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Are you worried about your PC laptop’s battery life? You want to roam free around the room without having to plug your computer unless it’s absolutely necessary? Here are a few tips you can follow to max out the juice you can get out of your laptop’s battery before having to resource to the electric cord.

  1. Change your power plan. This is the easiest way to save battery life. On the bottom right corner, you can left click on the battery icon and go for the balanced option. Or, if you really feel like saving, right click on the icon and go to power options. There, you can choose a better power plan or make your own.
  2. Nowadays, most laptops have LCD screens. These are great because they allow a better definition and a sharper image, but they are responsible for 43% of your computer’s energy usage. Don’t worry though. There are ways you can save some battery life just by tweaking on your screen settings a little bit. First of all, adjust the screen brightness. Of everything you can tweak to improve your battery life, this one change alone can dramatically improve your battery life. Also, try to avoid any fancy screensavers that overuse the graphics capabilities of your laptop.
  3. Bluetooth and USB devices are also an unwanted power drain when extra minutes of battery life are precious. Each of these devices consumes power just by being enabled, and if you aren’t using them, you may as well disable them.
  4. Avoid overheating your computer.  Laptop batteries are always going to slowly lose their ability to charge over time, but when a laptop is constantly overheating or used in a very hot environment, your battery is going to die very quickly.
  5. Today’s laptops use Lithium batteries instead of nickel, but there’s a lot of incorrect information about how to charge or drain your batteries, so let’s set the record straight. Nickel batteries required being fully drained before a recharge to optimize your battery life, but Lithium batteries are the opposite—you do not need to fully discharge it before recharging, and in fact, if you fully deplete a lithium battery and don’t recharge for a while, it can become incapable of holding a charge.
  6. You’ll also want to make sure that your battery is not always fully charged. If your lithium battery is fully charged all the time, you will lose up to 20% of your capacity every year, no matter what you do. Make sure to discharge the battery sometimes, and if you spend most of your time plugged in at a desk, you would be better off running the battery down to half, and then simply removing the battery and storing it in a cool place.

Now that you are better informed, start taking actions towards a healthier computer. If it’s too late, We Are Here To Help You! Call Us Today!