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How to use efficiently you laptop battery

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We all are aware with the fact that the battery life is shortened or reduced by constant charging and discharging. In fact, charging capacity may diminish approximately 50% after two years of repeated daily changing and discharging. This may happens to a notebook PC that is always connected to an AC adapter, typically in home use. So far the battery degradation is concerned; it is slow downed by limiting battery charge up to 80% of capacity. This may help the function to extend the battery life about 1.1/2 times longer.

It all depends as to how you are using your laptop battery you can make your laptop run longer on its battery by turning off or reducing all the things that expend power in your computer. If you are moving on a long trip, or just taking your laptop to a target destination, use these tips to help your laptop’s battery power last longer.

  1. Always try to switch off the wireless card if you do not plan to access your network or Internet connection.
  2. Be careful and turn the volume level down, or mute it, if you are not using it.
  3. Try to reduce the LCD’s brightness level. If you using your laptop in a well lit area or outdoors on a sunny day, better try to set it at two or three bars.
  4. Disable Bluetooth. If you are not using this device, you can safely disable it to avoid draining your laptop’s battery.
  5. Learn to single-task. PC memory that is in-use takes more power to hold data.
  6. Run simple applications and avoid using much RAM, disk drive or processing power.
  7. Avoid extreme temperatures.
  8. Use the power management settings on your computer that come built in.
  9. Unplug external devices such as a USB mouse or an external drive.
  10. Shut down or hibernate the laptop rather than using standby
  11. Clean your battery contacts.
  12. Keep the battery fresh. Batteries leak power if they aren’t used fairly soon after charging.
  13. Defrag your hard drive.
  14. Optical drives consume large amounts of power to spin up CDs and DVDs. Better to avoid applications that keep your hard drive or optical drive spinning.
  15. Turn off unused ports
  16. Create Power-Saving Hardware Profiles.
  17. Use a cooling pad when using a notebook computer on your lap.
  18. Avoid propping your laptop on blanket, pillow, or other soft surface that may heat up.
  19. If your laptop has an OLED based display, try to avoid displaying white images as OLED screens may consume a lot less power displaying blank.
  20. Eject external devices such as hard disks, pen drives, DVDs, etc., if not in use.

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