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Tech Trick : How To Extend The Battery Of Your Laptop
We need our laptop for almost everything in our everyday life, whether we need to write what the teacher is saying in class, or look up some news online, or just play some games to relax, we need the laptop to do these things. Writing by hand is neat, and calligraphy can be something incredibly beautiful, but we write way faster in our laptops, and every written piece of work nowadays is done on the keyboard, and not with a pen. Still, when we are not near electricity, we really need the battery of our laptop to last as long as possible so we can get as much work done as possible. So, here are a few tech tricks on how to improve the life of your laptop battery:
We are used to do a lot of things at the same time on our computers. They can take it, and not get any slower at all, so why not? Listen to some music, watch a little video, play a little game, check out this, check out that, do a little research on this, and end up having a few tabs open, with music on, programs running in the background and so on. Although these things don’t make the laptop get any slower, they do drain its power, and end up costing you some precious battery time. In order to save some power here, use only applications you need right at the moment, and close anything that is unnecessary running in the background.
Use simple applications:
Let’s say you need to write a text about cats, later on edit it, and then add some pictures of cats and some cool stuff to it. When you’re running low on battery and start it off, you know you are not going to finish it, so in order to get as far away as possible, you need to save up some battery. Instead of using a big writing application like Word, just use plain simple notepad. When you get home to edit the text, you can just copy it to word and get it finished. In the process, you end up gaining some valuable time with the use of an application that uses less RAM, and as such, you managed to get further ahead on your text.
Manage the small things:
Things like luminosity, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and so on end up costing your computer some valuable energy. Although you might not be using Wi-Fi directly or not be connected to the Internet, your computer is still searching for Wi-Fi networks in the background so you can have easy access to them. On top of that, if you disable ports like USB and wireless you can save up some more battery.
Turn down the volume, or turn it off (it takes power to project sound, little power, but every bit counts right?). Also avoid being on extreme temperatures, since laptop batteries function with some pretty basic chemistry, extreme temperatures will make it die faster. Plus, if the fan needs to be working extra hard, the battery obviously suffers, since it is the battery that powers up the fan.
Avoid using external devices as much as possible, if you need a document from a pen, save it on your computer and remove then pen. Also, try to avoid using a CD or DVD. The goal is to keep things from draining away the battery, and a CD needs to spin in order for the computer to read it, and while spinning, it is being powered by the battery. If possible, just work with your computer alone and absolutely nothing coming from the outside, since it will likely aid in draining away your battery. Also make sure to work in a clean environment and keep your laptop clean, dust and other small particles might just get inside your laptop and force your fan to work in case your vents get clogged up and the computer starts heating up too much. It is very hard to remove these particles once inside the computer and it can actually end up doing some serious damage if you try to fix it the wrong way. So the best thing to do, is to work in a clean environment and keep your laptop clean.
Keeping the battery:
In order to keep the battery efficient, it needs to be cleaned. Cleaning the battery’s metal contact with rubbing alcohol will help improve energy efficiency. Also, keeping it fresh is a great way to get the best out of it. Batteries tend to lose power over time, if not being used. A battery charged a month ago, if unused, might just be empty when you try to use it. So before you go anywhere, charge up your battery right before you go, this will help you make the most out of it.
Do not charge the battery all the way up to 100%. Charging the battery only to 80-85% will help you in the long run, since the battery will end up not being too damaged by use.
At the end of the day, if you see your laptop battery is just not working properly anymore and it doesn’t last nearly half the time it should, it might be time to buy a new battery and get rid of the old one. It might be an extra cost in your budget, but it will certainly help you out a lot more than trying to clean things up, manage applications, and so on.