How To Maintain Better Life For Your Laptop Battery

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A laptop with a poor battery is more than a nuisance. It can ruin an important business presentation, or leave you stuck in the middle of a business teleconference. Unless you always have access to electrical power, having a poor battery can be very inconvenient. So how can you get more life out of your laptop battery? Is it just a matter of maintaining it, keeping it charged, or is it just the bane of laptop owners to have to replace their laptop batteries frequently?

For the most part, laptops use Lithium-Ion batteries. The life of a laptop battery is determined by the type of battery and its quality. It also depends on how the battery is cared for. Lithium-Ion batteries are less susceptible to the dreaded memory effect than previous types of rechargeable batteries. There are some important ways to take care of your laptop battery however. According to an article published by Tina Sieber, make use of, “Two things can damage Li-Ion batteries: deep discharges and heat. All of the following battery DOs and DON’Ts are derived from these two major factors.

Li-Ion Battery DOs

* partially discharge and recharge (no memory effect).* charge at lower voltage.* take out battery when laptop is running with AC power connected.* store battery in refrigerator with a 40-50% charge.* cycle the battery every few weeks or after every 30 partial charges.

Li-Ion Battery DON’Ts:

* deep discharge battery.* trickle charge.* ultra-fast charge.* leave fully charged battery in laptop while running on AC power (heat damage).* freeze battery.* buy old Li-Ion or spare batteries (Li-Ion batteries age, usually lasting an average of 2 years).”

In addition to taking care of your laptop battery, there are ways to set up your laptop so it uses the battery more efficiently. Tina Sieber has given us the following tips and steps to help get the most from your battery life.

Tina’s Tips:

1. Ship shape with a defragRegular defragmentation helps to arrange data more efficiently thus making the hard drive work less to access the data. The quicker the moving hard drive works lesser is the load placed on the battery. Thus, your batter can last longer. The effect is minimal, but this efficiency goes hand in glove with hard drive maintenance.

2. Kill the resource gobblersEnd the background processes that are not vital. Monitor the resource usage through a “Ctrl-Alt-Del’ which brings up the Windows Task Manager (in Windows). If you’re not on the internet, it is safe to shut down the immediate non-essential programs running in the taskbar like the antivirus and the firewall. Weed out unnecessary programs running as start-ups by launching the System Configuration Utility from Run “” Msconfig “” Tab: Startup. Uncheck the programs which you don’t want to launch and reboot the computer once.

3. Pause the scheduled tasksIt may be a defrag or a virus scan, but make sure it is scheduled for a time when you are near a power outlet. If not then nix them for the moment.

4. Unplug external devicesUSB devices are the biggest drainers of battery power. Unplug all external devices like an external mouse, PC cards, Wi-Fi, external speakers, Bluetooth and even an attached iPod.

5. Empty the CD/DVD DrivesEven if you don’t intend to use it, don’t leave any CD/DVDs as leftovers in the drives. A spinning drive sucks battery power like a sponge.

6. Go localDesist using the DVD/external drives while running on batteries. Shift the content to the hard drive or run using (free) virtual drives like Pismo File Mount or even Microsoft’s Virtual CD ROM Control Panel.

7. Lower the lightsThe LCD screen of a laptop is another huge power sink. Calibrate the brightness to the lowest level you can tolerate using the Function key toggles or using the Display Settings applet in the Control Panel.

8. Kill the soundsMute the speakers and try avoiding the use of multimedia software to maximize the Dell Inspiron 6400 battery life. Installed sound schemes also drain a battery perceptibly.

9. Rid the screensaverTo maximize battery life by a little, switch off the screensaver.

10. Visit Power OptionsGet familiar with power management through the “Power Options’ applet in the Control Panel. XP, Vista, and Windows 7 come with advanced power management features which shut off components like the monitor and/or the hard drive after specified intervals. This again depends on the chosen “Power Schemes’ (for XP) in the same applet. For instance in XP, “Max Battery’ under Power Schemes can be selected for maximum ACER BT.00903.014 battery optimization.

Similar settings can be found under “Mobile PC’ in the Control Panel of Vista.

11. Turn off the looksToday’s OS’s like Windows Vista come with features like “Aero Glass’ which are resource guzzlers. One can turn it off and go for the “Classic’ appearance which consumes less power. In Vista, click on Desktop – Preferences – View Colour – Appearance – Classic Appearance and Windows Basic graphical interface. In XP it’s – Display Properties – Theme – Windows Classic. Linux and even Macintosh are better optimized for longer battery life.

12. Hibernate is better than SleepIn the Stand By mode (or sleep mode), the computer turns of the hard drive and the display but memory remains active while the CPU slows down. This draws on the battery. In contrast, hibernation mode is better because the computer saves the current state and shuts itself down completely thus saving power.

13. Get the mostwork on the leastWorking on too many programs while on the APPLE A1045 battery is a sure fire power drainer. Keep use of graphic intensive applications to a minimum. Working on a spreadsheet consumes much less than playing your favorite game. To increase the life of the battery open just one or two programs concurrently.

14. Ram in more RAMAdequate RAM reduces the load on Virtual memory which by default resides on the hard drive. Though every extra bit of RAM uses up more power, it increases overall savings by short cutting access to the power hungry hard drive.

15. Keep it cleanA laptop with blocked air vents will generate more heat thus reducing the life of the battery. Clean the air vents regularly to keep operating temperatures low. Allow for open space around the vents for air to circulate freely. Keep the area around the laptop clean to avoid entry of dust.

16. Temperature is a silent killerUndue heat kills off a battery slowly but surely. Avoid leaving the laptop under direct sunlight or inside a closed car.

17. Avoid the memory effectA problem more for the older Ni-MH batteries than for Li-Ion batteries on which most modern laptops run. Memory effect relates to the loss of battery charge when they are repeatedly recharged after being only partially discharged. It can be prevented by discharging the battery fully and then completely recharging it. Li-Ion batteries on the oth

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