These days, laptops are used by most people as an alternative to desktop due to reasons such as portability and ease of use. There are additional features in laptops such as Webcam, Bluetooth, inbuilt Wi-Fi, etc.
However, laptops come with one disadvantage and that is the battery life. There are some tips and tricks to increase the battery life of laptops.
Here are some tips that will help in increasing the battery life of your laptop before you resort to replacing your laptop's battery.
Adjust the settings of your laptop
The very first thing to do to improve the battery life of your laptop is to tweak the settings a little, especially when you are using keyboard and mouse.
The keyboard backlight will consume a lot of power. So ensure the backlight of the keyboard is on only when you are using the laptop in the dark. Also, adjust the brightness of the screen based on your needs.
Turn on the power saver mode setting
The power saving mode will adjust the device to function in low power mode. In this mode, your laptop will use low power and its battery life will be improved to some extent.
Disable unused ports and devices
It is a simple way to enhance the battery life of your laptop. Disable the devices that are not in use such as external drives, USB mouse, etc. Also, ensure that the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned off when not in need.
(Note: Remember not to disable the basic devices that are needed for the functioning of the laptop).
Disable unwanted apps and processes
Another way to improve the battery life of your laptop is to turn off the unwanted apps and processes as a few apps will consume the processor power and add more load on the processor.
As the processor is stressed with a lot of loads, the battery will be used excessively. You can control these from the Task Manager.
Remember that multi-tasking will run two or more apps and processes simultaneously adding more load to the processor and consuming a lot of the battery power. So, close the unused tasks to reduce the multi-tasking that you are doing.
Hibernate is better than Standby
Standby mode will save the battery power to some extent, but it will not reduce the power consumption completely. So, you need to Hibernate your laptop.
The Hibernate function will shut down the system completely and save the battery life significantly.
Clean the laptop's battery contacts
You need to clean the laptop's battery contacts regularly to let better charging of the battery. It will also ensure a better power transfer to the laptop increasing the laptop's battery life.
(Note: Use alcohol or white petrol to clean the laptop's battery contacts)
Say no to overcharging!
This is something that many people ignore. Once the laptop is charged fully, unplug the charger. Overcharging the battery will damage it and the other system components as well.
Increase the System RAM
RAM affects the battery life of your laptop. If there is lesser RAM, then the apps that require more RAM will use the virtual memory for which access to the hard drive is necessary.
Eventually, this will increase the power consumption. So, have necessary RAM to reduce the usage of virtual memory and enhance the battery life.