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How To Extend Laptop Battery Life
Are you not satisfy with your
laptop battery backups?
Here are few steps to extend
your
laptop battery backup.
Adjusting your power
settings:
To take advantage of power -
saving features the
manufacturer has built into
your laptop, you’ll want to
consult your user manual, as
they vary from one machine to
the next.
But you can also give
battery life a significant boost
by tweaking the power options
in your operating system.
How To Extend Laptop
Battery Life
Window Vista
Windows Vista gives you
control of how your laptop
manages power by bundling
various hardware and system
settings into three default
power-plan options:
Balanced offers full
performance when you need it,
but conserves power when
your laptop is idle.
Power saver
gives the biggest
boost for extending battery
life, but results in lower
performance.
High performance maximizes
system performance at the
expense of battery life.
Switching between plans is
a simple two- step process:
1. Click the battery meter icon,
located in the notification area
on the Windows taskbar.
2. Select one of the three
default power plans: Balanced,
Power saver or High
performance.
Window XP
Windows XP offers two power
schemes designed for laptops
and other portable PCs:
The Portable/Laptop power
scheme minimizes power use to
conserve battery life, but
adjusts as your processing
needs change so system speed
isn’t sacrificed.
The Max Battery power scheme
also minimizes power use but
doesn’t adjust to changing
processing demands.
This setting is meant for
situations
requiring minimal processing,
such as reading documents or
taking notes.
How To switch from the
Portable/Laptop power
scheme to Max Battery
1. Click Start, and then click
Control Panel.
2. In Control Panel, verify that
you’re in Category view, and
then click Performance and
Maintenance.
3. In the Performance and
Maintenance window, click
Power Options.
4. On the Power Schemes tab of
the Power Options Properties
dialog box, click the arrow
under Power Schemes, and then
click Max Battery.
5. Click OK.
Care and maintenance of
your battery
There are a few best practices
that can help in preserving
battery life:
- Keep your laptop battery out
of extreme heat.
- Clean the battery with dry
cloth, especially at the metal
connectors.
- Defrag your hard drive
regularly so it runs efficiently.
- Clean your battery contacts
with rubbing alcohol
periodically.
- Use Hibernate mode rather
than Standby mode.
- When plugged in to the AC
outlet for a long period of time,
Take out the battery from the
system.
- Fully discharge the battery
once a month by unplugging
the AC power cord.
After that,
charge it again completely.
Saving power on the fly Here are
some quick things you
can do for short-term gain
when you suddenly realize you
don’t have enough juice to last
through a meeting or plane
ride:
- Dim your display; the less
brightness the less power
consumption.
- Close down unessential
programs and keep graphics
use to a minimum.
- Remove devices you aren’t
using, such as a USB flash drive
or a DVD.
Now enjoy your battery lasting
for long.



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