Save Your Laptop Battery

Unplug devices from your laptop

Whether it is a USB device or a second monitor through VGA, any device that is plugged into your laptop eats battery because the device will require CPU to work in order to access the device. There are certain USB devices that consume a great deal of power, meaning they will drain the battery quickly. So, my friend, you should unplug the device you are not using. Never keep it plugged into the laptop. This will surprisingly save your battery.

Shutdown or activate sleep mode when not in use

You are working on your laptop. Suddenly, you have to go on an errand. If the charger is not connected, you should shut down your laptop or activate the sleep mode. This saves the battery. When you activate the sleep mode, your laptop will resume from the point you have left it before. On the other hand, if you shut down the laptop, it will go through the bootup sequence, which may consume a bit of power. So sleeping mode is the best option.

Activate power saver button

When you activate the power saver button on your laptop, the operating system of your machine adjusts software and hardware behavior to use less power from your machine. The power saver option has an ability to change the behavior of hard drive or CPU in such a way that it will be active only when it is required to perform certain functions. If not required, the hardware will remain inactive to conserve energy. My friend, activate power save option to save the battery of your laptop.

Turn off wireless and Bluetooth

Your laptop will always try to search for Bluetooth and wireless connections if you leave these functions active. So, if you do not need these connections, it is always better to disable these features. Doing so will certainly save your laptop battery.

Tips to Extend the Lithium-Ion Battery Life

Consider the Room Temperature Limits

Ideally, your room temperature should be 25 degrees max. If your lithium-ion battery is fully charged and exposed to a higher temperature, problems can happen. So, what you need to do is avoid leaving your battery in your vehicle if you have parked it in the sun. As a matter of fact, heat is the number one factor that may reduce the life of your lithium-ion battery.

Get a High-Capacity Pack

With the passage of time, batteries tend to deteriorate whether you use them or not. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that having a spare battery is not a great idea. Your spare battery won’t give you more power than the one you are using.

So, make sure you understand the aging characteristic prior to buying a lithium-ion battery. It’s better to buy a pack that’s recently manufactured. Another way is to opt for a higher-capacity battery.

Allow Partial Discharges

NiCad batteries have a charge memory but the lithium-ion batteries do not. This means is that you don’t need deep-discharge cycles. As a matter of fact, it’s better if the battery makes use of partial-discharge cycles.

However, there is an exception as well. According to battery experts, you should completely discharge a battery after 30 charges. Actually, what happens is that continuous partial discharges lead to a problem known as digital memory, which reduces the accuracy of the power gauge of the device. Therefore, you might want to allow the battery to discharge and then put it on charge. This process will recalibrate the power gauge.

Don’t Discharge it Fully

If you discharge a lithium-ion battery below 2.5 volts, the built-in safety circuit opens to stop the flow of charge. As a result, the battery looks like it has no charge. In this case, you can’t use the original charger. In this case, you need to use a battery analyzer that features the boost function to recharge the unit.

Aside from this, it’s not a good idea to recharge a deeply discharged unit if you have stored it for a long time like several months.

Store in a cool place at 40% charge

I had an additional battery for my laptop but it wouldn’t do better than the original battery. The reason is that the battery was stored fully charged. In this case, the oxidation rate of the battery was at its peak. It’s better to store this type of battery at 40% discharge in a refrigerator.