How to make your notebook battery last longer

How to make your notebook battery last longer

No matter how good your laptop battery is, new or used. No matter if A-ware (tested) or B-ware (untested). At some point, the time will come when the power will noticeably decrease. Increasingly, you will then need a power outlet to replenish your power bank. The individual charges take longer and longer and last less and less. Your battery is about to die and it’s time to get a new one.

Of course, as a user you wish that it never comes to this case if possible. The accumulators are to be had after all – depending upon model – not exactly favorably. And nevertheless it will be sometime so far. To make sure that this happens to you as late as possible and that this point in time is still as far away as possible, we have put together 5 valuable tips for you today on how you can significantly extend the life of your battery.

Tip 1: Keep it cool

What is sometimes true for us humans is also a good tip for rechargeable batteries in the strictest sense of the word at any time. Stay cool. Say: consistently avoid high temperatures. Too much heat is pure stress for your battery and reduces its lifespan considerably. So always make sure that all ventilation slots of your device are free of dust or other dirt and that there is enough space next to or behind the air vents so that the hot exhaust air can be discharged effectively.

Basically: never operate a notebook on a soft surface like a blanket or a pillow, but always on a hard surface. This is the only way to ensure sufficient air supply and exhaust at all times without any problems.

In addition to saving battery power, a cool system also improves performance, since modern processors have the ability to reduce the clock frequency when they get too hot. Here is the rule: If it gets too hot, the performance decreases.

Tip 2: Don’t go to the limit

It may seem tempting. Quickly type the last few lines of the email, watch the last 5 minutes of the movie just to the end. The battery indicator of your notebook has been blinking more and more frantically for a long time, but the battery will still hold out for a few minutes. As so often, the wish is the father of the thought and the battery does not last any longer. After 3 clicked away warnings from Windows, the laptop shuts down automatically and until the next connection to the socket, nothing works at all.

The good news: This security function of Windows is the very last reserve and serves to protect your battery. What many people do not know: A really complete and total discharge of a modern lithium-ion battery eats away at its potential life span quite considerably.

Symbol no longer a battery

The bad news: this feature is only included by default from Windows 7 onwards. Devices with older Windows versions still have to do without this protection. The preset reserve limit is usually 5% battery capacity, which is really the absolute minimum. A minimum limit of 8 to 10 percent is better. You can set this firmly as follows:

First, you left click on the Windows 10 start button, then type the 2 words "edit power plan" on your keyboard a. In the corresponding app, select "Change advanced energy settings" from. In the next window you will find in the tree menu under the item "Battery the entry "critical battery capacity". There you can adjust the critical value to your needs.

This way you are always on the safe side even under adverse conditions and don’t run the risk of your battery being damaged by deep discharge.

Tip 3: Remove battery during longer breaks

If you don’t want to use your laptop for a longer period of time, always remove the battery from your device in any case. A longer period of time is several days to weeks. The reason behind this is very simple. Even when the laptop is completely turned off, minimal currents flow inside the device, so-called leakage currents. This will slowly but steadily discharge your battery. In the worst case, the battery is then completely empty (see tip 1) when you want to use it again, but in any case you have lost a full charge cycle in the life of your battery.

However, it is important that the battery ideally still has between 50 and 80 percent of its charge when removed. Because: even a removed battery loses capacity.

If the battery has been removed for a longer period of time, it may take a few full charge cycles to reach its optimal performance again. So don’t panic immediately, if your battery awakes a bit hesitantly from its forced break. This behavior is quite normal. 2-3 complete charging cycles according to the scheme described above and your battery will be as fit as before.

Tip 4: Either mains or battery operation

Yes, you heard right. Your notebook can do both, but not at the same time. If you want to operate your device via the battery, then unplug it from the mains. The other way around: If you want to work on the mains, then remove the battery from the device.

Symbol socket with plug

This tip, which might seem ridiculous at first glance, has a very important meaning. Each battery only survives a certain number of charge cycles. It doesn’t matter how much the battery is charged during one charging cycle. If your battery is still almost fully charged (e.g. 90%) and you then operate your device with the battery inserted in mains operation, this will cost you a charging cycle, although the battery is de facto only charged by 10%. If the battery is fully charged, it will be discharged again (keyword: self-discharge) and the game starts all over again. The battery life of devices that are permanently connected to the mains will decrease very quickly without you noticing it.

So generally avoid mains operation when the battery is inserted. The best thing to do is to charge your device completely, disconnect the power cable and continue working in battery mode until the battery is completely empty again. When charging, also make sure that this is done without interruptions "in one go" occurs.

Tip 5: Delay charging cycles as much as possible

Just as important as avoiding unnecessary charging cycles, it is logical to extend the time between two such cycles as much as possible. The calculation is simple: The more time between 2 cycles, the longer the time until the last possible cycle is reached. But what is the easiest way to achieve this??

  • Consistently close or quit unneeded programs and functions
    Every program and every function that is executed in the background costs energy. So the rule is: close everything that you don’t use acutely. You are not surfing the internet? Then deactivate the WLAN and UMTS on your notebook. GPS and Bluetooth are by far not used permanently and can help to save power and thus extend the charging cycles.
  • Reduce screen brightness
    It’s as simple as it is effective: The brighter the screen shines, the more power is consumed. So quietly set a few levels darker.
  • Avoid multitasking
    Similar to the first point applies here. Every application consumes energy, so you should only leave those programs open that you actually need. This is rarely more than 2 or 3 programs at the same time. So avoid multitasking as much as possible.
  • Reduce volume
    The louder the loudspeakers sound, the more power they consume. The logical consequence: make it quieter and save the battery.
  • Sleep mode instead of "save energy use
    The two functions have a small but crucial difference. In the so-called "Save energy" From Windows 10, the computer stays on while in hibernation mode – after caching all data – it shuts down completely. Logically, this will result in the lowest power consumption when idle. So consistently use sleep mode instead of power saving to save your battery to the max.

Energy saving and battery saving made easy

Those were our 5 golden tips on how to save significant energy with your laptop on the one hand, and on the other hand treat your battery as gently as possible. If you take all the tips to heart, you will enjoy your battery for as long as possible and avoid having to buy a new one – which is usually expensive – for as long as possible.

What do you know for energy saving tips or tips to conserve the battery? Let us know!

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