Extending the Life of Your Laptop Battery
Your laptop battery is going to die eventually. This is something that you can’t avoid. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to ensure that your laptop battery continues to tick over for as long as possible. These tips will be able to help you out.
1. Do not fully discharge the battery
In the past, the best way to ensure that your laptop battery lasted as long as possible was to fully discharge it before you charged it again. This helped to combat something known as the ‘memory effect’. Nowadays, you don’t have to do this. In fact, it would actually be detrimental to the lifespan of the battery to fully discharge it.
It is recommended that you do not allow a battery to drop below 20% charge. By doing this, you will greatly extend the lifespan of your battery.
2. Charge your laptop battery as little as possible.
You will only be able to get a certain number of charges from your laptop battery. Therefore, it is in your best interests to charge your battery as little as possible. The more you charge it, the sooner you will need to replace it.
There are a couple of things that you can do here. Perhaps the most important is to tinker around with the battery settings on your laptop. Switch to ‘Power Saving’ mode, for instance.
In addition to this, you shouldn’t really be leaving your laptop plugged into the charger for long periods of time. You can do it on occasion, but you must remember that whenever your laptop is plugged into the charger, your battery is technically ‘charging’ and thus you are eating into these charge cycles. This is why many people who barely use their laptop solely on battery will notice that their battery is unable to hold a proper charge.
3. Ensure that your laptop battery doesn’t get too hot
If it is a particularly hot day, then you should try and have a fan running in the room. It will help to keep your laptop nice and cool.
You should also ensure that you keep your laptop on the desk at all times. If you can get your hands on a laptop stand, then this is going to be so much better. You should not be resting your laptop on your lap or any sort of fabric. This will ‘absorb’ heat, reflecting it back onto the laptop battery. The laptop battery will overheat, and you will be damaging it a little bit. Do this too much, and the lifespan of your laptop will be drastically reduced.
Remember; a hot laptop will not only damage your batteries, but it also means that the fans need to work a little bit harder, which means that you are going to be draining your battery a little bit quicker.
4. Turn off any features you don’t need…and unplug any peripherals too
If you are not using wi-fi on your laptop, then make sure that you switch it off. In fact, there is no feature on your laptop that sucks up as much power as wi-fi. If something is sapping up a lot of power, then it means your battery is draining quicker. Simple as that.
If you have any USB devices plugged into your laptop that you don’t need, then unplug those too. Each one of those USB devices will be sapping up a little bit of power, which means you are going to be draining your laptop battery a little bit quicker.
Do not turn your laptop screen brightness all the way up.
Screen brightness will have a major impact on how much of the battery you are using. The higher the brightness, the more power you will be using. In fact, you could probably double the amount of time a laptop battery can last before charging by turning the brightness all the way down. This is probably one of the quickest methods to increase your battery lifespan.
Keep an eye on your battery
Finally; keep an eye on your battery. You can download certain pieces of software that can check battery usage, as well as provide you with an estimate of how long your battery has left before it needs to be replaced. Consult this software every month or so to get an indication as to whether your battery will need to be replaced in the near future.