Tip 1. Avoid using unnecessary programs
One of the main reasons of battery life reduction is the usage of unwanted programs on the laptop which only takes in more power from the battery. Hence use only those programs which you mostly work upon. Opening limited number of programs simultaneously can help increase your battery life as well. Also use applications which consume less power.
Tip 2. Clean your Laptop regularly
Any electronic devices gathering dust or dirt generates more heat as it blocks the air-vents and with devices such as Laptops or cell phones their battery life reduces fast. Cleaning air vents from time to time and working in an open space zone which allows the air vents to breathe will help reducing the battery life and heating of the devices.
Tip 3. Genuine Adaptors
The use of cheap quality adaptors can harm the battery life of your laptop. So make sure you use the adaptor of a better quality.
Tip 4. Reduce Background processes
Background processes which are not used much should be reduced. In case of the non usage of the internet stop the other programs associated with running on the task bar something like the anti-virus program as it will also use battery to keep itself running.
Tip 5. Unplug external devices
Make sure that various USB devices such as flash drives, Wi-Fi, data cables, Bluetooth, external speakers….etc should be unplugged when not in use as they use more battery power than any other device.
Tip 6. Check the appropriate levels of your brightness
on your laptop screen. Limit the use according to your tolerate levels as it is again one of the causes of power sink.
Tip 7. Sounds to be checked
Avoid using high volume sounds of your speakers and also try muting your speakers when not in use.
Tip 8. You do not require screen savers
Screen savers suck in more battery power and are totally useless for genuine reasons. So simply avoid using screen savers for effective battery coverage.
Tip 9. Control power options
You can turn off your hard-drive or monitor for a specific time duration using Windows XP and Windows Vista that already come with advanced power management features. This can further be checked by going to control panel and clicking the ‘power options’ feature available on it.
Tip 10. Choose Hibernation mode to Standby mode
Opting in the Hibernation mode will save the battery power as it will turn the computer off completely (saving of course the current state)than choosing the Stand by option where although being in the ‘sleep mode’ with monitor or hard drive turned off the memory still remains active and slows down the CPU.
Tip 11. Go for recent modern laptops
The modern laptops which have arrived in the market have Li-ion ( ‘Li’ stands for Lithium) batteries which doesn’t affect the memory as there is no problem of ‘partial discharges’ and recharge which very much exists in laptops having Ni-MH batteries. It is therefore recommended that you buy a latest one rather than going for an older version.