How can I improve my laptop’s battery life?

apoorv gupta October 17, 2012
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How can I increase my battery life of my laptop? Dell Inspiron 4010 with a Core i3 320 GB hard disk?

  1. Abba Jee
    November 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

    use tuneup utilities it will do your job :)

  2. Gianna Marie Lanete
    November 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    just unplugged ur battery when it is full ,dont overcharged it.

  3. Aniket Singh
    November 3, 2012 at 7:29 am
  4. Marquis de Fabula
    October 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Batteries have a 'memory.' In order to make the battery have the longest charge and recharge you need to deplete it fully before recharging it. Ubuntu and Lubuntu do this automatically. Windows XP didn't, I don't know if more current versions do. If not just leave the machine on until the battery is dead, then recharge it. This is a pain but what I know of lithium-ion batteries. (I learned the hard way, my battery became useless, it's life was 5 minutes.)

  5. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    reduce your screen brightness

  6. Kannon Y
    October 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Ryan Dube wrote a great guide on reducing your laptop's power consumption through several methods - mainly reducing programs on start-up, disabling unused hardware and other software solutions.

    And here's a really good WikiHow article on a few other methods that work.

    After doing everything possible to reduce my laptop's drain, it became apparent that most of the conventional wisdom on this subject does not particularly change the way your computer uses power in a substantial manner. For example, disabling unneeded devices doesn't necessarily reduce your computer's wattage consumption by enough to actually improve battery life by a noticeable degree.

    In my experience, killing unused processes, reducing screen brightness and turning WiFi/Bluetooth off when unneeded made the biggest differences.

    Two upgrades that you might want to consider are switching to a single stick of RAM and upgrading to an SSD. A single stick of RAM only slightly improves battery life. An SSD might give you about an hour more life.

  7. Sam Rosario
    October 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    reduce brightness, let the battery get completely empty before charging. Just yday i read an article on makeuseof to remove battery when you have a electric power supply.

  8. Raja Pradeep
    October 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Put ur laptop in Power saver mode. Reduce screen brightness, turn Wifi, bluetooth when not in use.

  9. Alex Perkins
    October 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Turn down brightness, turn off wireless & Bluetooth, keep it cool by allowing good air flow, shut down any extra processes in task manager, turn of the track pad when not in use.

  10. James Donnelly
    October 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    There are a number of things that you can do, the most cliché thing to do is turn the brightness now. But alternatively do things like turn bluetooth wireless off when it isn't needed, and use the least amount of processes/services you can.

  11. Vishal Mishra
    October 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Reducing brightness is the best way to increase battery life and powering off your screen when not in use (for example playing audio songs, downloading something, etc).

  12. Boni Oloff
    October 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Dimming your monitor display will safe much battery..

  13. Saurabh Banwaskar
    October 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

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  14. rss
    October 18, 2012 at 4:41 am

    tO SAVE BATTERY LIFE, REDUCE YOUR PC SCREEN BRIGHTNESS, TURN OFF THE COMPUTER WHEN YOU ARE NOT USING IT, OR THE BEST ADVICE IS TO SPEND JUST A FEW MINUTES ON SOCIAL NETWORKS LIKE FACEBOOK OR TWEETER EACH DAY. PEOPLE RUN OUT OF 'JUICE' WHEN THEY SPEND TOO MUCH TIME DOING INTERACTRIONS OF LITTLE VALULE TO THEM OR THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

  15. Rayon Blend
    October 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    all of these posts are good - follow some of these you should be fine good luck ! i couldn't said better than myself .

  16. Zhong Jiang
    October 17, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Remove the battery pack at 40%, put it in a zip-lock plastic bag and store in the fridge. This will prolong the battery life and will preserve its usability. However, there are certain circumstances when you'll need the battery for mobility, so don't overcharge your computer (if it's 100% charged, unplug the A/C) and don't charge it at last minue (when the machine shuts down due to drained batteries).

  17. Warcraft Wordpress
    October 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Battery life can be extended by:
    1. Turning on Economical power option when unplugged. every laptop has one.
    2. Disable bloatware that starts up on boot and keeps eating your battery.
    3. Decrease screen brightness by couple notches.
    4. Avoid leaving laptop permanently plugged in power.
    5. Use up battery then plug in power, do this about once a day.
    6. Avoid placing laptop on soft surfaces like beds or pillows.
    7. purchase cooling pad and put laptop on it. (about 10$-30$)

    Software to use:
    my recommended soft is WiseCare360. google it.
    It will selectively recommend, safe to disable unneeded startup programs. Also cleans computer safely from junk.

  18. Nathan Labbe
    October 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    If you open your start menu and type "configuration" (minus quotation marks" and click on "system configuration" there will be a few tabs with some setting that control what services and applications run when Windows boots.

  19. Ho Jin Hao
    October 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    lower the brightness to as low as you find it comfortable

  20. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Keep this in mind
    1. Defrag regularly
    2. Dim your screen
    3. Cut down on programs running in the background
    4. Cut down external devices
    5. Add more RAM
    6. Run off a hard drive rather than CD/DVD
    7. Keep the battery contacts clean
    8. Take care of your battery
    9. Hibernate not standby
    10. Keep operating temperature down
    11. Set up and optimize your power options
    12. Don’t multitask
    13. Go easy on the PC demands
    14. Get yourself a more efficient laptop
    15. Prevent the Memory Effect
    16. Turn off the autosave function
    17. Lower the graphics use
    Hope it helps.Cheers!

  21. Anonymous
    October 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Reduse brightness and use power saving mode instead of balanced mode of performance in windows 7

  22. Harry Barnes
    October 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    install a program called tuneup utiilities and turn on economy mode. That will almost double your battery.

  23. apoorv gupta
    October 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    thnx a lot everybody for ur great suggestions..
    my problem is now resolved:):)

  24. Ahmed Khalil
    October 17, 2012 at 9:40 am
  25. Bishal Mahat
    October 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

    its simple reduce your display brightness, mute audio, close unnecesary softwares running in background

  26. tiffany kennedy
    October 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

    You may have a close look at the following article about some tips for extending the laptop battery's life:
    http://www.friedbeef.com/top-15-ways-to-extend-your-laptop-battery-life/

  27. ha14
    October 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

    try to create a working profil by shutting unnecessary background process with AppBooster
    http://www.appsmaker.com/files/product-prodID%3D1%26details.php.html

  28. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

    these are some tips that I got when I bought my dell n5110.

    tip 1 : the initial charge should go upto 8 hours ( when you first buy the thing )
    tip 2 : always install latest hardware drivers
    tip 3 : minimize the services that run in back ground. ( this will reduce the stress on hardware. )

    Battery usage tips,

    tip 1 : if the battery s fully charged, disconnect the power connector and run from the battery.
    tip 2 : don't always keep the charger connected. remove it after charging.
    tip 3 : do a full battery drain every two weeks to ensure life time.
    tip 4 : if you are going to keep the laptop away for few months, remove the battery and keep in a dry cold place.

    • Gordon Scott
      October 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

      This is the best answer to the question....about battery life.
      All the other nonsense about software is useless.

      The biggest battery hog is the screen so dim your display.
      Secondly, run the cpu at a lower power setting.

      Batteries have a memory..so you have to charge and discharge the battery properly to extend its life.

  29. Jonas Nordgren
    October 17, 2012 at 6:58 am

    i personally close unnecessary processes, and tweak the power management setting, and its already mentioned but i use classic style too :) it works great on my AO722!

    • Harry Barnes
      October 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      yeah, especially if you use google chrome, every new tab is a separate process, meaning that it is very very fast, but also slows the computer down a lot.

  30. Justine
    October 17, 2012 at 5:55 am

    If you are running Windows XP or higher (Windows Vista, 7, etc.) use a classic style of Windows. You can do this under Appearence settings in the Properties menu - where you would find Desktop and Screensaver preferences. Right click and select Properties on Windows XP. Classic style uses less resources and wont save you a ton of battery life, but something to keep in mind. :)

  31. Deekshith Allamaneni
    October 17, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Use light weight applications. For example, use SumatraPDF instead of Adobe Reader... and many more.

    If you can switch to Linux, then use Lubuntu. I am pretty sure that you will have much longer battery life with Lubuntu operating system.

  32. Drew Butler
    October 17, 2012 at 2:50 am

    All above are good suggestions. I wanted to add that 1. Most laptops have a "power save" mode usually applied by clicking on your battery indicator in the taskbar. 2. You should make sure to "cycle" the battery (run the battery all the way down and then fully charge it) at least once a month. 3. Close any background programs that you aren't currently using(the icons for these are usually in the taskbar as well). 4. Close any widgets that you aren't using.

    Falling asleep at the keyboard lol.. Everyone have a good night it's time for me to go to bed :)

  33. Adrian Rea
    October 17, 2012 at 2:06 am

    you could think about less proceesor intensive programs - notepad instead of word etc, use the internet at a minimum, lower volume.
    not sure if an external monitor helps but then that would be plugged in.
    Consider SSDs use significantly less wattage at peak load than hard drives, less than 2W vs. 6W for an HDD.

    • apoorv gupta
      October 17, 2012 at 2:20 am

      Ok thanks a lot for the information..
      But my previous question is still unanswered..
      how can i delete the leftovers of uninstalled softwares from whole of the (c) drive?

    • Drew Butler
      October 17, 2012 at 2:55 am

      http://www.ehow.com/how_6216751_uninstall-left-over-program-files.html

      There is one method. Another is using software like Tuneup Utilities. Hope this helps :)

    • Harry Barnes
      October 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      yeah tuneup utilities is insanely effective, i agree

    • Rayon Blend
      October 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Goes to -Start-unstall program --locate the program you are looking for

    • Adrian Rea
      October 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      If you think that old software is still running go Start> Run> "MSCONFIG" > startup tab and look through for old programs, this is the best place to look if you think they are using your resources and the services tab if you want to stop certain elements but do so with caution and backups.

  34. Adrian Rea
    October 17, 2012 at 2:00 am

    As bruce said and - turn off bluetooth and wireless if not used, keep vent holes clear to reduce overheating.

    • apoorv gupta
      October 17, 2012 at 2:04 am

      what about softwares?
      how can i delete the leftovers of uninstalled softwares from whole of the (c) drive?

    • susendeep dutta
      October 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Use CCleaner software to remove any traces of leftovers.If your laptop has badly coded softwares,then you can use Revo Uninstaller to uninstall those softwares.

      To increase the battery life of your laptop,the software choice must be one that is lightweight and gets its work done with minimal amount of stress in the system.

      Antivirus - Avast.
      Browser - Mozilla.
      ISO and CD/DVD burning - ImgBurn.
      etc.

  35. Bruce Epper
    October 17, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Reduce display brightness, allow drives to spin down when not in use,

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