We have all been there, caught up in a piece of work, absorbed in hitting that deadline, only for the battery indicator to flash that you are nearly out of power.

As we are all using our laptops more for work, extending battery life is critical when working from home or on the road. Who wants to be constantly carrying a charger or being in the range of a plug socket?

So here we outline some easy tips on how to extend the life of your battery.

Activate your laptop’s battery saver.

When you get a new laptop, it is essential that you switch on your laptop’s battery saver. This will give you a few options to automatically conserve energy such as how long it takes for your computer to go to sleep when not in use, switching WIFI off when not in use, and putting hard drives to sleep when possible. It should also indicate which applications are using the most energy.

Remove External Devices

As with any computer, there may be a device that you need to use to be productive, such as an external drive or a USB mouse. Any external device will consume power while connected, so only plug in essential devices when running on battery and remember to disconnect them when no longer needed.

Adjust your power settings

One of the biggest drains on battery power is the brightness of the screen and backlit keyboard.  Obviously, you need to see what you are doing without straining your eyes but if you can turn the brightness down by 50% when running on battery power, it can extend its lifetime significantly.

Finally, turn the sound off or down, especially if you don’t need it. If you are listening to audio with earbuds via your computer, ensure the Bluetooth and relevant apps are switched off once finished.

Close unused applications

With us all reliant on certain applications to do our jobs, it’s easy to open one and then open another as we flip between tasks. But a good practice to follow is to close apps as soon as you have finished with them to save on battery power. Also closing any web browser tabs that are no longer required will both save power and speed things up.

Replace or upgrade your battery

If the above tips don’t help, it may be that your battery is no longer able to hold its charge. Replacing it with a genuine OEM battery or even upgrading it to a higher capacity battery could be the best option. This is easily done at home or by your local computer shop.

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