Laptop Battery Life Tips & Buying
Purchasing advice and laptop battery life tips to maximize laptop battery life.
- Primary battery with max cells
- Additional spare battery
- Primary battery with max cells
Laptop Batteries 101
In today's mobile world getting
the most out of your
laptop battery is an important factor to consider. After all you will
need power to spare when on the go if you want to use your shiny new
17-inch screen and other cool features, right?
the vast improvements in battery technology we are still not quite
where the true mobile road warrior would like the industry to be, but
we are getting closer. Thanks to advanced power management features in
today's Intel and AMD processors and current Lithium Ion battery
technology it is not unheard of to see laptops claim 5 hours or more of
Do take note that the
claimed battery life is not exactly what you will receive out of your
notebook due to a number of real world factors. For example operating a
DVD drive will drain your laptop much faster than if you were strictly
Regardless of your
at least you can be thankful that today's laptops have substantially
longer run times than in the past. Also there are various tips
tricks that allow you to maximize laptop battery life performance even
further. You will find our tips here. Laptop Battery Tips &
to Consider - Cells and Weight
shopping for a notebook you will often see manufacturers list the
amount of cells contained within a laptop battery such as 6-cells and
A 9-cell battery for
example has fifty percent more capacity
over a 6-cell, but do keep in mind that more cells also increase the
batteries physical weight.
weight gain, we do recommend all you true on the go users purchase a
battery with maximum cells offered by your specific laptop.
insure that you achieve ultimate battery life without a recharge.
Running out of battery juice before you are ready isn't exactly a fun
purchase a battery with maximum cells if weight isn't an issue. In our
opinion the negligible weight increase is worth it. After all a laptop
is about mobility and without the laptop battery life to back it, you
might as well leave it at home, right? Purchasing a second battery is
another great idea if you want spare juice for times of need.
22 Laptop Battery Life
Saving Tips & Tricks
A collection of laptop
battery life savings tips.
your laptop screen
is one of the best and easiest ways to increase your laptop batteries
off your Wi-Fi
wireless and Bluetooth if not needed. Most laptops have
shortcut keys or
even a physical switch to quickly disable wireless networking. This is
another great quick way to increase battery run time.
your computers power
options. We like to choose a laptop power scheme that turns
notebook monitor and hard disk after ten minutes or less of inactivity.
speaker volume or even mute it all together if not in use. This is a
to gain a little extra juice.
scheduled tasks that you may have running in the background can
cycles and thus increase battery run time.
play computer games,
music CD's or DVD movies for multimedia activities drain laptop
quicker than ever. Save these activities to when your laptop is plugged
devices such as PC ad-in cards, USB devices and even optical drives.
the laptops touchpad instead of an external USB mouse.
auto-save features in your applications such as Microsoft Office can
some CPU cycles and additionally minimize hard drive usage to increase
possible run programs
off the internal hard drive instead of your laptops CD/DVD drive for it
typically consumes less power. Copying programs or music even
optical disk to the internal hard drive is a quick way to increase
your laptop is not
going to be used for an extended period of time such as a week or more
the battery from the laptop and store it by itself.
your laptop is very old it may have a nickel-metal hydride
this is the case completely drain and recharge the battery once a month
maximize its capacity to hold a charge.
the exposure of your
laptop battery to extremely high or low temperatures. Like humans
also have a comfortable operating temperature.
charge and discharge a new laptop battery pack before use especially if
the battery pack is the older style nickel-metal hydride type battery.
your laptop is always
plugged into a wall outlet or docking station it is better to run the
without the battery installed for it is not necessary to leave the
battery in a
constant state of charging. Better to save your
battery for when
you need it, such as when you are actually mobile.
before you go mobile can increase your laptop battery life run time. Your hard
operate more efficiently, thus reducing battery demands. Just
you don't defrag when you are running on the battery.
devices such as an Ipod, cell phone, mouse, etc. will increase battery
memory can in some cases increase laptop battery life run time. If your
constantly running out of physical (RAM) memory it will have to utilize
swap file which resides on the hard disk. If your system is
efficiently however (i.e. you do not receive virtual memory
the amount of memory you currently have, then increasing the memory in
case may actually reduce battery life since each memory module requires
your usage of the
CD/DVD drive for optical drives consume a ton of laptop battery
possible copy your music tracks or even movies to your local hard
We like to turn our disks into ISO/Virtual disk files and run them
virtual drive emulator such as Daemon Tools.
standby, standby still puts drain on your laptop's battery where
your computer into an off state.
sure your laptop
running cool for they operate more efficiently when running at a
operating temperature. If your laptop is used often and there
noticeable dust build up in the laptops vents, you should from time to
clean your laptop out with compressed air. Another great way to keep
laptop cool, especially in hot environments, is to use a cooler podium
the Cooler master cool pad.
Options. Set your screen and hard drive to go off after a few
and additionally make sure your system is set to go into standby and/or
If you don't mind a potential performance hit, setting your laptop to
"max battery" mode will run your laptops processors at its minimum
frequency giving you a nice increase in run time.
heavy tasks such as
gaming or other CPU intensive tasks like encoding music or
try if possible to simply limit your multitasking by working with one
at a time. Additionally keep to basic activities such as email and word
processing for they consume little CPU cycles to run thus putting less
your laptops battery.
Utilize laptop battery
saving power options such as Standby and Hibernate.
Standby puts your computer into a low power
state by storing all your open applications in memory.
Standby turns off your monitor and hard
drive, both heavy consumers of battery juice. Waking your computer from
is quick, and your desktop will be restored just the way it was before
your system into standby.
Hibernate is similar to standby in that it
allows you to quickly resume your windows session by restoring your
how it was before put into hibernation.
It differs however from standby because
everything is saved to your hard
disk instead of memory and thus no power is necessary with hibernation.
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