If you have a laptop, then you know how convenient it is. You can take it anywhere, and do some work, play some games, or chat with your friends. One of the good things about many places you see people using laptops these days is that you can usually find an electrical outlet to plug into. That’s great if you can find it, but sometimes you can’t.
For those time that you do need to depend on your battery, you need to pay careful attention to your battery life. If your battery dies while you are in the middle of an important conversation, or if you have several files open that aren’t saved, then it can cause some serious trouble. And if you happen to be talking to somebody and get cut off, they may take it the wrong way and get angry at you.
There are few things you can do to maximize your battery life. These can help you avoid those embarrassing situations, and keep you from losing any unsaved work. Of course, there’s that little battery monitor in the bottom corner of your screen, but it’s easy to forget about it until your screen goes blank.
The first key to is to be aware of your power options, which can be found through the control panel on Windows machines. They have several settings. One is specifically for extending battery life. It slows down your processor speed a little bit, but stretches your battery life out a bit longer. Just be sure to switch it back into maximum speed mode when you’re back and connected to an AC power source.
Another way to save battery time is to go easy on the processor and memory dependent software. Try and keep as few applications open as possible, and try to avoid using video at all costs. Video is a huge drain on system resources, and eats up your battery in a hurry. Streaming video, streaming music, and games are all resource intensive activities that should be minimized.
It’s also important to keep in mind that if you keep using and recharging your battery, each subsequent charge will last a few moments less. Most batteries are good for about a year or so of constant use before they need to be replaced. One option to keep in mind is to have a couple backup batteries handy, in case you’ll be doing some important computing away from any power sources, like a lecture hall or while traveling.