Tips to Extend the Battery Life of Your Windows Laptop

Whenever you buy a laptop, you plan to hold it for a longer period of time. Battery plays a key role in the longevity and performance of your laptop. That is why it is always important that you take care of your laptop’s battery. There are some tips that you can follow to extend the battery life of your laptop.

This will help you keep your laptop working for several years, it will also fulfill the soul purpose of your laptop, that is, you can carry it around and work remotely. 

In this article, you will find some tips to take care of your laptop’s battery. Follow these tips to keep the laptop working for a longer period of time. 

Provide Proper Airflow

Putting your laptop in on a surface with no ventilation can take a toll on your laptop’s battery. Make sure whenever you are working on your laptop, there is always proper space between the surface and the laptop. 

You can lift the laptop and feel its back. If it is too hot, save your work and turn off your laptop for a while. You can also use a laptop cooling pad to keep it to normal temperature.

The ultimate goal is to make sure that there is enough airflow provided to the laptop. Avoid placing it on the bed, sofa, or any fabric.

Lower The Screen Brightness 

Most of the battery is used in powering up the laptop’s screen. What you can do is lower the screen brightness. You will be surprised how much battery you can save just by lowering your screen brightness a little bit. To do that: 

1: Go to the Windows Search bar, type “Change brightness level” and hit enter.

lower the display brightness

2: Now you can drag the brightness slider to the left side to decrease the brightness. 

Well, that’s it!

All you have to do is keep the brightness to low and this will help a lot to save the battery power. Along with that, lower or turn off the backlights of your laptop’s keyboard as well. You can also use dark wallpaper to save battery on your laptop.

Turn Off WiFi and Bluetooth if Not Needed

Well, unlike smartphones, laptops aren’t that great in optimizing the battery life with services like WiFi and Bluetooth. As a result, when you keep them turned on, they take up a lot battery power. 

If you are not using WiFi and Bluetooth services, it is always a good option to turn them off. This prevents WiFi services to look out for new available networks and drain your battery. You can always turn them on whenever you need them so it will not be a problem. 

Unplug Unnecessary Peripherials

Peripherals like trackpads, mouse, keyboard, external HDD etc may add more functionality and productivity to your workflow, but they use battery too. If you regularly use a lot of peripherals, it can affect battery health. Resulting in a quick draining battery. 

So if you are not using these connected peripherals for your work, just unplug them. Only connect the peripherals that you are actually going to use.

Use Battery Saver Mode to Extend Battery life

Luckily, Windows 10 provide a great in-built battery saver feature that is very useful. Using this feature will definitely help you to maintain a healthy battery on your laptop. 

It is always recommended to use battery saver mode whenever you are not plugged into a power source. Here is how you can turn it on:

1: Go to the Windows Search Bar, type “Battery Saver” and hit enter. 

2: Turn on the battery saver by clicking on the toggle. 

battery saver mode to extend battery life

That’s it! This will help you work remotely for longer, but it will also save battery life.

Monitor Battery Usage by Apps

You have the option to check which apps are using the most battery resources on your laptop. Always monitor these apps and restrict using them. Here is how to see battery usage aby apps:

1: Go to the Windows Search bar, type “Settings” and hit enter. 

2: Click on ‘System’. 

System Settings

3: From the left menu, go to ‘Battery’. 

4: Navigate down and you will see the battery usage by apps. 

battery usages by apps in Windows 10

Here you can monitor which apps are using more battery resources and then use them accordingly. 

Use Airplane Mode

Instead of just turning off WiFi, Bluetooth, and other services one-by-one, switching to Airplane mode is the best way to save the battery on your device. This will turn off all the wireless services on your laptop. 

Once you have created a workflow, just turn on the Airplane mode on your laptop. Here is how:

1: Click on the Wireless networks on the right side of the taskbar. 

2: From here, click on the ‘Airplane mode’ to turn it on. 

turn on airplane mode to extend battery life

That’s it!

Use to Battery Saver Slider 

The more performance you want from your laptop, the more battery it will consume. Luckily, Windows 10 gives you the choice of whether you want more battery life or more performance. You can do this by:

1: Click on the battery indicator on the right side of the taskbar. 

2: Drag the slider to the left side in order to get better battery life. 

battery saver slider

That’s it! The more you drag this slider to the left, the better battery life you will get. 

Monitor Battery Health

Laptop batteries can handle certain full charge cycles, generally, this number is around 500-600 cycles. A full charge cycle is when the battery drains to 0% and then charges to 100%.

If you plug the laptop to AC adapter after 50% battery and recharge it to 100% then it will contribute half cycle. The capacity will decrease over the time with usages.

You can check the cycle count and other battery details by generating the battery report.

1. Go to Start and search for cmd.

2. Select Command Prompt, right-click and “Run as Administrator“.

3. Type powercfg /batteryreport and hit enter, it will save the battery report in System32 directory but you can change the location by using this command-

powercfg /batteryreport output “c:\batteryreport.html this will save the report in the root of C drive.

battery report in windows 10

It will show you detailed information about your battery including cycle counts, recent usages, usages history, capacity etc. You can even calculate the battery health in percentage.

Battery health in percentage = (Full charge capacity/design capacity) x100

Do Not Do High-Performance Tasks Without Connected to a Power Source

Whenever you are doing a high-performance task like video rendering, gaming, etc. Just plug your laptop into a power source and then do the heavy tasks. These heavy tasks require a lot of power and your laptop can only provide it for a limited time. 

Heavy tasks will flush out your battery very quickly and they also damage the battery health. So try to do all of your power-extensive tasks when you are plugged into a power source. This will help you maintain battery health. 

Closing Phrase 

So these are some tips to extend the battery life of your laptop. Make sure to follow these tips whenever you are working on your laptop. Remember, the secret to the battery longevity is a healthy battery. All of the above tips will help you to keep your battery healthy and thus provide a longer battery life.

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