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Extending Battery Life

Battery life is one of the most important aspects of laptops. The longer the battery life, the longer productivity.  Battery life depends on many factors—power settings, which components are in use, how the laptop is being used, the components used in the system, the power scheme settings, the kind of work being done and the physical size of the battery itself are just some examples.

There are things you can do to preserve battery power. Adjusting the Windows Power Management settings is one way you can do it. Here’s some specific tips:

Select the Power Saver power scheme by clicking on the battery icon in the system tray in the lower right corner.  Power Saver profile setting is about reducing power draw.

Dim your display when possible. Display is the single largest power draw on the system – this will help extend battery life. In some circumstances.

Turn off your wireless if you don't plan on using internet.

Turn off bluetooth if you are not using it.

PC memory that is in-use takes more power to hold data. Also, using more memory might mean using more swap or virtual memory space on your laptop's hard drive. All of this puts an additional drain on your laptop's battery. Instead of leaving multiple applications and windows open, use only what you need at any given time.

Unplug external devices such as a USB mouse or a USB hard drive.

Defragment your hard drive. The more fragmented your hard drive is the more your hard disk needs to work.

Close your browser if you are not using it.  Even if your not using it the internet is still running in the background getting lot's of information.

Avoid using a CD or DVD.  If you store a copy of data you need on an optical disc, copy it to your laptop's hard drive.  Optical drives consume large amounts of power to spin up CDs and DVDs.

Also keep in mind some activities such as CPU-intensive tasks like video encoding, streaming video, and playing games will shorten the battery run time.

If your battery no longer holds charge or does not last very long - contact Hex Computer Solutions in Edinburgh for laptop battery replacements.