Our dependence on laptops and smartphones are growing on daily basis. Despite the fact that technology has become so advanced, still battery lifetime is a concern to the majority of people. The moment that the battery of these devices run out, we find that our activity has stopped consequently until we recharge the batteries again. That explains why the battery lifetime is an important aspect when deciding to buy a new laptop or smartphone.
So, is there a way that we can increase the battery lifetime and preserve laptop battery health without being restricted to a power outlet?
The answer is yes, this could be done through making some adjustments in the setting and the operating system in addition to following some good habits. We don’t want to spend the whole day worrying about when we will have to recharge the battery of our devices again.
1- Adjust Screen Settings
Screen brightness and high resolution are among the most depleting factors of battery power, so any modification you make to reduce the pressure of these two factors will positively affect battery life.
Start with Brightness: Lower the screen brightness to a level that won’t stress your eyes, you can use keyboard shortcuts to simply do this. Some advanced adjustments can be made by going to the system settings in Windows, select «Display» to adjust the screen settings. For Mac OS X, you can choose “Display” from “System Preferences” to adjust the settings.
The turn off screen feature is available when the computer is not in use; Extra power. To set this option in addition to a group of other energy saving options, go to the “Power and Sleep” option on the “System Settings” interface in Windows, or “Energy saving” in “System Preferences” for the Macintosh system.
Other power saving settings in the same previous setup interfaces allow you to put the hard drive in sleep mode (it will take longer to wake it up, but this saves more energy), use USB ports in low power mode, and more. These mods won’t make much difference to you, but they do extend the battery life by enabling it.
If you are using the Windows operating system, you can use the special battery saving mode, which increases the time between charging the battery. It reduces program activity in the background and notifications, and automatically adjusts screen brightness as soon as the level drops below a certain point. You can enable this mode by clicking on the battery icon from the taskbar, and then selecting “battery settings” from the popup window.
Both Windows and Macintosh operating systems currently contain a “dark mode” feature, which can reduce battery power consumption as well, but only on laptops equipped with “OLED” screens (while LCD screens consume the same amount of energy to show black as white). While many smartphones are provided with OLED screens, there are only a few Windows laptops that are equipped with this type of screen. If your device has this type of screen; You will find the dark mode option under the “Personalization” and “Colors” options in the Windows Settings window.
2-Reduce the amount of work on the laptop
The more work a laptop does, the faster the battery will drain. This is why, when you are away from the power source, you should close any programs that may be running in the background, and not actually using them. If your laptop computer is running fewer applications, and you avoid programs that consume a lot of computer resources (such as games and video editing programs), then its battery should last longer.
Even if you stop all the applications that you don’t use, your internet browser still consumes a lot more battery power than you might actually think, so try as much as possible to avoid opening dozens of tabs at the same time. In addition, when you are browsing the Internet, avoid websites that broadcast or contain videos on their homepage, as they usually consume a lot of battery power, because they keep the screen constantly active, and it needs more power to process it.
Adjusting the volume can also make a difference. Active speakers that blare to music consume more power than silent speakers, or headphones. You can turn the volume down, or mute it completely to save more battery power.
Connecting to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also consumes battery power, although its consumption is relatively low. If you can disconnect the laptop from the Wi-Fi network and work without an Internet connection, and not use the wireless mouse and other peripherals; It will save more battery power. We’re not making major improvements here, but these simple things can extend battery life to the end of your workday.
3-Keep battery healthy
Lithium batteries naturally decrease in capacity over time, but if you handle your laptop battery properly, you will generally enjoy longer battery life.
Avoid working in extremely hot or very cold climates, as extreme temperatures lead to the deterioration of the battery’s health more quickly.
And not just the weather, running applications that strain the device (laptop) may generate excessive heat that damages the battery, and this brings us back to the idea of commitment to tasks, and lightweight applications when you are away from the power source. If you must run heavy applications, such as games or video editing software, consider using a cooling device for the laptop to dissipate heat more effectively, and to preserve the health of the computer’s battery so that it lasts longer.
There is still a debate among the technologists about the best way to recharge the batteries. One of the recent recommendations advices to charge the battery when it reaches a certain low level; Better in the long run than waiting until it’s fully charged again. However, you still need to fully discharge the battery at least once a month. It is also preferable to disconnect the computer from the socket after the battery is full, rather than leaving it permanently connected.
Finally, if you haven’t used your laptop for a while; Apple and other computer companies recommend leaving the battery with a charge level of at least 50%, because leaving it fully charged or discharging it completely for a long period of time because it could permanently harm it.