Laptops are great for travel but are not always the best choice for work.
If you need to do some heavy-duty tasks on your laptop and can’t afford to wait for power, then this article will show you surefire ways to extend/improve your laptop’s battery life.
Ways To Extend/Improve Your Laptop’s Battery Life
We all want our laptops to have great battery life. Here are nine ways to make sure your laptop has great battery life:
1. Make Sure Your PC is Energy Efficient
Turn off your laptop when not in use. Your battery will last longer if you don’t leave it plugged into an outlet or power strip all day long.
So instead, unplug it and wait for a reasonable amount of time before plugging it back in again.
Don’t use a power bar or surge protector—these devices are designed to help protect electrical equipment from damage by overloading circuits with too much current at once (like what happens when lightning hits).
Unfortunately, they can also make things worse by acting like a breaker box in reverse. They disconnect entirely everything connected to them and prevent electricity from getting through until they’re reset manually.
2. Dim Your Laptop’s Screen
To dim your laptop’s screen, you can:
- Use a lower brightness setting.
- Use a lower resolution and refresh rate setting.
- Use a lower color depth setting (the more colors there are, the greater your laptop’s battery will drain).
- Switch to an Energy Saving mode if you’re not using your computer much at all (or only when you’re away from it) so that it doesn’t constantly draw power while idle. This also helps extend battery life by shutting off unnecessary features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, so they don’t drain your laptop’s battery any faster than they already do when they aren’t being used.
3. Don’t Overcharge Your Battery
Overcharging a battery can cause permanent damage. The best way to avoid this is only to charge your laptop’s battery when it’s at least 20% charged (i.e., when you have 10% left in the tank).
If you need more juice, charge your laptop overnight or during off-hours so as not to overcharge it and potentially shorten its lifespan.
If you’re wondering why we recommend charging your laptop only when it’s about 20 percent or less full, here’s why:
When fully drained of power, lithium-ion batteries begin pulsing, producing electricity for about two seconds every 10 minutes until they reach 100 percent capacity again after several hours’ worth of rest time.
This process causes gases inside the cells to vent out through vents along their surfaces. If these vents leak due to improper charging practices by users who don’t follow proper guidelines on how often they should charge their devices or even worse.
Suppose there are too many users using their laptops with similar settings.
In that case, those gases could combine with moisture near where these vents would normally be located and form dangerous conditions inside those areas where oxygen molecules aren’t being supplied regularly enough by air circulation pumps within each cell itself.
4. Turn Off Unnecessary Devices
The first thing you should do when it comes to extending your laptop’s battery life is to turn off unnecessary devices.
Most laptops have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and location services enabled by default. These can drain the power quickly if not used properly, so they should be turned off if possible.
If you need these features for your job or daily use, such as connecting wirelessly with other devices, leave them on for now, but keep an eye on how much juice they take up in the future and consider turning them off once again later.
5. Avoid Using a Vibrant Wallpaper And Themes
Avoid using a vibrant wallpaper and theme; use a plain or simple background.
Darker backgrounds are better than lighter ones because they absorb heat from the laptop’s processor and battery, which helps extend battery life by reducing cooling requirements.
Don’t use wallpaper that has a lot of color in it; it can cause your screen to dim as you use your computer, which is not suitable for overall performance.
However, if you do have one that’s too bright or colorful, try changing its settings (via Control Panel > System > Personalization).
You can also consider lowering the color saturation until you find something that looks good but doesn’t affect performance too much. This will help ensure both features work well together while still retaining their intended purpose.
6. Optimize Visual Effects
Turn off visual effects and reduce the screen resolution to get more battery life.
Use the battery-saver feature in Windows 10 to extend your laptop’s life by shutting down non-essential processes when you’re not using them, such as automatic updates and background apps that are running in the background.
Turn off animations like fade transitions between pages in browsers or pop-up ads when you’re not using them (you can do this by clicking on “Settings” then clicking “Advanced system settings”).
7. Make Sure Power and Sleep Settings Are Managed Properly
Power and sleep settings are managed in the Control Panel, System Properties, and Power Options. In the Control Panel, you’ll find a Power button that allows you to adjust your laptop’s power settings.
Open System Properties by right-clicking on My Computer and choosing Properties from the context menu that appears.
You’ll see an energy management section where you can set both power plans (how your computer gets its juice) and schedule when it’s on or off.
In addition, to the options available in both of these locations, there are some additional ways to manage your laptop’s battery life:
- Set your laptop so it goes into hibernation instead of sleep mode when not being used—this will extend its overall life because hibernation uses fewer Watts than sleeping does.
8. Disable Startup Programs
To disable startup programs, follow these procedures:
- Open the Start menu and select All Programs.
- Select Accessories > System Tools, then choose System Configuration from the list of programs available to you in this window.
- Choose Startup Programs from the left-hand pane of this new window and click on any program you want disabled or removed (or deselect it). You can also click on View > Properties to see what each program does when it starts up automatically; if you don’t see an option for “Startup Type,” your startup program is probably not active by default.
- Click OK when you finish making changes to your list of startup programs.
9. Uninstall Unused Applications And Bloatware
As you use your laptop, you’ll probably come across some unnecessary or unused applications. You can easily uninstall them to save battery life using an application like CCleaner (free).
Don’t Install Unnecessary Apps. Once you have removed all unnecessary programs and games from your computer, it is essential to ensure that none of those programs is still running in the background.
This prevents unnecessary system resources from being used by these processes, which could extend the time it takes for your laptop’s battery life.
Hopefully, you have learned ways to extend/improve your laptop’s battery life.
It’s important to keep your laptop working optimally, so use these tips when dealing with the battery. It will help ensure that you have a long time on your device before it needs to be charged again.