Despite laptops and phones having many advantages, they do not have an unlimited battery life. Many users would be more than pleased to make it through the day hoping that night recharges would last. Various factors significantly reduce endurance of devices. These factors include faster processors, brighter and larger screens, software running in backgrounds and thinner designs that offer less space for batteries. The tips discussed below will help you understand how to extend battery life.
1) Identify what is draining your battery
It is important to identify how much of your battery the different applications and features consume. Once you know which features or applications you do not need, you can turn off or uninstall them
2) Minimize your Facebook, email and Twitter polling
Messaging applications can be set to manual for the refresh frequency or polling. This should extend battery life. For messaging services that are very important, you can enable the important ones and try reducing their polling frequencies
3) Turn off unnecessary hardware
Whether it’s a desktop or laptop, you do not need all hardware active. For instance, Bluetooth, radios and Wi-Fi can be turned off when not in use. Every component in a computer requires power to function. This does not mean that each component has to be on at the same time. You can begin by removing irrelevant peripherals such as external drives or a USB mouse. Other features you can turn off include unused optical drives and graphics processors.
To disable unused devices, open control panel and find device manager. Individual components are usually grouped by category.
4) Use power saving mode
Using power saving mode will limit the amount of battery used hence extending battery life by a few hours. The power saving mode will initiate changes that increase battery life. The profile works by adjusting the computer’s settings into lower power states that ration the use of remaining battery power.
5) Try trimming software running in the background
Any application running in the background that is not needed can be stopped.
6) Reduce widgets and live wallpaper
The fact that widgets appear to be inactive does not mean that they do not consume power. Live wallpapers and screen savers tend to reduce battery life. In this case, you can remove the ones not required.
7) Reduce brightness
The screen is necessary when using a laptop but does not have to be at 100% brightness. The brightness can be adjusted in the computer’s control panel. Reducing brightness to fifty percent should add some time to battery life. Furthermore, you can reduce screen resolution in order to reduce the power required in graphics processing
8) Update applications
Updating applications allows them to use less power. Some applications will update automatically but others will require manual installation of updates.
9) Simplify your activities
Multitasking is recommended when you have sufficient power. Having many programs running at the same time puts a great load on the processor hence drawing more power. To extend battery life you will need to use one application at a time. This will extend battery life significantly.