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How to Get the Most Out of Your Laptop's Battery Life

How to Get the Most Out of Your Laptop's Battery Life

How to Get the Most Out of Your Laptop's Battery Life

There are many key elements laptop owners regularly consider when buying or operating their device, and one of the most notable here is the battery and its lifespan. We all naturally want our laptop batteries to last for as long as possible, and while purchasing a quality battery is your first main task here, there are also several other approaches you can utilize to maximizing your battery life on a regular basis.

At PC Laptops, we're happy to offer a wide variety of laptops for sale, including several models that have high-performance batteries meant to last hours without a charge. In addition to prioritizing battery life when buying a new machine, what are some ways you can optimize battery life in any laptop? Here are some general tips.

Don't Charge to 100%

While we know it's always tempting to charge a laptop battery all the way to 100%, this is actually one of the least healthy things you can do for the battery. In general, it's best to keep your charge somewhere between 20% and 80%.

This allows the battery to retain a higher capacity over time while also rarely dipping into full discharge, which can be damaging. If your battery spends too much time overcharged, it will start to degrade faster as well.

Unplug When You Can

Once your laptop is charged and you're no longer tethered to an outlet, unplug it from the power cord. Even when not in use, a plugged-in laptop will slowly lose battery as it continues to draw power.

If you're using your laptop on battery power and don't need to be plugged in, it's best to unplug it as soon as possible.

Lower Your Screen Brightness

This is an easy way to eke out a little more battery life without really affecting your productivity or enjoyment. Simply lower the brightness of your screen until it's comfortable but not jarring, and you'll find that your battery lasts a bit longer.

You can also take this a step further by enabling your laptop's automatic brightness feature, which will lower the brightness of your screen in dimmer environments and conserve power. This, in turn, will help your battery last even longer.

Tweak Your Power Settings

Most laptops come with a variety of power settings that you can enable or disable to help conserve power. In general, it's best to enable as many power-saving features as you can without sacrificing too much in the way of performance.

On Windows 10 laptops, for instance, you can click the battery icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select "Power & sleep settings" to see all your power options in one place.

From here, you can enable features like battery saver mode, which dims your screen and limits background activity when your battery is running low. You can also adjust your screen timeout settings and enable "sleep" mode when your lid is closed.

All of these small tweaks can add up to significant battery savings over time.

Close Background Apps

When you're not using an app, there's no reason to keep it running in the background. Every app that's running, even if you're not actively using it, will consume some amount of battery power. To help conserve battery life, it's best to close any apps you're not using. On a Windows 10 laptop, you can do this by clicking the task view icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and then selecting the X in the top-right corner of each app window.

You might be surprised at just how much of an impact this can have on your battery life, especially if you're regularly running a lot of apps at once.

Disable Unused Hardware

Your laptop has all sorts of hardware components inside it, from the processor and graphics card to the Wi-Fi adapter and Bluetooth radio. All of this hardware uses power, even when you're not using it.

For example, if you don't need to use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, it's best to disable the hardware entirely. This will prevent it from using any power and help extend your battery life.

On a Windows 10 laptop, you can do this by clicking the battery icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and then selecting "Battery saver settings." From here, scroll down and toggle off the "Wi-Fi" and "Bluetooth" options. You can also disable other hardware components in your laptop's BIOS or UEFI settings screen. This is usually done by pressing a key during boot, such as F2 or Esc, to enter the settings screen.

Avoid Overheating Issues

One thing batteries don't do well with is heat. When your laptop gets too hot, it can cause all sorts of problems, including reducing the lifespan of your battery.

To help keep your laptop cool and improve its battery life, it's best to use it on a hard, flat surface whenever possible. Avoid using it on soft surfaces like blankets or laps, as this can block airflow and cause your laptop to overheat.

You should also avoid using your laptop in hot environments, such as in direct sunlight or near a heat source. If you can, use a laptop cooling pad to help keep your laptop cool and improve its battery life.

With the right basic care and regular maintenance, you can easily get years of use out of your laptop's battery. Just remember to follow the tips above to help keep it running at its best.

For more on this, or to learn about any of our computer or laptop sales or repair services, speak to our team at PC Laptops today.