Better Notebook Battery Life

By: James Brown

It is an established fact for most electronic devices which boast of offering to get the job done with minimum effort at the least amount of time that this so called efficiency does not stay true if the battery is dead or empty. The advantages of technology work more effectively when the battery is up and at to support its functions. A weak battery for your laptop could be the thin line between failure and success in delivering that advertising presentation on that business meeting so be sure to take good care of your battery least you would want to be a soldier in battle who did not go through proper military training, now that would be disaster.

One way to minimize consumption of power and extending the life of your battery is to lower the brightness of your screen display. It is said that every level of brightness that is lowered is equal to almost ten minutes of battery life. The use of extra features such as ClearType fonts and other effects will also reduce the using up of power so you may want to opt out of these features when you want your battery to last longer. Cutting down on battery usage is simply a click away on the setting you have on your electronic notebook's control panel.

Speaking of disabling features, you may want to do the same for unused devices. You may want to forego of the following or perhaps make sure that they are disabled when you are not using them; these are the Wi-Fi radio, the Ethernet adapter, the Bluetooth radio and the infrared transceiver to name a few. It may surprise you to know that turning one on could make a great deal of difference to your power use.

The lesser activity you have on your hard drive, the lesser the power consumption. A good way to minimize the frequency of the spins your hard drive makes to access data is make sure to make it a habit to defragment your hard drive on a regular basis. The process supports the drive in finding data as quickly as possible.

Also check on your Window's paging file. The advice is to optimize this setting to the recommended 1.5 times of the capacity of the installed memory for both the initial and the maximum paging file size as this serves as the virtual memory if your RAM is already full.

Another consideration is your startup items. Each time Windows boots up, the startup items loads up the memory and as a result other applications that have been left open are then forwarded to the virtual memory. It follows then that the load of the CPU increases as well.

It is to be remembered that at the get go, your laptop's battery should have been charged to 100 percent after the purchase; after which, the battery should have been discharged completely and charged fully to 100 percent again. This process is done to establish and set up the amount of electrical charge that your notebook's battery can hold. A good advice is also to keep your batteries on a cool, dry place when not in use as high temperatures can damage them.

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