Battery Life

Some tips to help make your battery last longer during the day:

  1. When not using the laptop in class, turn it off or put it into hibernation (not sleep!)
  2. Fully charge the battery each night at home.
  3. Don’t use the laptop while on your way to school. (In car or bus)
  4. Don’t turn the laptop on until you need to use it at school.
  5. During the day, don't play computer games, music or DVD movies - Multimedia activities drain laptop batteries.
  6. Use the notebook touchpad instead of an external mouse.
  7. Adjust your screen brightness - Dimming your display saves battery power.
  8. Tweak Windows Power Options - Choose a Laptop power scheme that turns off the laptop monitor and hard disk after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  9. Decrease or mute the Laptop Speaker Volume.
  10. Programs that are run from a CD or DVD can be copied to and run from the hard drive, which typically consumes less power than an optical drive.
  11. Defrag regularly. The faster your hard drive does its work – less demand you are going to put on the hard drive and your battery. Make your hard drive as efficient as possible by defragging it regularly. (All Programs|Accessories|System Tools|Disk Defragmenter)
  12. Hibernate not sleep – Although placing a laptop in sleep mode saves some power and you can instantly resume where you left off, it doesn’t save anywhere as much power as the hibernate function does. Hibernating a laptop will actually save your laptop state as it is, and completely shut itself down.
    1. Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options\System Settings
i. On Battery setting, select Hibernate for When I close the lid option