3 ways to boost your laptop’s battery performance
You urgently need to use your laptop only to realize that the battery is almost dead. To make matters worse, you may not have your power adapter with you or the place has no available outlet. Huh! Frustrating cannot even begin to describe the situation.
The lithium batteries fitted in laptops today are not durable. They wear off so quickly. However, while wearing off cannot be avoided, there is a way the inventible can be delayed.
Techniques that can be used to stretch battery life for laptops
Short term strategies
It is important to note that, these techniques will not increase life. Instead, they will give you time to send that pressing email before the battery dies.
1. Activating the battery to eco or saver mode
The Eco or battery-saver mode will prompt several changes to the laptop. It will shift the computer to lower power status enabling you to finish up on some chores.
Besides activating the battery –saver mode, there are a few other thing that needs to be done in the bid to improve efficiency:
- Turn off unnecessary devices
- Adjust settings that will reduce power consumption
- Closing unwanted processes and apps
- Adjusting activities so that less power is used
2. Disabling unused devices and ports
One of the easiest ways of reducing power consumption is to turn off stuff that is not necessary at that time. It may be the music player. Turn off the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and any external drives.
Before disabling, always ensure that the device is not in use and disabling it will not affect any computer process. For instance disabling the operating system will cause entire the computer to shut down.
How to disable unused devices on laptops that run on Windows
- Open the system control panel
- Find the device manager
- On the device manager, you will find that individual components are usually grouped in categories. Under network, you have a feature such as LAN.LAN provided wireless connections and Ethernet connectivity.
- Right click on the device that you want disabled. There is a ‘Disable’ function for that.
Lastly, turn off any processes and apps that may be stealing the juices from your battery. It is only the hardware that is responsible for reduced battery power. Softwares running behind the scenes contribute greatly too.
Windows>system trays> select display hidden icon
Using the task manager is another option
3. Press CTRL+ ALT+ DEL or CRTL+SHIFT+ESC
4. Select task manager from menu
5. Once there, select apps that are running and may not be necessary
6. Go to processes tabs. This will show what process are currently running
7. Disable whatever is not needed.
For Mac users:
System preference> User and Groups>Login Items
Delete the power –hungry programs that are not needed.
Multitasking drains the battery as long as one does not have full power. Running several processes at once puts great pressure on the processor thereby drawing more power.
Tips on how to simplify
- Stick to one application at a time. Avoid using resource –intensive programs.
- Single tasking: Finish one activity before embarking on additional ones. Type that Word document first. Listen to music later.
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