Extending Your Laptop Battery Life

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How to extend battery life?

As they say, diamonds last forever. I cannot say the same for laptop batteries though. After one to two hours, they start to fail you and before you know it, you need to find an outlet to charge them . When you are constantly on the go, this list of tips will help you save some precious running time.

  • You have to remember that the hotter the battery, the faster it deteriorates. It is important to always keep your laptop cool. You can also buy a cooling pad to lessen the heat. Don’t know what to look for in a cooling pad? Follow this buying guide.
  • Do not multitask. In our desktop computers, we are so used to running various tasks at the same time, and opening various applications and services. These consumes battery life. Close unnecessary applications that you can resume when you arrive home. Reserve your remaining battery life for the important ones.
  • Learn to use simple applications. This is related to the tip above. If you plan to do something like writing a proposal. Draft it in a notepad first rather than typing in Microsoft Word. Choose a simple text editor over a RAM heavy application. Games are also RAM heavy. If you want to save your precious battery life, do the intense gaming later.
  • Edit your power options. Set your power plan to energy saver or power saver. Avoid high performance plans. This favors performance, but may use more battery life. Put your computer screen to sleep or turn off display when not in use. If you are in a well lit room, there is no need to set the laptop’s brightness to its highest configuration.
  • If you are not using your laptop for a long time, shut it down. Enabling standby mode will still drain the battery life. When you are ready to resume, that is when you turn your laptop on.
  • Turn off any wireless connection that is not in use. This applies to your Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connection. If you do not plan to connect to the internet (or to another device), then, switch it off to avoid draining the battery.
  • You can also disable unused ports. You temporarily disable certain ports like USB, VGA, Ethernet, and so on. These ports also drain battery life. For Windows users, you can check your Device Manager for more specific ports.
  • Defragment your hard disk. You do not have to do this on Mac as it automatically defrags when necessary. For Windows, if your hard disk is 10% fragmented, your better defrag. (You can check this guide if you need help.) The more fragmented it is, the more your hard disk needs to work. Thus, consuming more battery life than it should.

Do not expect batteries to go on forever. Batteries are only for back up purposes. When you are on the road, and traveling, it will allow you to check some files, review a presentation, and so on. To be honest, it is more of a hassle than what it is worth. So, know your priorities because batteries will eventually wear off.

Buying Guide: Laptop Cooling Pads



Silver Macbook Pro Beside Black IphoneWhen your laptop has serious things to do, it tends to overheat quickly. Heat buildup can damage your laptop and heat can even cause your laptop to become volatile. This may lead to permanent damage. Using a cooling pad will be a good idea in order to prevent weakened performance.  What should you look for in a cooling pad? Does buying a cooling pad with multiple fans ideal? Follow this guide to get that suitable cooling pad for your laptop.

  • Portability vs. Durability.

Getting a cooling pad depends on your lifestyle. Because this brand is famous, you will probably buy it immediately. No, what is your laptop’s activity? Is it a desktop replacement? If it is a yes, you might want a more durable one. Metal or aluminum cooling pads would be better than the plastic ones. If you are travelling a lot, then, the plastic cooling pad is perfect. Choose a cooling pad that is lightweight and portable. If your laptop is always on-the-go, consider a slim cooling pad that you can easily carry with you.

  • Performance.

You should NOT get the cooling pad with the most fans. The number of fans does not matter. What does matter? The cubic feet per minute (or the CFM) of a cooling pad is a significant component that you should look for. The amount of air a cooling pad can disseminate is calculated in CFM. A cooling pad with a high CFM is better choice to cool your laptop compared to a cooling pad with multiple fans that has a lower CFM. When deciding which cooling pad to get, do not go for the pad with multiple fans. Always choose the one with the higher CFM.

  • Power Source.

Some cooling pads are powered independently and some are powered via USB port. Attaching a USB-powered cooling pad means you are losing a port. Find a cooling pad with an extra USB port so that you do not have to worry about the bargain. Well, there are other cooling pads that have optional adapters for dedicated power, but it would be a hassle for you. It will be another bulky accessory that you need to carry around.

  • Heat Spots.

Every laptop is different. You have to know the areas that heat up quickly and find an adequate cooling pad for it. No matter how expensive your cooling pad is, if it does not address the heat spot, your cooling pad is useless. It is important to get the suitable cooling pad for your laptop and not because it is a popular choice.


Protect your laptop from more potential damage. Other habits you should avoid are: using your laptop in the sun, leaving your laptop in the car, and placing your laptop on your lap. Do not leave your laptop behind especially if you are going to be away for a long period and you will let it sit in a hot car. If it is in direct sunlight, move it. Laptops may shut down and refuse to function if they arrive at a dangerous level of heat.

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