A gadget freak knows that the most vulnerable part of his/her laptop is nothing but its own battery.
Though most of the laptop battery manufacturers boast of making batteries which can last for 5 to 6 hours, they fail to emphasize that such lifespan can be given only when you use it in the most ideal conditions..
Thus our batteries fall short of providing our laptops with the required energy more than often. The reason is simple. We don't know how to use it judiciously to elongate its life. Follow the following lines on this electronic blog so you don't fall prey to such a situation.
Use Power-saving Setting : Every laptop has its power-saving setting in its control panel. Using this setting helps to stop the unwanted use of various parts such as hard drive, screen etc. Also reducing the time limit for your screensaver around one minute helps a lot.
No Externals : Using externals laptop accessories such as, mouse, keyboards, and entertainments appliances such as DVDs and CD playrers hamper the life of a battery. It is better to use the inbuilt keyboard and touchpad. Also, watch a movie directly from the hard drive only. Also using headphones saves more energy than using a speaker.
Kick On The Backlight : There are times when you don't need the backlight at all such as while downloading a file etc. So you better switch it off.
Switch off Bluetooth : It tends to switch on when you start your laptop computers. Thus it brings enough load on the battery. So, switch it off if you are not using it.
Say Bye To Wi-Fi : The same damage can be done by a Wi-Fi connection too. So better disconnect it when not in use.
Set Your Screen : Using your screen in the right way can save your battery for long. You can do it by minimizing the brightness, color composition and resolution to the maximum.
Regular Defragmentation : Regular defragmentation of the hard disk has two obvious benefits. First, it speeds up your processor and secondly, it keeps all the files in regular order which saves time while locating a file. Thus helping you save the battery.
Close Unnecessary Processes : You are not required to use all the processes while operating your laptop. So close down all the processes which bring an unwanted load on the laptop. Vistas needs no more than 48 switched-on processes for a smooth operation. Also do you know that you can use Microsoft XP closing down all but 18 processes?
Clean It : You are not supposed to give it a bath in the tub. Rather you keep cleaning, using a cotton ball, the metal contacts of your battery almost once in a month. Removing the dirt improves the flow of energy.
Use It or Lose It : Never leave a fully charged battery unused for weeks. Use almost every week. It is just like warm up session for a battery.
By: Pattrick Savarna
26 February 2009 Hardware