See tips to optimize your Notebook battery
Notebooks became part of people’s routine for a long time, larger computers became obsolete and notebook sales started to grow a lot. With that, a lot of people started to have a notebook, initially people are very careful of the world, but with the passage of time and relaxation, we have some attitudes that leave the battery of your notebook lower.
By far, the biggest power consumption on most laptops is the screen. Or, to be more specific, the backlight of the screen. This is what allows you to see colors on an LCD screen, and some older laptops have a fluorescent backlight that consumes a lot of energy. Modern laptops have LED backlights, but even these use a fair amount of juice.
Reducing the screen brightness can add 30 minutes or more to the battery life. Virtually all laptops have keyboard shortcuts to adjust the brightness. Normally, you hold down the Fn key and press one of the function keys on the top line or one of the cursor keys. In both cases, they will be labeled with symbols of the sun. The one with the outline of a sun is the only one to use to make the screen darker.
If your laptop doesn’t have or doesn’t work, open the Windows 10 action center by holding down the Windows key and pressing A. There should be a brightness slider at the bottom. If you have an older version of Windows, press Win + X, which will open the Mobility Center, where you can change the brightness.
Configure power options
By default, your laptop may be set to Windows ‘Balanced’ configuration, instead of Power Saver. On the Control Panel, look for Power Options and check which power plan is selected. Don’t forget that Windows uses different power and performance settings, depending on whether it is running on the mains or on a battery.
You should find a battery saving option, and it is simply a case of selecting it and closing the window. Otherwise, click on ‘Show additional plans’. If there is still nothing, you can customize a power plan by clicking Change plan settings next to a profile. You should set the screen to turn off after a few minutes and put the laptop to sleep if nothing seems to happen after five or 10 minutes.
If you delve into the advanced power settings, you can adjust things to your liking, defining when the system hibernates and which components should use their maximum power saving profiles (including, on some laptops, the video card and the Wi adapter -Fi). In Windows 10, there is a toggle button to activate battery saving mode. This works like a phone and limits background activity, such as sending email.
Disable functions you are not using
If you are not using them, disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Both radios can use battery power, so it makes sense to disable them. Most laptops have a combination of keys or keys to disable Wi-Fi, but Bluetooth can be more complicated. If you have Windows 10, it’s simple: just open the Action Center (Win + A) and click on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons to disable them.
On older laptops, some manufacturers provide a utility (usually obvious from the Start menu) to enable or disable Bluetooth, but if in doubt, you can go to the Device Manager in the Control Panel, scroll through the hardware list until you find o Bluetooth Adapter, right-click and choose Disable. (Double-clicking it when disabled must activate it again.)
Use an SSD
Mechanical hard drives, which are still common in laptops, require more watts to rotate their dishes than a solid-state drive that has no moving parts. In addition to a small improvement in battery life with this update, an SSD will also make your laptop much more responsive.
Manage your memory
If you are the type that has 10 or even 20 tabs open in your web browser, you will benefit from longer battery life by selecting these tabs. The same goes for running many applications at the same time. When you run a lot of programs or have a lot of photos open in an editor, you will use up all of the system’s free memory. Anything extra needs to be ‘paged’ on the hard drive, which, as we said, is a mechanical device on many laptops.
This not only slows down your computer, it also increases battery life. A quick solution is to install more memory on your laptop, but keeping programs and tabs open to a minimum is another way. Did you like these tips? Use and abuse them and see the difference in your battery.
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