There are lots of reasons to love your laptop, which makes taking care of it all the more important. One of the biggest worries for laptop users is battery life, because there’s nothing worse than having your laptop die just when you need it most. We’ve gathered a few tips to help extend the life of your laptop battery to keep your device up and running as long as you need it.
1. Battery Saver Mode
Also known as “Eco Mode” this setting on your computer automatically reduces the amount of power your laptop needs to run. It does so by turning off certain programs and settings that may normally run in the background to free up more juice for the task at hand before your machine dies. It will also help to reduce things like screen brightness or the backlight on your keyboard.
2. Unplug Unnecessary Devices
Even if not in use, additional accessories plugged in to your computer can drain your battery faster than usual. When in power save mode, unplug things like your wireless mouse or external drive. This will help reduce the number of things pulling power from your machine, since maintaining the wireless connection to those accessories can suck up the limited battery power you have.
3. Stop Multi-Tasking
While it’s tempting to try and maximize your remaining battery life by tackling several items at once, that will actually drain your battery faster. Instead, refrain from multitasking and complete one project at a time. Try and reduce your workspace to one window or program where possible and close programs as you finish working on them. It takes a lot of power to run several things at once and you’ll get more life out of your battery by focusing on one thing at a time.