I have a great laptop now, and I used to have another prior to this one. Unfortunately I killed my battery’s life on my first laptop. Now I use extra precaution on my new computer. Here are a few tips that have really been saving my battery’s life for this laptop.
Don’t Leave it on the Charger: Don’t leave your laptop charging all the time. I learned this the hard way, and my old laptop ended up being a computer that wasn’t portable anymore; I had to keep it on the charger all of the time, otherwise it would die right away. Thankfully I know better now. Once you hit 100%, take it off.
Charge Up, then Discharge: Wait until your computer is all the way discharged, then plug your charger in it, get it fully charged, then take off your charger again and repeat the same process. Do you sometimes forget that your charger is plugged in? One thing I used to do before I drilled the idea of unplugging my computer’s charger, was open up a blank document and keep it minimized. Then when I was done on the computer and closing out of everything, the document would catch my eye, and I’d read: “Unplug Charger!” It’s an effective method and a great way to make yourself remember. I did it so many times, that now I don’t have to.
Choose Power Saver: There are options you can choose for how bright you want your computer. Most new laptops come with this option as fully lit, but that’s a way to drain your battery much faster. Go into your control panel, or access this option through the batter/charger icon and choose the option “Power Saver.” If you have a laptop like my Dell, then you’ll have to create the option yourself, and choose the lowest point of light that you can stand when your laptop is off the charger.
Turn off Wifi: When you don’t have to be on the internet, turn your wifi off. This will definitely keep your batter going longer.
Disable Wireless Card: If you have a wireless card in your computer, disable it when you’re not going using it.
Avoid Playing: Did you know that simply playing a DVD, CD, or a game can really drain your battery’s life? Avoid playing any of these on the computer. If you have an actual DVD player or CD player, use that instead, and give your laptop’s battery a break.
Keep Your Volume Down: Keeping your volume up at high a level can decrease the life of the battery, so mute it when you don’t need it, and keep it as low as you can while still being able to hear it when you need to play a video or a recording.