It is now evident that overcharging your electronic devices can lead to a faster burnout of the battery. Laptop batteries are known to cost upwards of $100.00, depending on your brand of laptop. In order to avoid battery burnout, only charge your laptop when it is truly needed, then unplug your laptop when the charge is full.

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