Conserve Your Laptop Battery Power


Are you getting the most out of your battery?


This question was answered on September 30, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Your mobile device is only as good as the battery powering it At least that’s the way most mobile computer users see it Batteries do die eventually, but here are some tips for delaying the inevitable:

1. Check your battery to make sure it’s holding a charge First, completely charge the battery, turn the computer off, unhook the battery, and finally perform a test on the battery by pressing a button or look at a small display depending on the manufacturer.

2. Stay offline when possible Network communications require power just like everything else a computer does.

3. Unhook any unused USB devices when not in use.

4. Clean out any unnecessary background processes running in Windows.

5. Change the screensaver to the Blank Screen option Colorful, busy screensavers make more work for your computer’s biggest power eater… your monitor.

6. Don’t schedule anti-virus scans while the computer is on battery power Your hard drive and processor will require significant power while it scans every file.

7. If you’re not doing so already, put the computer to sleep or in hibernation when not in use.


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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on September 30, 2005