Batteries don’t last forever. All too soon, you’ll notice your laptop and/or smartphone don’t last as long as they used to. To maximize that (sometimes non-user-replaceable) battery’s lifespan and also get more juice out of it during the day, follow these top ten tips.
10. Use Your Laptop Manufacturer’s Battery Care Tools
Laptop makers such as Lenovo and Sony sometimes offer battery maintenance tools
that automatically prevent the battery from being stored at full charge, which can make the battery deteriorate faster. Look for a battery or power management utility on your laptop to see if you could benefit and if the laptop is plugged in for long periods of time and can work without the battery in it, remove the battery.
9. Keep Your Phone and Laptop Cool
8. Turn Down the Brightness
7. Use Battery Saving Apps
6. Choose Sleep Mode Rather Than Shutdown If You’ll Use Your Laptop Soon
When you put your laptop to sleep it still draws some power, which might lead you to think it’s better to shutdown your computer. However, in our experience
, shutting down and starting up a laptop can actually draw more power than putting it to sleep and waking it. Hibernating saves more battery life than sleep mode, but it takes longer to get back to up and running. How-To Geek has a primer on sleep, shutdown, and hibernate modes
to help you decide when to use each.
5. Calibrate Your Phone or Laptop Battery
Your phone and laptop can sometimes lie about how much charge you have left. Calibrating the battery every so often will make sure it’s accurate
. The process is pretty easy
, at least on laptops. (Unfortunately, if calibration doesn’t help and your battery life is piddling, it’s time to replace the battery, if possible.)
4. Don’t Let Your Phone or Laptop Run Out of Battery Too Often
Modern batteries these days don’t need to be frequently fully discharged in order to retain battery life. Instead, charge more often before use
rather than letting the battery run down. These shallow charges will help extend your battery’s lifespan.
3. Don’t Leave Your Phone Plugged In When It’s Completely Charged
In a similar vein, you don’t need to charge your battery all the way to 100%. 40-80% would be preferable
. If you do charge your gadget to 100%, unplug it so it doesn’t stay at that fully-charged, battery-health-eating state. (When in doubt, you might
also want to unplug your laptop regularly.) As for rapid charging, while it could reduce battery life, the differenceprobably won’t be noticeable
for most people.
2. Test and Monitor Your Laptop’s Battery
Batteries can be mystifying with all these do’s and don’ts to follow. If you find your laptop battery doesn’t hold a charge very long anymore, there are some troubleshooting tips and tools
you can try to fix the problem, whether you’re on Mac or Windows.
1. Keep Your Smartphone and Laptop Running with Some Basic Battery Life Tips
Finally, what if you just want your phone or laptop to last all day? An oldie but a goody, ourguide to saving your smartphone’s battery
covers all the basics, from switching off unneeded services and background notifications to using mobile sites. We’ve got Android-
battery guides as well, but almost any phone model will benefit from a few basic tips
, such as turning off Wi-Fi when you’re not using it (Wi-Fi, however, uses less battery than cellular data if you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network). These tips generally also apply to laptops.
Illustration by Tina Mailhot-Roberge.
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