5 Useful Ways for Longer Your Laptop’s Battery Life | Battery Technology

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December 22, 2011
5 Useful Ways for Longer Your Laptop's
Battery Life | Battery Technology
5 Useful Ways for Longer Your Laptop's Battery
Brightness buttons will be marked with a sun icon.
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To lower your screen's brightness, you'll need to
press the button with a down arrow repeatedly,
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Tip 2: Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Another way to save power is to switch the Wi-Fioff
when you're not using it, as leaving your connec-
tion on can sap batteries life. As with brightness
controls, most laptops have a dedicated switch or
a Fn Key that can be used to disable or enable the
wi-fi. Check for a button labelled `wi-fi' or one with
an icon that looks either like a radio mast or like
the signal bars on a mobile phone. Bluetooth is also
worth keeping an eye on, as it's often on even when
it's never used.
Tip 3: Move to a better power setting
Few things are more annoying than the battery low
alert popping up on your laptop when you least ex-
Your laptop should automatically switch to a more
pect it. Funny how it always happens at the worst
conservative power plan whenever your PC is
possible time - in the middle of finishing an im-
running on Acer aspire 6935g battery power, but
portant document for instance or perhaps while
it's worth checking this. In both Windows 7 and
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Vista, click Start, type Power Options and click
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sun. To avoid this annoyance, read on for five ways
the Power Options entry that appears.If the High
to extend your laptop's battery life:
Performance option is selected, change this to Ba-
lanced. The Power Saver option will reduce batteries
Tip 1: Lower the brightness
usage further, but may affect overall performance.
In Windows XP, similar options can be found by
The most effective way to reduce the rate of your bat-
going to Start > Control Panel > Performance and
teries power consumption is to lower the brightness
Maintenance > Power Options.
of your laptop's screen. This is usually done via a
dedicated button or the Function Key (Fn Key) which
Select Max Battery for the lowest power usage.
doubles up as a brightness button when holding
the arrow keys.
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In Windows 7 and Vista, click Start, type Power
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the Turn off the display and Put the computer to
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to the Hard disk entry, then click the plus sign next
to Turn off hard disks and set a lower time to stop
your PC's hard drive.
Tip 5: Shut down desktop gadgets
Windows 7 and Vista lets you run useful mini-pro-
grams called Gadgets, such as weather tickers, di-
rectly from the desktop. Shutting them down can
help your laptop battery last longer. In Windows
Vista, right-click anywhere in the Sidebar (usually
on the right of the screen) and select Close Sidebar.
In Windows 7, close individual Gadgets by moving
your mouse over a gadget and click the X that ap-
pears. To reinstate your Gadgets in Vista, right click
the Sidebar icon in the Notification Area and select
Open. In Windows 7, right-click the desktop and
select Gadgets, then drag and drop them onto your
desktop.
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Bonus Tip: Unplug your laptop when fully-
charged
When your laptop is fully-charged and turned-off,
leaving it plugged-in to the mains has a debilitating
effect on the long-term life of the battery. Over time
all batteries lose a portion of their capacity and need
to be replaced, but avoiding this mistake will maxi-
mise the battery's lifetime.
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