It's safe to say that each and every one of us has probably encountered a situation in which we planned to do some work on our laptop and the bettery died all of a sudden. Whether it’s on a flight, train ride or simply lying on your living room couch, the to need to stay connected has become a neccasity - laptops, amongthe rest - provide us exactly that. The only problem is how to keep your laptop running for a longer time without connecting it to a power port. We feel that a part of being a leading laptop battery distributor means we should provide useful tips that will help you squeeze more juice from your laptop battery and will educate you to properly use it.
- Manually set up your Windows power configuration options. Check out our Windows power configuration video guide to find out more.
- Turn the lights down low – If you know that you are not going to be near a power port any time soon, dim the screen’s light to the lowest level you can put up with. Your LCD screen is one of the biggest battery power consumers on your laptop.
- Basic is economical – Windows 7 and Windows Vista come with visual features like “Aero” which are big power consumers. Disable them in windows 7 by right click on your Desktop > Select Personalize > Select Windows 7 Basic Theme. In windows Vista, disable them by right click on your desktop > Personalize > Window color and appearance > click on classic appearance properties for more color options > Select Windows Vista Basic and click OK.
- If possible, increase the RAM of your laptop. This will cause your OS to reduce the load on its virtual memory which by default resides on your hard drive. Hard drives are also one of the biggest power consumers when it comes to laptops. Using your hard drive less means more battery life!
- Defrag regularly – this will help to arrange data in your hard drive in a more efficient way, thus resulting in less work for your hard drive and more battery juice for you.
- Monitor your scheduled tasks – While on battery, try to avoid them as much as possible, make sure they are scheduled to a time when you are near a power outlet.
- Shut down unnecessary services – Itunes, Msn messenger, Skype and even the MS-Word’s and Excel’s auto save functions add to your CPU load and hard disk writes. The result is less battery life. Close any service that isn’t crucial for you.