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How to conserve battery power of your laptop

It often happens with several mobile computer users that their devices run out of battery power during a class or a meeting. Battery power issues are things that always worry users. How much longer will the battery last, whether it will run out while waiting for an important email etc are questions we frequently consider or ask.

How to conserve battery power

There are a few strategies and tips for managing power more efficiently that are discussed below.

Optimize the power settings: You can choose a power plan that will extend the battery life of the PC. If you have a Windows 7 OS, you can click on the battery meter icon on the taskbar of the desktop. From the two options of ‘Balanced’ and ‘Power saver’, you can select ‘Power Saver’. Windows Vista, on the other hand, has three default power plans – ‘Balanced’, ‘Power saver’, and ‘High performance’. You can select either of them by clicking on the battery meter icon on the taskbar.

Make use of low-power states: There are different battery-saving states according to different versions of Windows, like the ‘Sleep’ or standby state, and the ‘Hibernation’ state. In a ‘Sleep’ state, the hard disk and display turns off and all the open programs are saved in RAM. So the work can be saved in standby mode and can be accessed later, because the information saved in RAM is cleared once the computer turns off. To put a computer in ‘sleep’ state, click on ‘start’ and then click on the arrow just next to the ‘Shut down’ tab; then click on ‘Sleep’. For getting it back up and running, press the power button on the computer. If you have a Windows Vista server, you can click the Power button after clicking on ‘start’. In a hibernation state, on the other hand, the open programs are saved to the hard disk and then the computer shuts down. When you switch it on again, the desktop is restored exactly as you left it. For putting the computer in this state, click on ‘start’ and select ‘Hibernate’ from the arrow next to the ‘Shut down’ button. In Windows Vista, click on ‘start’, click the arrow next to the lock button and select ‘Hibernate’.

Adjusting screen brightness: Dimming the screen or blanking it completely when it’s not in use is a good option for conserving battery. You can also reduce the amount of time the computer is idle for before the screen goes blank.

Turning off wireless: You can turn off the wireless connection if you are using the computer but are not connected to the Internet. Either you can remove the WiFi card or disconnect from your current network by accessing the Control Panel or the screen icon on the taskbar.

Other tips for conserving battery may include taking care of small things, like charging the battery as often as possible, avoiding watching a DVD or playing online games if you need to save battery, and adding memory (RAM) on the mobile PC.

How to Conserve Battery Power

Ever experienced running out of batteries in the middle of doing something important? Meeting maybe or a conference? Or you are in a flight that would take hours and ran low on battery in the middle of the flight? If you have, then no, there’s nothing wrong with your batteries, it’s just the normal limitation of a laptop battery as it can only serve you so long in each single charge. There is always a solution though for this dilemma, two of which would be to:

  • Bring an extra battery – so that when your current battery runs out, you will have a spare to get your laptop going for additional hours
  • Bring your power cord – so that in time that your battery is out, you can charge in the nearest outlet and continue using your laptop

However when these two are not available or not possible, there’s always tricks to lengthen the battery life of your laptop, here’s how:

  • Click on the battery logo ion your tray and Click on “Power Saver Plan” or you can do it via Control Panel – Power Saver Plan.
  • Choose a plan that will save you power – windows 7 offer two plans as default;
    • Balance – gives full performance and brightness display, but when the laptop is idle, it saves energy
    • Power Saver – if you want to extend battery life, this is the best plan of choice, but this will also give a lower display brightness and slower performance
  • You can also personalize the power plan according to your satisfaction and need.
    • Reduce brightness of display – the display is the most power consuming among all parts of the laptop, more than the hard drive itself. Some laptops have display brightness control button, to know if your laptop has one, check the manual or brochures given along with the laptop, or better yet, contact your manufacturer. You can also manually adjust the brightness by going to the Control Panel and on to the Power Options.
    • Hasten the time the Window’s dim and turns off the display – when the laptop is on idle, there is a certain amount of time allotted before the laptop dims or turns off display, in order to save energy, you can adjust the time and make it shorter, so that when your laptop goes idle, the monitor will dim and turn off.
  • You can also remove unused devices attached to the laptop such as USB. A lot or devices consumes power when it is attached to the computer. If you are in need to save power, unplug unnecessary items or optional devices such as mouse, and use the touch pad, USB flash drive, and other devices that will consume energy from your laptop.
  • Turn off wireless devices that are integrated and PC cards – these can also consume energy on your laptop that you want to conserve for a longer battery life.

Laptop Batteries can go a long way if done with tricks by turning off or lessening the things or devices needed in your computer and diverting it into basic functions to extend its life as far as it can stretch.

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