It is not just the processor, hard disk and graphic card which matters when buying a laptop. Battery is perhaps the most important thing you have to look out for. In fact, battery is the only thing which distinguishes laptop from a typical desktop PC. Without the battery, its just another desktop.
Whenever we take into consideration the battery optimization in laptops, Apple is by-far the best manufacturer of laptops with the longest battery hours. And usually, all the Windows powered laptops lack behind in battery life. However, there are still a plethora of ways to optimize your Windows laptops battery life rather than connecting it to the power source all day long; which will not only limit the portability of the laptop but will also drain out the stamina of the battery.
In this article, we will be discussing a few tweaks inside the Windows OS which will eventually increase the battery live of your laptop. There are a few simple ways and then there are also a few techy-bit ways, but none the less, we will be explaining all of them in detail so that after you are finished with reading the article, you are already aware how to increase your laptop’s battery life.
Perhaps, Microsoft is aware of the fact that the laptops which are running on their operating system ree deficient in their battery life. And maybe that’s why they have added a lot of flexibility when it comes to tweaking the battery.
The very first tweak you should be looking at is the Power Plan. For instance, people only know how to choose between the two major power plans – Balanced/High Performance or Power Saver. By default, the two power plans usually differ in terms of screen brightness, but to our interest, there are a lot more options which can be added to the power plans.
There are a couple of ways that you can access the power plans. You can either click on the battery icon displayed on the task bar or via Control Panel then Power Options. Over here, there are two radio boxes to choose (these include the two default power plans). But these radio boxes won’t optimize your battery life until you modify them.
When it comes to the options, both power plans can be tweaked, but as far as our topic is concerned, we will be playing around with the power saver plan. In order to do this, you need to click on the Change Plan Settings link. Then you will be presented with two categories which distinguishes the power plans between battery and power source. Leave the plugged in settings same as they are but change the setting of the battery category to the following –
- Dim the Display: 2 Minutes
- Turn off The Display: 5 Minutes
- Put the Computer to Sleep: 10 Minutes (doesn’t matter, we will be tweaking it to hibernate after 10 minutes later on)
These are the basic tweaks you need to do, but there are a few other major ones left now. You now need to click on Change Advanced Power Settings, a new window will now open. Over here do the following.
- Expand the Hard disk Field – on battery: 1 minute, plugged in: 30 minutes (reduce it if you want your laptop to charge quickly)
- Expand the Desktop Background Field – Select Pause on both the options
- Expand the Sleep Field – Select the Hibernate After option and select 10 minutes
- Expand Switchable Dynamic Graphic Field – On Battery: Force Power Saving GPU, Plugged in: Automatic GPU selection
- Expand Power Buttons and Lid field – Lid Close Action: Hibernate, Plugged In: Sleep
- Expand Processor Power Management – System Cooling Policy – On battery: Passive, Plugged In- Active
There are also a few things which drain out your laptops battery life secretly. In order to fix these, you should use the default troubleshooter. This can be done by going to the control panel and then clicking on the troubleshoot icon. A new window will appear with many options to troubleshoot for. However, we need to check for the power options, therefore click on the power button. Just go through the troubleshooter and a lot of the battery draining issues will be solved automatically.
Although we have mentioned the major how-to instructions above, there are a few more tips we would like to add to the article, which doesn\’t make a huge impact but every little bit counts.
- Always kill unusual tasks from the task manager
- Minimize the usage of multiple softwares at a time, for example, close skype and uTorrent etc when you don’t need them
- Minimize the Internet usage. Pause downloads when on battery.
- Remove the battery when plugged in and playing games or doing anything that heats up your laptop. Excessive heat can cause the battery to have a shorter life span, malfunctioning and in extreme cases, explosions.