How to Increase Notebook Battery Life

Having your notebook die on you when you’re working on the move is one of the worst things that can happen. Conserve battery life and stay productive with our tips.

Modern notebook PCs are much better at conserving their power than older computers. If you believe in running an environmentally friendly business, the newer green hard drives and solid state drives help you minimise power consumption. Notebooks with green settings also cut down on power usage while extending battery life.

Even so, business users can often extend the battery life of notebooks by changing a few key settings. Here's a quick guide to ecologically friendly notebook power settings that can extend battery life significantly.

Notebook Settings In Windows

Notebooks that use Windows 7*, XP* or Vista* have a few predetermined power plans for users to choose from as well as a Custom option. To view these plans, open Control Panel from your computer's Start menu. Choose Power Options from either the System and Maintenance (Windows 7 and Vista) or Performance and Maintenance (XP) menus.

Power Options

The Power Options menu offers both simple and advanced settings. Some notebooks have a special eco-friendly plan, which limits screen brightness while lowering the time it takes for a computer to go to sleep or hibernate. Choosing custom options will allow you to choose each setting separately, so sleep and hibernate times can be manually set.

Brightness

To get really great battery life, have your staff lower their screen brightness through the Display menu in the Control Panel. Some notebooks also have special graphics card programs, which can be used to minimize power consumption while a computer's unplugged.

Optimise from the Start

With all modern notebooks, it's a good idea to set power settings as soon as possible after buying a computer. When a computer is unplugged, running down its battery completely before recharging may extend battery life. Check your computer's manual to find out if this is the case.

Mac OS Notebooks

Apple notebooks have similar power settings, although changing them is a bit different. Go to your computer's Apple menu and selected System Preferences. The Hardware tab has several power-related settings that can be changed by computer users. Sleep settings can be changed under the Energy Saver tab. Processor performance can also be changed. Lower processor speeds mean a slower computer, but can also mean better battery life.

Making these simple adjustments to a notebook's power settings is a great way to keep a battery running for longer, reduce your power bill and keep your staff on the go. With a slightly dimmer screen and manually adjusted sleep settings, a computer can often get 20% or more battery life. It's well worth the time make a few key adjustments, especially if you frequently use your notebook on battery power.

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