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Tricks to make your laptop battery last longer

May 19, 2018
Tips to save your laptop battery.

In this post you will find some tricks so that the your laptop battery lasts much longer: from settings inside the equipment to outside. ENTERS!

 

 

WE START:

The autonomy of conventional laptops It is still a pending issue, although it is true that manufacturers are increasingly offering better benefits so that battery life is longer. There we have for example Microsoft Surface Book i7, with up to 16 hours of "official" autonomy, or the ASUSPRO B9440, with up to 10.

But make no mistake, models like these of the latest generation are not within the reach of all pockets and it is likely that the laptop you have or are thinking of purchasing will not have as much autonomy.

Also, be that as it may, it doesn't hurt to know some simple tricks so that whatever your battery life is, you can get the most out of it and do not stay in the red at the most inopportune moment, especially if you are a professional with great mobility and you do not always have a plug nearby.

Whether it's a Windows or a Mac, applying a couple of adjustments to the computer's configuration and adopting a couple of habits, you won't need to connect it for much longer. Take note:

7. Adjust display settings

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If in your laptop runs Mac OS XTo configure the screen, go to "System Preferences" (the gear icon) and click «Screens ». Once inside you will see the brightness regulator and the option to adjust it automatically. Like is logic, lower brightness less battery consumption, although it is not about going blind, but about adapting it to the lighting conditions you have in each case.

You can adjust the screen brightness using a keyboard shortcut: Command + F5 or F6 (depending on how you want more or less brightness). Another way to reduce the power consumption of your display is to set it to turn off after it has been inactive for a while. To do this, go back to "System Preferences" and click on "Energy Saver" (the light bulb next to "Displays").

There you will see a time bar to manage when you want the screen to turn off, as well as additional functions that can also help you increase the battery life of your laptop, such as dimming the screen slightly when the equipment is not plugged into a source or setting the time of day you want the equipment to turn off and on.

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Additionally, you have the option of putting your hard drives to sleep so that the hard drive motor shuts down when you're not reading or writing files to the drive. Although this option is not recommended if you have an internal or external drive other than SSD and you use apps that work better if they have continuous read and write access to the hard drive.

If your computer is Windows, go to «Start" to enter «Setting" and then enter "System". In the left column you will see several options related to the screen.

To configure the energy saving, click on "Start / Shutdown and sleep". Here you can do several things: adjust how long you want the screen to stay on until it turns off due to inactivity and customize a power plan based on how you use your laptop. In "Additional energy settings" you can choose between a "Balanced" or "Economizer" plan.

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6. The keyboard illumination

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Although less than that of the screen, keyboard illumination also consumes battery. Both Mac and Windows (on those computers that light up) have in "System tools" or in "Setting" the ability to adjust the keyboard backlight, which well thought is only useful in very low light conditions.

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It is recommended that the keyboard lighting is always disabled, and resort to it only when necessary.

5. Watch your way of browsing

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It's difficult but try to avoid opening dozens of tabs while browsing the internet. Browsers consume more battery than you might think, and depending on how you use them, you will have more or less autonomy.

If you can avoid the websites of streaming video such as Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime Video since they keep the screen constantly active and require a very high consumption of system resources and processor power, which will have a very negative effect on the battery life of your laptop that will be reduced drastically.

4. Speakers off

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If you are one of those who usually work with background music (see Spotify), this is not going to appeal to you: Active speakers consume battery power and so do any external sound devices you plug in (headphones).

If you're a music lover and can't work without music, at least turn down the volume, this way you won't minimize the impact of music playback on battery life. And if possible use wired headphones, you will continue to consume battery but the consumption will be much less than with external bluetooth headphones or speakers.

3. Don't turn off the laptop

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Instead of shutting down your computer when you leave it idle, forcing it to boot up again every time you return to it, leave it to sleep or hibernate. That way the applications and systems will already be charged and will not pull so much battery.

Doing so is very simple, you just have to close all active applications and sessions and close the laptop lid (this is usually the default setting). It is a practice that many think is harmful, but it is not, actually its impact is very positive for battery life.

2. Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth

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Disconnecting the WiFi is likely to be impossible because you depend on it to work. At least make sure that the Bluetooth connection (much less useful) is deactivated, because otherwise it will be looking for networks and devices in the environment, wasting your battery.

If you can, dispenses with wireless peripherals (mouse, keyboard), especially if you don't have a socket nearby to power your computer's battery. Although these devices have greatly optimized their energy consumption in recent years, they are still small battery guzzlers that it is preferable to avoid as much as possible.

1. Take care of the battery

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There is certain debate around when it is more convenient to charge our laptop for take maximum care of the battery. Although these increasingly manage energy better, it is advisable not to wait for them to discharge completely before plugging them into a power outlet, and not even waiting for them to reach the 100% to disconnect them.

This type of full charges are recommended, according to some manufacturers such as Apple, only sporadically (for example, once a month).

Another obvious (though not always respected) tip is do not leave the notebook continuously plugged in when the battery is full. If you are not going to use the equipment for a while, it is better to leave it with the battery somewhat charged, but not empty or full, if you want to prolong its life and not damage it.

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